I enjoy smoothies year round. But during the hot days of summer, I have two to three smoothies each day. They are light, healthy, packed with nutrients, great for maintaining weight or losing weight, yummy and cool me off quickly. Another plus is that a smoothie can serve as an entire meal replacement. Adding protein powder, flax, yogurt or other ingredients as fillers can provide all the protein, carbs and fiber you need for that meal.
Blueberries contain numerous nutrients and vitamins that are beneficial to our health. They provide a rich source of antioxidants and phytochemicals which help to strengthen the body’s cells, preventing and fighting against harmful free radicals. Blueberries are also a rich source of vitamins C & E, fiber and manganese. The health benefits of blueberries cover the mind and body.
One of my favorites is this Blueberry Mango Smoothie. This recipe is basic, however, it is versatile and you can do so many things with it. Add ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, bananas or other fruit for variation. Use your imagination.
Blueberry Mango Smoothie
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup mango chunks
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (or your favorite)
1/4 cup vanilla soy milk, almond milk, or skim milk or water (the liquid helps it blend) … I prefer water
Stevia to taste
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend at high speed until smooth.
2. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
Note: If you don’t have frozen berries, you can use fresh, just throw in a couple of ice cubes. Also, you can place the smoothie in the freezer for later. Just thaw before drinking. Serves 2