Today’s recipe, my Wild Blueberry and Mango Protein Smoothie, is a great way to start off a new year of healthy eating.
It’s also the perfect opportunity to introduce you to “wild blueberries” and show you not only one of the ways you can use them, but how they differ from regular cultivated blueberries.
I always, always, always have at least 3 bags of frozen organic wild blueberries in my freezer at all times.
Why? They make the perfect addition to smoothies, smoothie bowls and other desserts.
And they just taste better than regular blueberries.
But there’s a good reason why too.
Wild blueberries have 2x the antioxidants than regular blueberries and more antioxidants than cranberries, pomegranates and even blackberries.
They are frozen fresh within 24 hours of harvest, so flavor and nutrition are at their peak.
You won’t get the same from regular blueberries that have traveled many miles to sit in the produce section at your grocery store before you buy them.
Now, let’s look at a highly nutrient-dense smoothie recipe I created that are made with these tiny blueberries to start your day off right!
I added my usual smoothie favorites that are nutrient-dense and provide everything you need to keep you satisfied and full and energized all morning long.
We’ve got high antioxidant wild blueberries, high vitamin c mango, healthy fats from coconut oil, the superfood morninga (read the 5 fast facts below!), a raw, organic plant-based protein powder with 7 organic superfoods, homemade almond milk made with 100% raw, organic unpasteurized almonds and sprouted ground flax seeds with plenty of healthy omega’s.
I see a lot of judgement and prejudice online in regards to protein powders, so let me share a little bit about the one I use so you can learn about why it’s a clean protein you can add to your smoothies.
Most protein powders on the market are bad, and should be avoided. They are highly processed, contain GMO ingredients and lots of unnecessary ingredients.
The brand I use (Epic Plant-Based Protein) is a ultra-clean, plant-based protein that is organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO and has whole, real superfood ingredients like these: lucuma fruit, sacha inchi, cranberry seed, ceylon cinnamon, ginger root, vanilla bean, heirloom red banana, Jerusalem artichoke, baobab fruit, Himalayan pink salt and it has a complete amino acid profile making it a perfect vegan protein source.
So don’t hesitate adding a high-quality organic plant-based protein powder to your smoothies to increase the nutritional profile, just make sure you avoid the highly processed mainstream versions.
This Wild Blueberry and Mango Protein Smoothie is a completely 100% raw smoothie using real, whole food ingredients with a superior nutrient profile.
Want more healthy smoothie recipes? Check out Banana Mango Superfood Smoothie, Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie, Cacao and Pear Protein Smoothie or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating smoothie recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Wild Blueberries:*
- 2x anti-oxidants than regular cultivated blueberries
- higher anti-oxidants than cranberries, pomegranates or blackberries
- low glycemic food
- quick frozen to lock in nutrition and flavor
- 3/4 cup provides 4% dv of iron
5 Fast Facts About Mango:*
- super high in vitamin A at 25% RDA
- good source of copper at 12% RDA
- excellent anti-oxidant
- contains 46% RDA of vitamin C
- contains 10% RDA of vitamin B6
5 Fast Facts About Epic Plant-Based Protein:*
- organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO
- contains 19 grams of ultra-clean plant-based protein per serving
- one serving contains 10% iron
- contains 7 organic superfoods
- multi-source protein with a complete amino acid profile
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Moringa Powder:*
- 17 x the calcium of milk
- 25 x the iron of spinach
- 10 x the vitamin A of carrots
- 9 x the protein of yogurt
- 15 x the potassium of bananas
5 Fast Facts About Sprouted Ground Flax Seeds:*
- 1 tablespoon provides 2,850 mg omega-3 and 900 mg omega-6
- 1 tablespoon = 3 grams of fiber
- 1 tablespoon = 13% dv of magnesium
- decreases enzyme inhibitors
- better bio-availability than regular ground flax seeds or flax oil
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Milk):*
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: This recipe can be made with homemade almond milk using a Vitamix. For more recipes you can make with a Vitamix, visit my Vitamix Recipe Index page for more inspiration. I like to make my own homemade almond milk because I have control over the quality of almonds used (organic, raw, unpasteurized) and there are no added ingredients like the ones found in boxed almond milks, even the organic ones.
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