Blueberry Pie Smoothie

blueberry pie smoothie copy 200x300 Blueberry Pie SmoothieFrom Teresa Cutter – The Healthy Chef

I make my blueberry pie smoothie as a quick breakfast or at times blend it up as a night time snack to help satisfy my sweet tooth.  My freezer is always full with frozen blueberries and at times I’ll add a chopped frozen banana for extra creaminess and sustenance.

What’s good about it:
This smoothie is high in protein, antioxidants, folate, minerals and fibre to support a healthy metabolism. Studies show the blueberries contain antioxidants called polyphenols which are anti-inflammatory to the body and can promote optimum health + vitality. Chia seed or my suggested alternatives pump up the omega 3.  Omega-3  fatty acid is an essential fatty acid, critical for good health and must be obtained from the food we eat. Benefits include helping to lower cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure, improving symptoms of arthritis and improved mental health. (The brain is 60% fat and needs omega 3 to function properly).  Adding in a scoop of protein will complete the meal and help support a healthy metabolism. A touch of cinnamon improves insulin’s efficiency, which helps regulate blood sugar levels.  This smoothie tastes sensational.

150 g (1 cup/ 5  1/4 oz) fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup (250 ml / 8  3/4 fl oz)  coconut water or almond milk (see notes)
1 teaspoon chia seeds or flaxseeds (see notes)
pinch ground cinnamon
1/2  teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
2 tablespoons protein powder

COMBINE all the ingredients into a good high speed blender like a Vitamix.
BLEND until smooth smooth + creamy. Add any boosters or more coconut water if necessary to achieve your desired thickness.
ENJOY.

NOTES:
To change it up a bit try using smashed walnuts or LSA in place of the chia.   They will add a wonderful flavour and texture to your smoothie.

SMOOTHIE BOOSTERS:

  • For a creamier smoothie and a potassium boost – add 1 frozen, chopped banana.
  • Use other milks such as pumpkin seed, keifir, coconut milk, organic soy in place of the coconut water.  For a quick almond milk blend your smoothie with water and add 1 tablespoon almond butter.
  • Add 1 tablespoon goji berries a handful of baby spinach or functional super foods for added antioxidants.
  • Add 1/2 – 1  chopped red apple  or 1 whole orange (peeled) for extra fibre to help nourish your digestive system.

PER SERVING:
Protein: 29 g
Total Fat: 2.5 g
Saturated: 0.2
Carbs: 17 g
Sodium: 28 mg
Fiber: 5.6 g
kiilojoules: 876
Calories: 209

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