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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Blueberry Power Smoothie

Trader Joe's has reasonably priced frozen fruit and I just love using frozen fruit during the winter/early spring months when fruit is not in season, and the impostor fruit at the grocery stores taste like cardboard.

My mother has been ill and is recovering from a serious surgery along with facing many months of chemotherapy treatment. When someone is faced with a disease like cancer, nutrition is a huge part of the recovery. With a jeopardized immune system, whey protein powder is a great way of adding proteins, which causes an increase in antioxidants.

With all of this information I created a power smoothie for my mom, that not only tastes great, but is easy to ingest under these conditions.

**You can omit the whey protein powder and flax seed oil to just enjoy an antioxidant jam-packed smoothie! This is a really great smoothie to drink first thing in the morning or after a hefty workout!

1 c ice
1/2 non fat yogurt
1 c frozen blueberries
1 scoop (about 2 tbsp) whey protein powder**
1/4 cup cranwater ( This is 4 oz cranberry to 20 oz water; make it and save it in a bottle)
1 tbsp flax seed oil **

Mix all ingredients together in a blender and blend for about 2 minutes.
Serve immediately.


roopa said...

Can you please come over and bring some of this with you? And bring extra for Matt, he is a blueberry monster :)

Lina said...

mmm, nothing beats a berry smoothie on a warm spring day.

Kevin said...

That blueberry smoothie looks cool and refreshing!

Meri said...

I love making smoothies! You should try the TJ's Greek Style nonfat yogurt, it makes the smoothie really thick and has more protein than regular yogurt. I usually omit the ice and just let the frozen fruit make it cold. I do all kinds of flavor combos, especially raspberry/mango-mmmmm.

Cynthia said...

I am really big into smoothies these days. I use them as my breakfast. This blue berry one that you have made looks tasty.

K8teebug said...

Looks amazing. I love the idea of adding whey protein!

Anne said...

Yum. I make a similar smoothie for breakfast almost every morning, except I use vanilla soy milk instead of water and juice. Not only is soy milk really nice tasting, it has excellent health benefits. A plus for your mom is that it has been shown to have cancer preventing benefits, in addition to being excellent for heart health, bone health, and hormonal regulation. Try it!

Anonymous said...

I love blueberry smoothies. Yum!
You inspire me to make one tomorrow. :-)

All the best to your mom. Sounds like you're taking great care of her.

RecipeGirl said...

I always forget to buy frozen berries for smoothies, but you're right... TJ's does have some good choices. I especially love their frozen mango.

Best to you mom....

Daziano said...

I LOVE blueberries!!!

I wish the best to your mother!!!!!!!

Dana McCauley said...

I've been working on a project lately that required trying many kinds of whey protein powder.There was such a difference in the tastes and levels of sweetness!

I found that the EAS powder was the most food friendly. Hope that info helps anyone going shopping for ingredients.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Hope your Mom is on the mend!