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Banana Blueberry Hemp Smoothie

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This mornings Banana Blueberry Hemp Smoothie turned out more on black side of the color wheel!  Blueberries and spinach mingled together creates an interesting color for a morning smoothie.  To be honest, the colors don’t bother me the least bit.  I find it interesting that some people are thrown off guard with color of a green smoothie.  As long as it tastes good and is full of healthy goodness… I say “Bring on any color you can give me!”  Make sure when you drink your smoothies that you get in the habit of chewing them.  The chewing act mixes saliva in with your smoothie drink which helps start the digestion process.  May sound silly but you can’t fight the truth!  I have been doing this for years and I now find myself chewing tea. haha  This morning I enjoyed my smoothie outside, snuggled up outside in the sun and listening to the chatter of the birds.

Ingredients: yields 44 oz

  • 5 cups spinach
  • 4 3/4 oz banana, ripe & frozen (1 medium)
  • 2 cups blueberries, frozen
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 Tbsp pshyllium husk, organic
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp NuStevia powder
  • Ice

Preparation:

  1. In a high-speed blender blend the water and greens first.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients.  Adding ice is up to you! Remember the water and ice you add, the more you have to drink!
  3. Drink right away.  Be sure to chew it!

Nutrients:

  • Calories: 441
  • Fat: 10.1
  • Fiber: 15.7
  • Carbs: 76.4
  • Sodium: 120.4
  • Protein: 15.2

Today’s Powerhouse Ingredient (drum roll please)

Blueberries!

  • With flavors that range from mildly sweet to tart and tangy, blueberries are nutritional stars bursting with nutrition and flavor while being very low in calories. Blueberries are at their best from May through October when they are in season.
  • They are rich in anti oxidents, Vit. C / E / A, selenium, zinc and iron!
  • Blueberries can help relieve both diarrhea and constipation. In addition to soluble and insoluble fiber, blueberries also contain tannins, which act as astringents in the digestive system to reduce inflammation. Blueberries also promote urinary tract health. Blueberries contain the same compounds found in cranberries that help prevent or eliminate urinary tract infections.
  • And soooo much more!

How to Choose Blueberries

  • Choose blueberries that are firm and have a lively, uniform hue colored with a whitish bloom. Shake the container, noticing whether the berries have the tendency to move freely; if they do not, this may indicate that they are soft and damaged or moldy.
  • Avoid berries that appear dull in color or are soft and watery in texture. They should be free from moisture since the presence of water will cause the berries to decay.
  • When purchasing frozen berries, shake the bag gently to ensure that the berries move freely and are not clumped together, which may suggest that they have been thawed and refrozen.
  • Blueberries that are cultivated in the United States are available from May through October while imported berries may be found at other times of the year.
  • For the most antioxidants, choose fully ripened berries.



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