I’ve got to confess, I married a Smoothie Man.  Scott, my hubby, loves smoothies perhaps more than I do!  He’ll get out our Vitamix and start throwing fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds in with reckless abandon (he wishes he could toss bacon in, but the line has to be drawn somewhere :).  I love #smoothies because they are a quick and simple way to get colorful, nutrient-rich goodies into your day.  Today, I am tossing wild blueberries into the mix as part of the #WildYourSmoothie Recipe Contest  sponsored by Wild Blueberries.  So let’s get wild!
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The beauty of wild blueberries is that have 2 x the antioxidants of regularly cultivated blueberries, they have a mere 80 calories per cup with about 6 grams of fiber (that’s excellent!), plus the frozen ones are handy as they last longer and they go from harvest straight to freezer – which means all of the vital nutrients remain intact.  

Today, I am going to add exotic flavors: dried figs, mango and ginger to my wild blueberry #smoothie for flavor that pops in your mouth and takes you to the Caribbean with crystal blue water and luxurious sandy beaches.  This smoothie is a day at the beach in a glass!   {Can you tell that I just returned from the island of St. John? This photo takes me back and hopefully puts you in an exotic smoothie mood!}

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Some other smoothie combinations that would well with wild blueberries are:

  • Mexican cinnamon + dark chocolate 
  • Peanut butter + banana
  • Toasted coconut + plain Greek yogurt + curry powder
  • Baby kale + almonds 
  • Whey protein powder + almond milk + honey

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Let’s get blending.  Get creative.  Toss whatever flavors sound good to you.  Enjoy every slurp, sip and gulp.  It’s a party in a glass.
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Makes 1 smoothie
Ingredients 
1 cup wild blueberries, frozen
1/2 cup mango, peeled and sliced
3 dried figs
1 heaping Tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon ginger, gently peeled and shaved (with a microplane)
Directions
Toss all ingredients in a blender or Vitamix.  Pulse until combined and thickened.  Pour into a glass. Sip and enjoy!
Nutrition Information (per serving): Calories: 268, Total Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 7 mg, Sodium: 81 mg, Carbohydrates: 60 g, Dietary Fiber: 8 g, Sugars: 47 g, Protein: 8 g
What do you like to get wild with in your smoothies?  Do tell, I’d love to know!
Enjoy eating simply,
-Vicki