Wild Blueberry Tropical Smoothie

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.

Wild Blueberries [bctt tweet=”Wild Blueberry Tropical Smoothie…What’s not to love?! Check it out at My Menu Pal.”]

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

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!
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Course Beverages
Servings 2 people
Calories 356 kcal

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

Instructions
 

  • Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and serve.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 20gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 380mgPotassium: 970mgFiber: 10gSugar: 31g
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Enjoy!

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Ann Dunaway Teh & Lesley Baradel

Ann Dunaway Teh & Lesley Baradel

We (Lesley and Ann) first met years ago while training for Ironman Wisconsin. Our paths crossed again at Georgia State University while studying to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Over the years, our paths kept crossing and we soon discovered that we shared a love for menu planning. This blossomed into My Menu Pal where we help the food industry up their nutrition game to become their customer's nutrition hero.
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