Wild Blueberry Tropical Smoothie

By  Ann Dunaway Teh & Lesley Baradel

Wild Blueberry Tropical Smoothie

By posting this recipe we are entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and are eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. We were not compensated for our  time.

Smoothies are a staple in Ann’s household. There are a few ingredients that you will always find in her  smoothies: milk, frozen bananas and berries. Milk adds extra protein and liquid. Once bananas begin to brown on the counter, we peel and put in the freezer. The bananas add natural sweetness as well as creaminess to smoothies. While berries provide great flavor as well as nutrition. Blueberries are always stocked in our freezers for this reason. And frozen fruit is the way to go with smoothies so ice isn’t needed.

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While you are probably familiar with the health benefits of blueberries, you may not be familiar with wild blueberries. Let us introduce you to these little gems. First, as the name implies, they are grown wild, naturally  where they have been growing for over 10,000 years in Maine and Canada in fields called barrens. Wild blueberries are different from their cultivated cousins in the following ways. They are:

  • smaller in size
  • more intense in flavor
  • contain twice the antioxidant capacity
  • frozen immediately after harvest, thereby locking in their nutrient content

So including wild blueberries in our smoothie was a no-brainer. While we typically use plain Greek yogurt as a base, we decided to switch it up this time to use cottage cheese, which is also a great source of protein and provides a nice, thick consistency for the smoothie [Side note: Lesley and Ann had a big discussion about sodium and cottage cheese. If you need to watch your sodium levels, use a low sodium cottage cheese or use plain Greek yogurt instead].

To give even more flavor to the smoothie, we added pineapple which is a nice complement to both the cottage cheese and wild blueberries. Of course we always throw in a handful or two of spinach for extra nutrition and we used hemp seeds for a boost of healthy fats, fiber and protein. Chia seeds or ground flaxseed would also be a good choice. And there you have the perfect smoothie to start your day, or serve a smaller portion size for a healthy snack later in the day. 

Wild Blueberry Tropical Smoothie

Wild Blueberry Tropical Smoothie
Wild Blueberry Tropical Smoothie
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This delicious smoothie is packed with protein and fiber, not to mention bursting with fruity goodness. It can be a great breakfast on the go or serve a smaller portion for a healthy snack when you need a little pick-me-up!
Servings
2 people
Servings
2 people
Wild Blueberry Tropical Smoothie
Wild Blueberry Tropical Smoothie
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This delicious smoothie is packed with protein and fiber, not to mention bursting with fruity goodness. It can be a great breakfast on the go or serve a smaller portion for a healthy snack when you need a little pick-me-up!
Servings
2 people
Servings
2 people
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
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Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and serve.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Wild Blueberry Tropical Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 356 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 380mg 16%
Potassium 970mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 31g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 229%
Vitamin C 170%
Calcium 34%
Iron 26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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