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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.
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:
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.