Blueberry Walnut Smoothie

Blueberry Walnut Smoothie - Food & Nutrition Magazine - Stone Soup
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One of my goals this year is to add more color to my diet. This may seem like a weird thing for a dietitian/chef to say, but sometimes nutrition goes out the door when things get busy. Simple recipes like this smoothie are a great way to pack a lot of nutrition into one meal or snack. There’s plenty of evidence to show that blueberries, walnuts and spinach are good for brain function and they taste great. I added coconut and flax seed for texture and the protein powder is in there to help keep you full, but is totally optional.

Blueberry Walnut Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup raw walnut halves
  • ¼ cup frozen raspberries
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 1 ½ cups milk (I used unsweetened soy milk but any kind will do)
  • 1 stevia packet (or 1 teaspoon raw honey or pure maple syrup)
  • Optional: 2 scoops vanilla protein powder

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until very smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Serve immediately. Garnish with extra frozen blueberries and walnut pieces, if desired.
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Jen Plaggemars is a registered dietitian and private chef based in Holland, MI, and owner of Chef Jen LLC. She blogs at chefjen.com.