Monday, June 29, 2009

Banana and Wild Blueberry Smoothie

Smoothies are a very common breakfast at our house during the summer. I tend to make our smoothies a little differently each day. Today we had a banana and wild blueberry smoothie. The bananas were included for kidney health and potassium. Wild blueberries are very high in antioxidants so I tend to keep a bag in my freezer at all times. Freshly ground flaxseeds are a good source of omega 3’s and reported ability to fight cancer. Brewers yeast is a good source of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. The oatmeal was included to add a little body and extra fiber to the smoothie. Cinnamon was included for its ability to assist the body in processing sugar, which is naturally present in the fruit I included.

Overall we liked this smoothie and thought it tasted mostly like bananas with cinnamon and blueberry notes in the background.

Banana and Wild Blueberry Smoothie
Serves 2


2 bananas, peeled
2 cups of frozen wild blueberries, unsweetened
2 cups of filtered water
2 tablespoons of flaxseeds, freshly ground
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of brewers yeast
1/3 cup of old fashioned oatmeal


Place everything in the blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately in a chilled glass.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 314.94
Calories From Fat (14%) - 42.69

Total Fat - 4.84g
Saturated Fat - 0.6g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 12.72mg
Potassium - 481.01mg
Total Carbohydrates - 64.61g
Fiber - 7.84g
Sugar - 14.52g
Protein - 6.39g


My husband thinks this should be called banana blue because it tastes like a banana smooth, but it is blue. I agree that the banana flavor is the most prominent. However, I thought the cinnamon and blueberry flavors were also identifiable. The brewers yeast was not strong enough to taste. Next time I will increase the brewers yeast by 50% to see if the flavor stays hidden in the background. The oatmeal added body and fiber to the dish but was not detectable. The flaxseeds also disappeared into the smoothie. This is good smoothie to fuel your morning when you need breakfast in a hurry.

Nutritional Info updated 07.05.09

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