Here come the blueberries

'Tis the season in NE Georgia for locally grown, organic, perfectly ripe blueberries. Below you'll find a lovely little recipe for a blueberry smoothie from Veronica at healthsomeness.com that'll make you smile. 

"Buying fresh produce from the farmers market ensures that the fruits and vegetables you eat provide your body with a lot of nutrition. Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants help keep your system in tip top shape. An easy yet delicious way to use fruits and vegetables is to make smoothies. They are very simple to prepare, taking no time at all.

 

A basic smoothie requires one cup of vegetables, one cup of fruit, a liquid base and some optional nuts or seeds. This recipe uses the following ingredients:

1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

Using frozen berries in smoothies helps give them a milkshake like consistency. Blueberries are considered to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet because they are extremely rich in antioxidants, which fight off cancer, prevent heart disease and improve memory.

1/2 cup of frozen strawberries

When you think of vitamin C, you usually think of citrus fruits right? Well did you know that when compare weight for weight, strawberries have more vitamin C than oranges do? This vitamin is crucial for a myriad of important bodily functions, from wound healing to boosting your immune system.

1/2 cup of cucumber

Cucumber is made up of 96% water, which is great because staying hydrated is vital to your health; you can increase your daily intake by eating more water rich foods. Cucumbers also fight inflammation and help you to maintain a healthy weight.

1/2 cup of spinach

A half cup serving of this green vegetable provides you with almost 100% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K. Spinach may not sound appealing in a smoothie but the natural sweetness of the blueberries and strawberries will mask its taste.

1 small piece of beetroot

Beetroot is a fantastic source of folate, manganese, potassium and dietary fiber. Studies have shown that beetroot consumption helps lower blood pressure and also boosts exercise & athletic performance. Together with the blueberries, it gives this smoothie a lovely purple colour.

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Chia seeds are optional in this recipe, but they do help increase the fiber content and provide a little bit of protein. If you don’t have chia seeds, you can use flax, sunflower or pumpkin seeds instead.

1 cup coconut water

And finally, you need a liquid base so that your smoothie is drinkable. Coconut water contains potassium and magnesium, minerals that keep your heart healthy. If you can’t get your hands on coconut water, just use plain water instead.

To make this smoothie, add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.

For more healthy smoothie recipes, visit this page at healthsomeness.com."

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