Blueberry Sunshine Smoothie
This Blueberry Sunshine Smoothie is packed full of skin-glowing antioxidants + 250% of your daily value of vitamin C. It’s the perfect way to brighten your morning!
Are you guys having smoothie weather yet?
I’m not trying to brag but it has been sunny, warm and B-E-A-yoootiful in Northern California. Part of me wants it to keep raining to help with the never-ending drought, but the other part of me is really enjoying being able to feel the sunshine on my bare skin without freezing my buns off.
Either way, it’s out of my control, but I’d be lying if I said I’m not soaking up every minute with my windows open, sipping blueberry smoothies.
Aren’t those blueberries gorgeous? I’m usually really good about only purchasing local and seasonal produce (outside of avocados and bananas because I can’t survive without them) but fresh blueberries were on sale at the market this weekend and I couldn’t let them go to waste.
Okay, that’s not entirely true. I really just wanted them for these pictures. Frozen blueberries are DELISH in this smoothie, but unfortunately they aren’t as photogenic and they don’t float as well. #foodbloggerproblems
Even though they are so purdy, this recipe doesn’t call for fresh blueberries. Because it’s February and that would be ridiculous.
It does, however, call for frozen organic wild blueberries smoothies which, according to the Wild Blueberry Association, are frozen at harvest so that they maintain their nutrition and taste resulting in a more intense blueberry flavor. Wild blueberries have also been shown to have twice the antioxidant capacity of larger varieties, providing double the anti-inflammatory benefits to protect us against diseases like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
In addition to little powerhouse blueberries, we’re blending in some winter produce (green apple and orange juice) for a strong boost of vitamin C. I added banana and a touch of almond milk to give it a creamier texture but if you want it even thicker, you can try Amanda’s favorite tip and add some rolled oats as well.
All together, it’s a light and refreshing smoothie that will instantly make you feel like you’re basking in sunshine. Even when you’re not. ;)
1 cup frozen wild blueberries
1 green apple, cored and diced
1 ripe frozen banana
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
- Place all of the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. If you desire a thicker texture, try adding a few tablespoons of rolled oats.
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.