Category Archives: Drinks

Cran-Blueberry Smoothie

Smoothies are, hands down, the best way to get in some extra fruits and (sometimes) veggies in the morning. We’ve totally been over this before, and I don’t want to get preachy about it. But I DO want to share with you this awesome smoothie recipe that not only has tons of antioxidants, but is really great for your kidney health and, ahem, UTIs. Yeah, cranberry juice is kind of gross on it’s own, especially when you buy the pure juice, which is important when you’re in it for the health benefits. However, this smoothie combines tart cranberry juice with the antioxidant power of blueberries and just a bit of agave nectar, and it comes out tasting sweet and fulfilling, without being overpowering.

Cran-Blueberry Smoothie

I always think it’s important for a breakfast to go down easy. Most people have trouble even getting in solid foods – this is a way to break out of your just-black-coffee-nothing-more-for-breakfast attitude and to move into incorporating more fruits and veggies in your day. This recipe really fills me up, too, which is really nice because I typically start thinking about lunch at 10 a.m. Yikes!

Cran-Blueberry Smoothie

So how do we make the Cran-Blueberry Smoothie?

Cran-Blueberry Smoothie
Peanut, tree nut, dairy, egg soy, sesame, fish and shellfish free (gluten free if omitting wheat germ)

Ingredients:
1/2 frozen ripe banana
1/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup pure cranberry juice
2-3 ice cubes
1 tbsp. wheat germ (omit if gluten free/wheat allergic)
1 tsp. agave nectar (or honey)

1. Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. If your batch is a little tart, feel free to add agave to taste!

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Dairy Free Strawberry Blueberry Banana Smoothie

So this week, I just started an internship at the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. So exciting, right? I’m totally not ready to get up early and get to work…half of me still really wants to luxuriate in summer mornings. Nonetheless, the moment I get to work, I’m happy to be there…it’s just getting there that’s the struggle. The other morning I made a smoothie to perk myself up before work, and hey! It totally got my booty moving. I think there’ s something to spending time on your breakfast that makes you want to eat and enjoy it way more than plain jane cereal.

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This smoothie is full of fruit, which makes getting your seven servings a day way easier. That’s right, I said seven, not five. Apparently scientists have found that seven fruits and vegetables daily is even better than five – like superhero-style better. Like I’ve always said – the more the merrier when it comes to produce!

Instead of using yogurt or milkĀ for protein and fat, I used wheat germ, the vitamin and mineral rich part of the wheat grain. I’m a major fan of adding wheat germ to basically anything I make that isn’t gluten free. It add protein as well as nutrients without really altering the taste. Bob’s Red Mill is my favorite brand to use because it isn’t difficult to find in local grocery stores.

So let’s make this yummy smoothie!

Dairy Free Strawberry Blueberry Banana Smoothie
Peanut, tree nut, sesame, dairy, fish, shellfish, soy and egg free

3/4 cup mixed blueberries and sliced strawberries
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tablespoons wheat germ
3-4 ice cubes

1. Blend ingredients together until smooth.
2. Enjoy quickly or refrigerate overnight for a tasty breakfast treat!

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