When your family is on the run, how many times do you get turned down on your breakfast offer? Everyone's in a hurry to get to school and work. An astonishing number of Americans skip breakfast altogether. A cup of coffee and they're off. Here's a great way to make sure everyone gets breakfast, one they can carry-out and which is packed with nutrition. A blueberry smoothie is delicious and pretty. If Mom or Dad is troubled with arthritis or just needs to up the fiber content of their menus, this recipe will do the trick.
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries and oranges contain significant amounts of fiber, as well as loads of vitamins A and C, known antioxidants which help ward off cancer. These fruits, especially blueberries and cherries contain anti-inflammatory components, which can help relieve swelling with arthritis. So this blueberry smoothie is a healthy breakfast for all ages.
It so happens that these colors combine well for a lovely reddish violet to lavender smoothie. Use more blueberries to increase the the lavender effect, or more strawberries for a more pinkish tint. You can alter the mix as you wish, but use the same total amount of fruit for the right consistency. For a thicker consistency, add more fruit.
Use fresh fruits in season as possible, but frozen fruit works too.
½ cup each of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and dark red cherries
1 large orange, peeled
1 teaspoon of grenadine (adds delightful flavor)
1 quart of vanilla, strawberry or peach ice cream
1 quart of plain yogurt, if you prefer
Mix it all up in the blender and you're done. If you have lidded plastic cups and straws, you can pour each serving and hand them out as they're walking out the door.
Variations on this recipe include substituting 2 cups of orange, peach or strawberry-banana juice for the ice cream or yogurt. You may also substitute one of the Torani(TM) flavoring syrups, in your favorite flavor, for the grenadine. If you're using as an arthritis remedy, the recipe above is your best bet.
Don't try to make this a do-ahead, as smoothies tend to get runny if they sit around for a while. This blueberry smoothie recipe is so quick and easy to make, this is a breakfast for four that you can put together in 15 minutes! It's beautiful, delicious and nutritious. What more can you ask from a healthy, filling breakfast?