Did you know Australian farmers grow 6, 000 tonnes* of blueberries each year? That’s a lot of love for this tiny tasty berry! It’s shame we still buy so many berries from overseas. Perhaps things will change due to the recent Hepatitis A drama?
One of my favourite ways to enjoy berries is in smoothies. This is because you can use frozen berries (tip – buy up when they are in season). Using frozen berries has a double function of having some to use at all times of year and acting as ‘ice’ (to keep make the smoothie nice and cold).
Anyways, I wanted to share the best blueberry smoothie recipe created by the lovely Baden (also known as Mr SOL).
Maybe it’s because he makes this for me (and you know how everything always tastes better when someone else makes it?) or maybe it’s just a cracker of a combo. Either way this is a very tasty smoothie!
Um. What’s great about blueberries?
Before we get to the recipe, maybe I should just mention why blueberries are good for us?
Well. Here’s 3 nutritional benefits of blueberries:
- They are a great source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, antioxidants (cancer fighting)
- They are low Glycemic Index (GI) meaning they a great fruit choice for people with Diabetes or PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome.
- They contain anthocyanins (that’s a phytochemical). These have a possible effect on strengthening the collagen in our skin, improving blood pressure and circulation.
So, here it is… The best blueberry smoothie recipe
- 1/2 cup blueberries (use more if you like it really thick)
- 100-200ml of plain coconut water (or just plain water if you like)
- Sprinkle of shredded coconut
- 1 small banana
- Sprinkle of LSA (linseed, sunflower & almond mix – about a tablespoon is good)
- 1/2 teaspoon of honey (optional)
- Pretty easy really.
- Throw all the ingredients it into a blender and wizz it altogether!
- Most of all, enjoy
- You can use milk (any kind you like – oat, almond, soy or cows) instead of the coconut water
- You can add extra protein like a tablespoon of whey protein powder, rice protein powder or even sustagen.
- You can swap for other berries – like mixed berries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberrries
- You can use chia seeds, oat bran or a handful of almonds instead of LSA