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
      • 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)
      • 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
      • 1 can coconut milk
      • 2 Tbs chia seeds
      • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • A pinch of salt
      • 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.

Real Fresh, Real Delicious, Really Green Smoothie
With Saint Patrick’s Day around the corner, spring in the air, and the produce section at my neighborhood Brookshire Brothers overflowing with fresh seasonal produce, what better way to celebrate than with a tasty green treat?  No need for artificial food coloring when you can use nature’s pantry to create a delectable green smoothie that will please kids and adults alike. Plus, smoothies are a quick and tasty way to get in your daily fruits and veggies!
Healthy Shamrock Smoothie Recipe
The art of the smoothie is all about the combination of ingredients. At my local Brookshire Brothers, I spotted plenty of farm fresh produce for inspiration. I decided to blend fresh apples and cucumbers in my recipe, but feel free to swap out ingredients and make it your own. You can sub in fresh oranges, bananas, kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, double the frozen fruit, or whatever you feel inspired to do!
Shamrock Smoothie Ingredients: Fresh Kale
For a sweeter drink, choose frozen mango or frozen pineapple and use coconut water or 100% juice for the liquid component.  For a mildly sweet lower calorie smoothie, I used an almond/coconut milk blend.  If using the drink as a meal replacement, try using regular milk or half yogurt half milk to boost the protein.
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Shamrock Smoothie Ingredients: Coconut Water
I added a spoon full of chia seeds for some healthy omega-3 fats, but flax seed works as well or you can skip them all together.  For the green stuff, try hand fulls of fresh spinach, kale, or Swiss chard to make it as beautiful as it is healthy.
Healthy Shamrock Smoothie Ingredients
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make your own pot of (green smoothie) gold at the end of the rainbow.  Wishing you good luck and good health!  Enjoy!
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Healthy Shamrock Smoothie RecipeIngredients
1 cup frozen mango, pineapple, or other frozen fruit of choice
Two small or one large apple, cored and cut into chunks
1/2 cucumber or one mini cucumber cut into chunks
1 cup almond milk, coconut milk, regular milk, yogurt, coconut water, or 100% juice of choice
1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or half a lemon squeezed)
1 Tablespoon of whole chia seeds or flax seeds (optional)
Two big hand fulls (about two cups packed) of fresh spinach, kale, or Swiss chard
Find a nearby Brookshire Brothers to pick up any ingredients you don't already have on hand!
Add all ingredients to blender and mix until well blended. Add greens in batches as needed.  
Makes 4 cups (32 ounces)

Angela Larson
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 
Nature's Health Food - Strawberries

Enjoy Nature's Health Food for May. Strawberries are healthy and great for smoothies and other snacks.

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