Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Blueberry, Collard and Cocoa Smoothie… What?

This morning we awoke to a typical grey rainy spring day in the Mid-Atlantic. We get a lot of rain this time of year. But that is what makes everything incredibly green and lush so I shouldn’t complain. Since we ate dinner very late yesterday we were also up late and slept in this morning. Needless to say we were not at the gym at 6am. ;-)

Breakfast for Dan was his usual oatmeal with frozen wild blueberries, wheat germ, freshly ground flaxseeds, cinnamon, ginger, stevia and walnuts.

With the thunderstorms today I didn’t go for my normal walk *boo* and I really missed it. Somehow cardio and home just isn’t the same. My plan is to keep any eye on the weather so that I can go for a short walk during a break in the storm. With a little luck that will happen since I get recharged from being outside.

I finished reading “Clean” yesterday and now I feel like I need to drink more smoothies and fresh juices. Does the power of suggestion work on you too? I will write a review of the book later this week. Here is what I made myself for breakfast on Tuesday:

Blueberry, Collard and Cocoa Smoothie
Serves 2 (or you can do I want did and have half now and half later)


1 cup wild blueberries, frozen
1 ½ cups homemade sprouted soy milk
1 cup raw baby collards, tightly packed
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon powdered ginger
1 pinch stevia
1 tablespoon freshly ground flaxseed
2 tablespoons wheat germ
ice and water


Combine everything in your high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix) and process until smooth. I like to serve my smoothies in ice cold glasses which I keep in the freezer.

Nutrition information (assumes 2 servings):

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 216.31
Calories From Fat (26%) - 56.32

Total Fat - 6.39g
Saturated Fat - 0.92g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 103.6mg
Potassium - 354.34mg
Total Carbohydrates - 31.77g
Fiber - 5.26g
Sugar - 7.41g
Protein - 10.41g


I decided to add cocoa to the blueberry smoothie after discovering that I liked the combination a couple of weeks ago when I made the chocolate and blueberry hearts to take to Walid and Jackie’s house. This smoothie was tasty and healthy. My only complaint is that made a huge amount...poor me.  ;-)  I bet you know what I will be having later for a snack…more smoothie that I stashed in the freezer.

I had the second half of this smoothie about 3 hours later. It spent about 1 ½ in the freezer and another 1 ½ in the refrigerator and was still cold and slushy when I was ready to enjoy it.

I also had a small container of the white bean cheese, salsa, cucumbers and red bell peppers.

In addition I had an orange and Brazil nuts.  I am recycling pictures because I love Masi in the background of this one and I am being lazy.  ;-)

With the grey rainy weather I have been very lazy today. I spent too much time chatting and not enough time being productive. I had a webinar in the afternoon that forced me to do something other than chat most of the day. ;-) We had thunderstorms off and on all day. Tuesday was definitely a day that was best spent inside.

(This was my dinner) 

(Here is Dan's which gives you a better idea of the dish)

Since I was being unproductive our dinner was a very simple dish. I made some bulgur with sun dried tomatoes. In my usual style I made extra bulgur to include in our lunches tomorrow. I topped the dish with a simple Sicilian style broccoli. The broccoli is similar to a spinach dish I make, and also similar to Ian’s Tuscan carrots. I “sautéed” red onion in a little water and red wine vinegar and added broccoli, hot crushed peppers (wet hots), garlic, raisins and fennel seeds. After the onions and broccoli were cooked I added some fresh cucumber slices for crunch. I finished the dish with a few sliced almonds. Who says fast food needs to be unhealthy? I had this ready in less than 20 minutes it had a lot of flavor and was good for us.

Happy thoughts:

• I am happy to have the ability to workout at home when the weather is uncooperative. While I don’t like indoor cardio it is better than no cardio and I didn’t need to drive to the gym which was a very good thing.

• It was great to spend Tuesday relaxing I really needed that after the month I have had. As much as I like to get things done sometimes crashing is the best thing you can do for yourself. Wednesday morning I got up and had tons of energy so relaxing must have been exactly what I needed.

• While I was in sloth mode on Tuesday I took a little time to read which always makes me happy. I am grateful that our library system has a wonderful selection of books on health and nutrition since I never get tired of reading anything on that topic.

• Our weather on Wednesday is supposed to be glorious! *happy dance* We are expecting temperatures in the mid 80’s today. *woo hoo* I plan to enjoy myself outside as much as I can today. Today will be a great day to get a little vitamin D, but not too much since I don’t want to burn.

Signing out:

I am looking forward to a productive and beautiful day today. I hope the weather is as nice where you live. Talk to you again tomorrow.  Now I am off to catch up on my health and nutrition reading for today and to post links to articles on Facebook.  Have a great Wednesday!  :-)


  1. Ali,
    I feel the same way and have been juicing this week much more than usual. I love this smoothie you've created and am going to make it this week!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I need to drink more smoothies now that the weather is warm. I like the idea of masking the "green" with cocoa. :-)

  3. I love the oranges picture with the cat! :) I am currently obsessed with a smoothie that includes cherries and cocoa so I'm also diggin' the sound of yours. I had also been thinking about driving over to my parents' tonight and using their juicer - juice for supper. So I think we're thinking pretty simpatico today!

  4. Loving the smoothie. My everyday obsession has become frozen raspberries, spinach and cacao powder!

  5. Aimee,

    It seems that everyone is starting to crave juice with the weather turning warmer. I guess that means there is something to the macrobiotic idea of eating with seasons.

    talk to you later,

  6. Bianca,

    I had trouble drinking smoothies when it was cold but they go down easy now that the weather is chaning. I added the cocoa because I thought it would work well with the blueberries. But it does also mask the "green" taste a little too LOL.


  7. Jenny,

    Thanks. My cats like to be involved in everything I do. They seem to think I need continual feline supervision. Where were they when I broke my toe? LOL

    Cherries and chocolate are a great combination. I have cherries in the freezer from last year I think. Since you reminded me I will look for then today.

    How fortunate that your parents have a juicer and live close enough that you can stop in and juice. I love juice any time of the day. :-)


  8. sjschieb,

    That sounds like a nice smoothie combination. You can't go wrong with berries and cocoa can you? Thank you so much for sharing your favorite smoothie.



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