Cheers to June bringing us the beginning of great summer produce! I am so excited that I signed up for a fruit share, but more on that later this summer when it actually starts. The blueberries in the grocery store lately are killing me they’re so juicy! Blueberries are a food that I was never sure if I loved- mostly because I didn’t always get the sweet, juicy ones. The little wrinkly ones that make my mouth pucker have just soured the experience for the rest of them, I guess.
These recent blueberries I bought from Sprouts were so good (and $1 a box) so I ended up with 12 boxes over the course of the past week. I’m not complaining, but please let me know if I start turning blue as I pop em all day.
Find the juiciest blueberries you can for this smoothie recipe- you don’t need any sweetener because they aren’t tart & because the frozen pineapple adds a nice sweet tropical flavor. I always use a banana in my smoothies to make it thick and substantial, and I recommend always having a peeled, frozen banana in the freezer for a perfect smoothie (or: healthy chocolate bon bons!). You can use all frozen fruit for this recipe or some fresh- whatever you have on hand! Expect more smoothie recipes to come this summer as I continue with my fruity obsession over blueberries, peaches, strawberries, and my beloved frozen banana.
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup blueberries
- ¼ cup frozen pineapple
- ¼ cup soy milk
- ¼ cup water
- Optional: 1/16 tsp zanthan gum
- In a blender, combine all ingredients.
- Zanthan gum serves as a thickener and is optional, and you could also add some ground flax seed or ground chia seed for the same effect.
Dear trusted readers: I also need your thoughts and recommendations for my smoothie obsessions lately. While I have loved 2 separate magic bullet blenders since college, I think it is high time to upgrade in the coming months as I drink more smoothies. What’s your blender? Do you love it or wish for another brand? My search starts now- as much as I love raspberry seeds and blueberry skin in my smoothies, I prefer being able to use a straw!
Drink as quickly as possible for a brain-freeze. I loved the purple color so much that I didn’t add any spinach to this one- because it would make it an ugly brown color- but you can always throw in a cup of fresh spinach for an undetectable nutrition bonus!