New mamas and mamas-to-be (and their families) will love our Blueberry Ginger Smoothie. Not only is it amazingly delicious, it offers a quick pick-me-up any time of day. And with a bit of refreshing ginger, this power beverage can even help soothe morning sickness.
The Benefits of Blueberries
Grab this smoothie for a healthy breakfast, lunch or mid-day snack. Blueberries pack a nutritional punch of Vitamin C, folate and fiber. The berries' potassium has been shown to help lower high blood pressure—a particular risk factor during pregnancy.
Milk and yogurt add calcium, vitamin D and protein to build strong bones for baby too. Oats, flaxseed and brewers yeast all help boost a breastfeeding mom's milk supply.
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or skim milk
- 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries (If using fresh blueberries add several ice cubes for a colder smoothie.)
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup oatmeal, ground in blender or coffee/spice grinder
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed, round in coffee/spice grinder
- 1 teaspoon brewers yeast
- 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger, to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend several minutes. Serve with extra blueberries.
Makes about two cups.
Note: The consistency will be thin but will thicken after several minutes as the oatmeal and flaxseed absorb the liquid. Smoothies can be refrigerated for several days. Add more milk if mixture becomes too thick.
Per one cup serving: 233 calories; 7.6g total fat (2.6g saturated; 2.0g polyunsaturated, 1.4g monounsaturated); 131.2mg sodium; 12.5mg cholesterol; 37.4g carbohydrate; 23.6g sugars; 6.3g fiber; 6.4g protein; 584.8mg potassium.