By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time, all opinions are my own.
Growing up in New England, berry picking was a thing. I loved picking strawberries in the spring and fresh blueberries and raspberries throughout the summer, coming home with red and blue stained fingered and clothes. My grandparents had a summer house up in New Hampshire in a small town on a lake. As kids, when we weren't jumping off the dock, floating the river, or hiking nearby mountains, we'd happily park ourselves in front of blueberry bush in the garden out front, stuffing our faces and likely ruining our appetites for dinner.
From a dietitian perspective, I still love berries. I love them for their natural sweetness and vitamin and antioxidant content. Btw, did you know it's National Heart Month? Antioxidants are great for your heart, inflammation, and disease prevention. Many people think fresh fruits and veggies are more nutritious- which is just not the case. Freezing fruit and veggies right at harvest actually preserves the nutrition content. Wild Blueberries are more flavorful than your standard blueberry variety and because they are frozen right at harvest, they're equally as nutritious as if you picked them yourself.
You're going to love my new smoothie recipe. A few posts back, I mentioned a few guidelines I follow in making a healthy, satisfying smoothie. As always this one includes a protein for fullness, a fruit for sweetness, and a veggie just because those are harder to get in. Read more about my smoothie guidelines here. siggi's products are loaded with protein, but if you're recovering from a workout or just want a bit more, try topping your bowl with a pinch of nuts for even more protein and heart healthy fats.
Ok, here it is...
1/2 cup Wild Blueberries
1/4 cup fresh cherries, pitted
1/2 cup Raspberry siggi's filmjolk, drinkable yogurt
1 cup fresh spinach
optional toppings- walnuts, granola, unsweetened coconut, banana slices, etc.
1. Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour into bowl, top with whatever toppings you like.
3. Eat with a spoon and enjoy!