Blueberry Green Zinger Smoothie
(HealthCastle.com) These past few weeks, I have been eating and enjoying blueberries. While they are in season July - October, in our house, we enjoy them all year long, eating them both in their fresh and frozen forms. Blueberries are an easy fruit to like. Dubbed as "natures candy", they offer bursts of flavour and color to any dish that they are a part of.
Last week, I posted a Blueberry Pineapple Salsa recipe. This week, I am blending up blueberries with some deep red and green vegetables into a nourishing smoothie that will kick start and energize your day.
I have written about including vegetables in your smoothies in a previous post. Most people that I coach are low in their vegetable intake. Vegetables are chock full of nutrients and phytonutrients, designed by nature to keep you feeling well. Blending up vegetables into your smoothies is a quick, simple and tasty way to fit more veggies into your diet.
Blueberry Green Zinger Smoothie:
- 2 cups Spinach
- 5 Stalks Kale, roughly chopped
- 1 cup Beets*, cooked and roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp Fresh ginger
- 2.5 cups Blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup Lemon juice
- 3 tbsp Honey
- 1.5 cups Green tea, prepared and cooled
- 1/2 cup Water
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
* Beets - you can buy pre-cooked beets, or, you can easily cook your own. Simply wrap beet bulbs in foil and roast in a 350 degree oven for about 90 minutes. Cool until you can handle. Peel the skin and add the cooked beets to the blender.
Green tea has many phytonutrients and is considered a functional food - a food that has health benefits that extend beyond just nutrients. Remember that green tea does contain caffeine. So be mindful of this when enjoying this smoothie.
This recipe is practically medicine in a glass, except that it tastes great! Enjoy!
Recipe and photo credit are courtesy of the BC Blueberry Council, and are reprinted here with permission.
Written by Calgary Dietitian, Kristyn Hall MSc, RD, Director, HealthCastle Calgary.