It’s officially spring, and that means smoothie season is here! I’m not one to get excited to make smoothies in the winter, but once they days get longer and the sun is warming things up outside, I’m ready to start my day with a frosty cold smoothie. As Easter just passed us by, the pastel purple color of this Wild Blueberry Walnut Cookie Smoothie will totally put you in the mood for more springtime fun to come your way!
Last month on social media I did a Seven Days of Smoothies series on Facebook Live. As I mentioned in my Shamrock Shake recipe post, the inspiration for this series was the introduction of Wildtree’s new Balanced Meal Shake.The blend contains 17g of vegan protein, 6g of fiber, and is a gluten-free, allergy-free option. With “Wild” in the name, I felt Wild Blueberries would be a perfect fit to go along with the shake.
WHAT’S SO WILD ABOUT THESE BLUEBERRIES
I previously posted about Wild Blueberries in my Wild Blueberry Muffin Smoothie Recipe. Wild Blueberries aren’t just called “wild” because of their unique sweet and tart flavor. They actually grow wildly in nature throughout Maine and Eastern Canada barrens and fields. These tiny berries are often known for being high sources of antioxidants and have twice as much antioxidant power as their larger fresh, cultivated cousins. Research has shown than Wild Blueberries play a role in maintaining gut health while managing diabetes, cancer, and brain health. Because they are only grown in Maine and Canada at a certain time of year, Wild Blueberries are only found in the freezer section of your grocery store.
FULL OF FIBER
You wouldn’t necessarily consider a smoothie to be a high fiber source, but for this recipe I made sure to include lots of high fiber sources to make this smoothie a filling and satisfying beverage. Oatmeal, dried date, flax seeds, walnuts, and fruit are all high fiber sources that have been added. The Vanilla Wildtree Balanced Meals Shake also adds 6g of fiber to the party. Fiber not only helps us feel more full, but also slows down sugar absorption so we have more energy over a longer period of time. Too often smoothies are full of only blended fruit or just protein powder and milk. The lack of fiber can cause us to feel hungry again sooner than we may want. Including high fiber sources will prevent hunger from coming on too soon.
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WEIRD BUT GOOD INGREDIENT
A few months ago I was quoted on The List about “weird but good” ingredients I put in my smoothies. I said egg whites. Each three-tablespoon serving provides five grams of protein and about 25 calories. They not only create a great creamy, frothy texture, but also add a boost of protein to any smoothie. Make sure to use pasteurized egg whites to keep your smoothie safe. This smoothie recipe will turn you into a believer.
NUTS FOR THIS SMOOTHIE
Another way to feel more satisfied from a smoothie is from healthy sources of protein and fat, like nuts. Walnuts are the nut of choice for this smoothie. I wanted to create that oatmeal cookie flavor by adding in a nutty component, which is where walnuts come in. Plus, oatmeal walnut cookies on their own rock! I was also inspired by the sample of Milked Walnuts that Elmhurst 1925 sent me following FNCE (thanks again!). If you can get your hands on a container of their Milked Walnuts, I highly recommend it! The smell alone is amazing with a sweet, nutty flavor. I also use this milk in baking and making French Toast and pancakes to add a new flavor dynamic. The nut milking process that Elmhurst 1925 uses helps maintain more of the flavor and protein quality of the nuts. You know I love my good old-fashioned dairy (which is also used in this smoothie recipe to balance out the flavors), but milked walnuts is a nice change up.
If you have a sweet tooth and you like having cookies for breakfast or as a snack, then whip yourself up a Wild Blueberry Walnut Cookie Smoothie. You’ll love this satisfying sweet treat. And if for no other reason, who doesn’t love purple food???
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Wild Blueberry Walnut Cookie Smoothie
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup wild blueberries
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 dried date
- 1 tbsp flax
- 2 scoops Vanilla Wildtree Balanced Meals Shake (see Notes)
- 2 tbsps walnuts
- 1/4 cup pasteurized liquid egg whites
- 1/2 cup Elmhurst 1925 Milked Walnuts (or sub any milk)
- Top w/ nonfat milk
Combine all ingredients together in blender and blend to desired consistency. For thinner shake, use more milk. Enjoy immediately.
READY TO WELCOME SPRING WITH THIS SMOOTHIE?
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