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With the earth asleep under a thick blanket of snow, this is the perfect time to ‘shake things up’ by visiting your freezer and rediscovering those healthy summer treasures stored there. Today, I brought out some frozen raspberries, Saskatoons, wild red and black currants, Highbush cranberries and a few pureed chickweed ice cubes to add to a colorful smoothie. What a great way to wake up those sleepy taste buds, boost that immune system and enjoy last summer’s foraging harvest with this explosion of summer berry flavor.

wild berry smoothie

I use a variety of smoothie recipes depending on what I have on hand.  The most basic smoothie recipes generally calls for:

1 cup yogurt

2 cups frozen fruit, chopped

1 cup ice cubes

Put these in a blender and blend until smooth. From there feel free to experiment by adding:

  • different fruit combinations ( I almost always add a banana to thicken it)
  • frozen honeydew, cantaloupe and/or watermelon
  • frozen pureed dandelion leaf
  • a splash of pineapple juice or coconut milk for a tropical flavor
  • pomegranate or cranberry juice
  • almond or soy milk
  • a tablespoon of freshly ground flax seed or wheat germ
  • honey or Stevia if you want your smoothie a little sweeter
  • a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to make it more sour
  • or top with granola

A friend of mine mentioned that he makes a healthy peanut butter breakfast smoothie… I’ve never tried that before, perhaps he’ll share his recipe with us? In the meantime, cheers everyone…

To health, wellness and vitality!