Lately, I have been trying to eat a more nutritious, healthier diet. For me, this is difficult, because I tend to only want sweets and anything I can drink. My solution was to load up on frozen fruits and kick smoothie creation into high-gear. I started off with this “Mission Nutrition” Loaded Dairy-Free Blueberry Smoothie recipe and it is oh so good.
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When we purchase fruit, it doesn’t tend to last very long, so when I find it on sale I usually try to buy a lot and freeze most of it for later. It works so well for smoothies and I love experimenting with flavor combinations.
My latest has been a huge hit with the entire family and it is packed with nutrition. I call it the “Mission Nutrition” Smoothie recipe.
I got these beautiful floral print cloth napkins (featured in several pictures) from Minted!
Have extra blueberries? Make these Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Mixed Berry Breakfast Smoothie Muffins!
“Mission Nutrition” Loaded Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup (heaping) frozen mango chunks
- 1/4 cup or so frozen peach slices
- 1 cup orange juice (I usually get the 100% with added Calcium and no pulp)
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1 teaspoon kale powder (I used Activz, but I haven’t been able to find it anymore…you can use your favorite kale powder or try it with spinach powder)
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- Drizzle of wildflower honey/local honey (local is best, but if you can’t get it, then look for raw/organic honey)
Combine all ingredients in a personal blender (you can also use a smoothie maker or blender, but I love using the personal one), starting with the frozen ingredients, then the liquid, then the powder and chia seeds and honey.
Blend until smooth, about a minute or two, shaking partway if needed to make sure everything is blended.
This will make more than once cup worth, so either keep it inside the personal blender to avoid extra dishes (score!) or pour it into a cup then refill when it gets low. I usually pour myself a cup then split the extra between my boys because they love to share it with me. I even got the kids involved in making it–work on measuring skills and use this as a kid-made recipe.
We have had issues with our ice cube makers in the past and I can’t keep up with ice cube trays, so I really love that there are no ice cubes needed for this blueberry smoothie recipe. That also means that your smoothie will not get watered down as it melts!
Want to pre-prep your smoothie? Pre-measure all of the frozen ingredients together in zipper food storage bags and freeze them. Then when you are ready to make your smoothie, you can just pour it all in without measuring! You can also prepare the liquids in a pitcher beforehand using a 1 cup orange juice to 1/4 cup pineapple juice ratio then just measure out 1 1/4 cups of juice from the pitcher when you make your smoothie.
If you are really in a pinch, you can try pre-preparing your smoothie completely by blending it all then pouring it into ice cube trays and re-freezing. When you are ready to drink it, you should be able to re-blend or possibly even just thaw out the ice cubes a bit until it is drinkable! Check out my smoothie prep idea.
Get a cute honey dipper stick like I have!