Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wild berry smoothies

A favourite at our house these hot days...any variation on cold berry smoothies.  We love wild foraging berries and already this season have made many mulberry, saskatoon, strawberry, and wild raspberry smoothies - as well as trying currents, elderberries, cranberries, and of course our most loved, blueberries.  Fresh berries have huge health benefits, including vitamin C, lutein (for maintaining healthy eyesight), and flavonoids (which may help in preventing some kinds of cancer).  Plus they taste wonderfully sweet without sugar added, and are a simple refreshing treat.  Here's our homemade recipe, that can be adapted easily to incorporate what you have on hand.  Kids love to help make these smoothies, measuring and adding in all the ingredients one by one.

Wild berry smoothie
1 cup live culture yogurt or kefir
1/3 cup homemade applesauce (no sugar)
1/4-1/3 cup wild berries, or combination of berries (fresh or frozen)
1 large banana
1 tsp hemp oil or flax oil
1 tsp nutritional yeast
optional maple syrup (a dash)
optional pure almond butter (1 Tbsp)

Puree all ingredients together in a blender until well combined.  Add a few ice cubes if you are not using frozen berries to make this an extra cold drink.  Thin the smoothie as you like, using rice milk or pure fruit juice.

Yields: aprox. 2-4 servings

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