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Blueberry Goodness…in a cup

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It’s the last of the season’s blueberries.

A rather decent way to start my all night, freak-out, typing session… don’t you think?

Actually, besides just giving me a great boost of energy to use my favorite blueberry farm bluebs (as we call them), I know that the extra punch of their vitamin C will help me stave off any beginning of the year colds or bugaboos that the kids will share with me. It’s typical for me to catch some kind of cold in the first six weeks or so of the school year kicking off and I’m hoping that my intentional intake of zinc and Vitamin C will help avoid this. I need to save those sick days for that incoming baby, ya know!

Blueberries are great for BRAIN POWER TOO! (Wahoo! Trust me when I tell you that I could use the boost tonight.) They are also a great source of fiber, maganese and other vitamins/nutrients. Click here if you want to know more (Did you know there was a “Blueberry Council”?).

I grew up picking blueberries with my family in Northern Minnesota. I remember the summers when I popped more blueberries into my mouth rather than into the bucket too. Those were definitely the no-blueberry-pie summers.

I also remember slogging through the blueberry marshes wondering about the bears that eat the blueberries too. Not that meeting up with a bear would be a probability, I had seen enough bears in the wild that I had no desire to run in to them during the berry-munching lunch or afternoon snack time. So I stuck to picking the berries that were within a quick sprint to the road or the canoe. (Not that either of those options would have saved me… but heck… at age 8 or 12? Those were savvy choices. LOL)

Tonight my last summer hurrah is this delightful blueberry, banana and yogurt smoothie. I didn’t feel like digging out the blender, so I just used the immersion blender. If your blender is accessible, I think you will probably have less blueberry skin floaties in your smoothie. (Although on a side note – let it be known that blueberry skin floaties make for humorous conversations when they stick to your teeth and you smile crocodile-wide smiles at your love and ask for a kiss. LOL)

I think I’ll make another of these for my breakfast…. and I will be sure to rinse and get the blueberry skins out. That would CERTAINLY make a first impression on a student now, wouldn’t it!?? Oh my! That cracks me up just thinking about it! LOL

Blueberry-Banana and Yogurt Smoothie
Makes one smoothie
Ingredients:
1 banana
2/3 cup blueberries
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 teaspoons agave or honey (optional, depends on how sweet your blueberries are)

Directions:

  1. Dump all the ingredients into your blender and go!
  2. Add a few ice cubes if you like it thinner or cooler and blend again.

Enjoy!
-Kate

PS. What are your favorite smoothie combinations? I think I may need to get it to the fruit smoothie thing more often!