What better way to start the week than with something sweet, healthy, and reminiscent of ice cream. Oxymoron? I think not.
I first discovered the glory that is frozen blueberries when my little brother returned on a health kick from a summer of organic farming in France. (Tough life, I know.) Since France wasn’t exactly cheap, his return to the states was on a strict student budget, but health was still of the utmost priority to the young chap. Since produce is where he (and I) tend to rack up most of the bill at the supermarket (probably because it’s one of the only things I’m NOT allergic to), he found that when he bought FROZEN BERRIES they would not only last longer but you are getting about 4 times as many for your dollars spent. They are also said to have enhanced nutritional properties that are guarded through their immediate freezing.
This was my inspiration for my lactose-free, nut-free, gluten-free morning treat!
1. Frozen blueberries: (a) vitamin C, (b) potassium, (c) fiber [17% daily value in 1 cup!], (d) anti-oxidants [the things that fight cancer]
2. Flaxseed meal: (a) OMEGA-3 “the good” fat [lowers cholesterol, helps mental acuity], (b) fiber [20% daily value in this smoothie!], (c) iron
3. Lactaid (lactose-free milk)*: CALCIUM, protein, vitamin-D
4. REAL vanilla: happiness**
5. Ginger (optional): improves digestion, circulation, and wakes you up!
*Can use rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk, hemp milk, or soy milk, if you so fancy! All are lactose-free and excellent for those with dairy sensitivities.
**It is important to use real vanilla, not the imitation stuff, as imitation vanilla or “vanillin” is frequently derived from wheat. aka- not gluten-free.
Now, onto the recipe:
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
2 tbs. flaxseed meal
1 tbs. chopped fresh ginger (optional)
1 cup Lactaid (or milk of your choice)
1/2 tsp REAL vanilla
Prep time: 3 minutes
1. In a food processor or blender, “chop” frozen blueberries and flax meal. (If using ginger, add it here!) Combine until chopped into small pieces and blended evenly.
2. Add milk and vanilla. “Grind” until completely combined and it looks like a smoothie. (What a surprise!)
3. Pour into a glass and enjoy. (Now wasn’t that easy?)
After creating something like that with NO unnatural sugar, no lactose, no fillers, no gluten, no corn syrup, and something that tastes so delicious and is good for both your body and your brain, Jamba Juice starts to seem a little silly, no?
Enjoy your Monday!!!