Real Fresh, Real Delicious Blueberry Smoothie Bowls
I’m all about blueberries right now.  I always get a little antsy waiting for blueberry season, and when it finally arrives I get a little carried away.  After filling my fridge with the tiny little blue orbs of delight, I realize that I might need to get a little creative to use them all up.  This isn’t a bad problem to have though, because most things blueberry-themed are A-OK in my book.  A favorite easy go-to recipe is always going to be a smoothie.  They are satisfying, easy to make, pretty, and best of all, delicious.  What could possibly be more fun than drinking a smoothie?  I’m glad you asked.  Well, putting it in a bowl and adding toppings turns a plain-Jane smoothie into a full out experience.  Perhaps it’s my childhood daydream of getting all the toppings I could dream of at the ice cream shop, but I’m always looking for an excuse for toppings for most everything I eat.  The toppings make it feel extra special for kids too, and my kids love to get involved in making (or as they call it “decorating”) their own bowls when the toppings are laid out buffet style.  If you make the optional chia seed pudding to put on top, you’ll have an over the top smoothie bowl nirvana-like experience.  I dare you to try it – no, really, double-dog dare you. 
What are you waiting for?  Let’s make smoothies! 
Happy Blueberry Season!

Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie Bowls with All the Toppings

Smoothie Ingredients
      • 4 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen, washed and picked over
      • 1 ripe banana, fresh or frozen
      • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
      • 5-6 large ice cubes
      • Additional milk or juice, as needed to thin
Toppings
      • Fresh blueberries (or other types of fruit, as desired) 
      • Nuts and seeds (I love toasted pecans and shelled sunflower seeds)
      • Plain yogurt
      • Honey
      • Chia seed pudding (see recipe below)
Directions
      • Put all smoothie ingredients into blender and blend for 30-60 seconds until smooth. 
      • Thin, as needed with additional milk or juice to desired consistency. 
      • Place smoothie into a bowl and top with desired toppings. 
Chia Seed Pudding
Ingredients
      • 1 can coconut milk
      • 2 Tbs chia seeds
      • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • A pinch of salt
Directions
      • Mix all ingredients and allow to thicken for at least two hours or overnight. 
Note:  Recipe was adapted from “Buddha Smoothie Bowl” as featured in Half-Baked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard.
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Angela Larson

Angela Larson is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods.  Delicious food is her passion, so she loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of health and nutrition.  When Angela isn't working with Brookshire Brothers, she's a mostly stay-at-home mom who loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors with her husband, Austin, and their two daughters.

Wood Blueberry Farm
So we started a Blueberry Farm... What were we thinking?
After a trip to the California wine country in 2005, we decided we wanted to plant a vineyard. We had the available land, had the soil tested, and realized it was not suitable so much for wine grapes as it would be for blueberries. After some research, talking to other blueberry farmers, and the help of family and friends we started planting just one year later. We both had full-time careers away from the farm, Craig a Veterinarian, and Julie the Director of Food Service at a local school district. It was our plan that this venture would be our part-time retirement hobby to keep us active and outdoors. Luckily, we had 3 teenage boys that were able to help us run the farm during harvest in the summer. Without their help, we could not have managed it. 
 
An image of blueberry farmers , Craig and Julie Wood Craig and Julie Wood of Wood Blueberry Farm in Burke, TX. 
 

We were so excited when we harvested the first fruit in 2007, it was enough to make a really nice cobbler. Now our field totals nearly 8,000 plants and will produce 35,000 pounds of fruit in a good year.

 Find fresh blueberries from Wood Blueberry Farm and more local products at your nearest Brookshire Brothers
 

The farmer’s life is interesting and should be highly respected by those that enjoy the harvest. The weather all year long determines the quality and quantity of fruit produced. We spend many hours watching the weather forecasts and predicting how it will affect our crop. 

Harvest time is highly anticipated. We cannot wait for the first buds to pop and flower! Once we get into full-blown harvest it is long hard exhausting days of work - daylight till dark. This is the time of year we say, “What were we thinking?”. But the harvest is short term and makes us appreciate the vacation we usually plan at the end of each season.

And by the way, we did plant that small vineyard that grows really pretty grapes; we just make really bad wine - So thankfully our blueberry crop is plentiful and delicious!

Wood Blueberry Farm is proud to be Aggie owned & operated and to be a hometown partner of Brookshire Brothers. 

Julie Wood ’85, is now retired from Hudson ISD and manages the farm full time.

Dr. Craig Wood ’85, is still a full-time Veterinarian at Lone Star Veterinary Clinic in Lufkin.

Their three boys all graduated from Texas A&M, ’13, ’15, ‘15, and now work in the Houston area.

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Celebrate with Blueberry Pie Bars
School is in full swing and the long Labor Day weekend is upon us. Cookouts and potlucks will be on the weekends agenda and we've got a Blueberry Pie Bar recipe that will be all the talk around the grill and pool. BONUS: Keep reading for special savings on blueberries this weekend only!

Blueberry Pie Bars

Blueberry Pie Bars

Ingredients
      • 1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
      • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
      • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
      • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
      • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
      • Juice of 1 lemon
      • 4 cups fresh blueberries
Directions
      • Heat oven to 375°F.
      • Spray 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
      • Break up three-fourths of cookie dough into pan.
      • With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust.
      • Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. 
      • Meanwhile, in medium bowl, crumble remaining cookie dough.
      • Add oats, brown sugar and cinnamon; toss.
      • Set aside.
      • In small bowl, stir together granulated sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice.
      • Gently stir in blueberries.
      • Sprinkle blueberry mixture evenly over crust.
      • Crumble oat mixture over blueberry mixture. 
      • Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbly.
      • Cool 1 hour before serving.
      • Cut into squares.
*Recipe courtesy of our vendor partner Pillsbury.
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The berry best benefits of blueberries
by LeAnne Anderson, RDN, LD
 
Sweet, plump, and juicy blueberries often make the “super foods” lists, and for good reason!  Weighing in at just over 80 calories per cup, blueberries are fat-free, low in sodium and a good source of fiber.  Even more impressive are the additional nutrition benefits they provide:
 
ANTIOXIDANTS - A group of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, which help counteract the formation of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are a by-product of the body using oxygen for energy, and can also come from environmental factors such as pollution or cigarette smoke.  Antioxidants counteract these free radicals and help prevent or even reverse the damage they cause to our body’s cells.  1 cup of blueberries provides 24% of the recommended daily value for vitamin C!    
 
PHYTOCHEMICALS - These compounds have recently sparked interest among the nutrition community.  Found in plant-based foods, these naturally-occurring chemicals may help slow the aging process, increase immunity, and prevent or reduce the risk for some cancers and chronic diseases such as diabetes.  Anthocyanin and elagic acid are two of the phytonutrients present in blueberries.   
 
VITAMIN K - Important factor for proper blood clotting, regulation of calcium metabolism, and body cell signaling.
 
VITAMIN B6 - One of eight B-complex vitamins, B-6 is needed for amino acid production and cell formation.  It also plays a role in regulating metabolism and in the production of insulin, hemoglobin and infection-fighting antibodies.
 
MANGANESE - This mineral is an essential partner in bone formation and energy metabolism.
 
When purchasing, look for berries that are blue to dark blue in color, plump and free of decay.  A silver-white frost (called “bloom”) is normal.  This fruit requires little prep work—simply rinse and drain before enjoying a handful or using in a recipe.  Fresh blueberries can be frozen for later use.  Just place a single layer in a sheet pan, freeze until firm, then place in a air-tight container or plastic bag. 
 
As part of a balanced diet blueberries offer some of the “berry best” in nutrition!  And while blueberry muffins and pie are always a delicious way to enjoy blueberries, here are a couple of recipes using blueberries in a different and healthy way!