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Wake Up to Blueberries in Coffee Smoothies Recipe

Blueberries in smoothies recipe

Have you ever had one of those mornings where you crave something tasty but don't want to compromise on nutrition? I've got a solution for you.


Start with a water and oat milk base for a smooth, creamy texture. Add some oats – I went with instant – for a quick energy lift. Add banana for natural sweetness and a good dose of potassium.


Blueberries in smoothies add a low-sugar sweetness.

The cucumber and celery give it a refreshing twist, while blueberries and kale contain antioxidants and vitamins. Blueberries in smoothies add a low-sugar sweetness. For heart-healthy goodness, add some flax seeds. And for those who need a little morning pick-me-up, there's a shot of coffee in there, too. Blend it all up, and you've got a delicious and nutrient-rich smoothie. Perfect for starting the day on the right foot!


Frozen Blueberries vs. Fresh Blueberries


Frozen blueberries and fresh blueberries each have their own advantages in smoothies. Frozen blueberries are perfect for making a cold smoothie. The help to create a frosty drink, perfect for hot summer days. They help thicken your smoothie and keep it chilled without the need for ice cubes.


Fresh blueberries add a burst of juice with natural swetness. They are a great choice when they're in season. Both options are full of nutrients. Blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins. Frozen or fresh, blueberries are a fantastic healthy option for any smoothie recipe.


Adding Yoghurt


Plant-based Greek yogurt is a key ingredient in many smoothies. It provides a creamy texture and gives you a boost of protein. You can use plain yogurt for a tangy base or vanilla Greek yogurt if you prefer a hint of sweetness.


For those who want a creamy, protein-rich without the tartness, vanilla Greek yogurt is the best choice. It blends well with other ingredients like frozen berries or a ripe banana. A creamy smoothie has a thicker texture and can be more satisfying. Regular plant-based yoghurt of Greek yogurt is full of calcium and probiotics. It's a healthy ingredient for your daily smoothie.


Adding Nut Butters


If you want extra calories adding a tablespoon of almond butter or cashew butter will do this. It will also add depth of flavour to your smoothie nutritional value. Nut butters like almond butter provide healthy fats and a bit of extra protein. This can help keep you full longer.


They blend well into smoothies and give them a rich flavour and creamy texture. If you want a nutty flavour with lower fat and calories, try adding nut powder. Many of these nut powders are flavourful and have a decent amount of protein.


If you’re making a blueberry smoothie or a green blueberry smoothie, a spoonful of nut butter or nut powder can add extra flavour. Nut butter and powder are perfect for creating a delicious, satisfying smoothie. A thicker smoothie serves as a healthy breakfast or a nutritious snack.


The Role of Different Milks in Smoothies


Choosing the right milk of choice can greatly impact your smoothie’s texture and taste. Almond milk, unsweetened or vanilla-flavoured, is a popular non-dairy milk option. It adds a light, nutty flavour. Coconut milk offers a richer, tropical taste.


It has a thicker consistency, making it perfect for a creamier texture. If you prefer a lighter smoothie, almond milk or cashew milk can give a thinner consistency. I am a fan of oat milk. You are not limited by choice of milk by going plant-based.


Potential Health Benefits


Hydration and Digestive Health


This smoothie has a high water content from ingredients like water and cucumber. The soluble fibre from oats, banana, and flax seeds promotes hydration and aids digestion. Together, this helps to prevent constipation.


Heart and Bone Health


Oat milk, oats, blueberries, and flax seeds contribute to heart health. They do this by providing nutrients and compounds like beta-glucans and omega-3 fatty acids. These can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce heart disease risk. In addition, oat milk, cucumber, and kale offer essential nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin K that support bone health.


Antioxidants and Anti-inflammatory Properties


Blueberries, kale, celery, and flax seeds are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals and oxidative stress. These ingredients, along with cucumber and coffee, also have anti-inflammatory properties.


Energy, Mental Alertness, and Mood


Banana provides a quick energy boost due to their carbohydrate content. The caffeine in coffee enhances mental alertness, focus, and mood. Caffeine does this by stimulating certain neurotransmitters in your brain.


Nutrient Density

Kale stands out as a nutrient-dense ingredient, packed with vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like calcium and potassium. The other ingredients, such as blueberries and flax seeds, add essential nutrients and compounds that are good for your health.


Nutritional Profile for the Smoothie


Total Nutritional Profile (Approximate):


Calories: 407 kcal

Carbohydrates: 86.7g

Sugars: 40g

Protein: 11.4g

Total Fat: 8.25g

Saturated Fat: 1g

Unsaturated Fat: 6g


Fiber: 13.6g

Sodium: 50mg

Potassium: 800mg

Calcium: 150mg

Iron: 2mg

Magnesium: 100mg

Vitamin C: 20mg

Vitamin K: 200µg

Vitamin A: 5000 IU

Folate: 50µg


Blueberries in smoothies ingredients

Nutritional Profile Per Serving (Approximate)


Calories: 203.5 kcal

Carbohydrates: 43.35g

Sugars: 20g

Protein: 5.7g

Total Fat: 4.125g

Saturated Fat: 0.5g

Unsaturated Fat: 3g


Fiber: 6.8g

Sodium: 25mg

Potassium: 400mg

Calcium: 75mg

Iron: 1mg

Magnesium: 50mg

Vitamin C: 10mg

Vitamin K: 100µg

Vitamin A: 2500 IU

Folate: 25µg


Wake Up to Blueberries in Coffee Smoothies Recipe


Blueberries in smoothies add a low-sugar sweetness.

Ingredients


Serves 2


1 cup of water

½ cup of oat milk

¼ cup of oats (instant or rolled - I used instant)

1 banana

½ small cucumber

2 sticks of celery

1 - ½ cup of blueberries

2 cubes of frozen kale (or 1 cup)

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1 shot or teaspoon of coffee


Directions


  1. Prepare your shot of coffee and peel the banana

  2. Place the ingredients in a blender

  3. Blend everything until smooth. Start at a low speed and gradually increase to high, usually taking 1-2 minutes.

  4. Check the consistency. If it's too thick, add more water and blend again.

  5. Pour the smoothie into a glass, and enjoy!


Wanting something more tropical? Read Orange Mango Passionfruit Smoothie.






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