We just love this recipe for a Fresh Blueberry Smoothie, not only because it’s packed full of nutrients but it can be enjoyed as a smoothie or frozen as a sorbet.
Versatility is one of the best things about a good recipe and this one has it in spades! Not only are you able to swap out some of the ingredients for your favorites (and hide some vegetables) but it also doubles as a healthy, no-sugar-added dessert.
It’s easy to see why this recipe is healthy, containing a wonderful array of fresh fruits with no dairy or sweetener added. But, do you also know all the health benefits of blueberries? They are considered a “superfood” and for good reason. Just a few of their amazing benefits are that they delay aging, improve brain function, promote healthy digestion, help treat urinary tract infections, contribute to eye health, boost the immune system and treat heart disease and some cancers, according to Organic Facts.
Their anti-cancer benefits come from a component in blueberries which gives them their vivid color, Anthocyanins. They are known for their ability to fight free radicals and reduce inflammation in the body. These properties can be very powerful in fighting cancer.
“An anthocyanin extract from blueberries was used in other studies investigating breast cancer-fighting potential, resulting in significant reduction in cancer cell invasion ability and cell proliferation.” Dr. Mercola
This same antioxidant activity is helpful in preventing a whole host of illnesses. We know this makes sense, as inflammation is at the root of so much that ails us!
½ Cup blueberries (fresh if possible)
½ Cup pineapple
1 Small handful of kale
¾ Cup Water or coconut milk
2 Tsp fresh lemon juice
Place all ingredients into a smoothie maker or food processor and blitz until smooth.
Garnish with a few blueberries to enjoy right away as a smoothie or place into an airtight container and freeze immediately, if making sorbet.
Freeze for at least 3 hours and let stand outside the freezer for 5 minutes before dishing.