By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
I’ve pretty much re-made a slightly different version of this smoothie 2700 times this weekend. My counters and fingers might be stained blue, but I think I have finally achieved smoothie perfection. This smoothie is perfectly balanced between sweet and tart, thick and creamy, without being gritty or chunky. It is bursting with flavor from the blueberries and lemon, and ends on a refreshing minty note. The sparkle comes from grapefruit flavored sparkling water! It makes for a perfect summer drink, or rather, February in Southern California drink! I totally sipped my blueberry smoothie as I lounged poolside this weekend. If you are in the middle of a snow storm, my deepest apologies.
Let’s talk about blueberries. I’m frequently asked what the healthiest fruit is. While it’s not really my favorite question to answer (because I believe in fruit equality and diversity), I would have to say blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits. Specifically, wild blueberries, which have twice the antioxidant capacity of regular blueberries. They are also high in fiber, relatively low in sugar and packed with vitamin C. Whether you are fighting a cold, lounging by the pool, or looking for a great pre-work out energy drink, this smoothie is your answer.
P.S. Don’t be scared of frozen fruit. In most cases, frozen fruit is just as healthy as fresh, and it makes for a much more delicious and rich smoothie, IMO. Ninety-nine percent of wild blueberries are frozen within 24 hours of harvest when they are at their peak flavor and antioxidant capacity. If you think about it, they are probably more nutritious then the fresh berries getting shipped from Chile (because fruit nutrition and quality does degrade over time).
- 2 cups frozen wild blueberries
- 8 ounces (1 cup) grapefruit flavored sparkling water (such as La Croix or Perrier)
- 1 cup lemon or plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 orange (preferably frozen), plus ½ tsp zest
- ½ lemon, juiced, plus ½ tsp zest
- 3-4 fresh mint leaves
- ½ tsp maple syrup (optional)
- For a thicker smoothie use a frozen orange.
- Peel orange, place in a ziplock bag and freeze for at least three hours.
- Place all ingredients in blender except maple syrup.
- Blend for 30-60 seconds.
- Taste, add maple syrup as needed.