This is a perfect post-workout treat. I have a long history of not liking smoothies. I have tried, I really have. Being lactose-intolerant, I have struggled to find a recipe that doesn’t require me to pop a Lactaid first thing in the morning.
When we were in Chicago earlier this summer, Manatee and I shared a smoothie at the the Green City Market. They used organic apple cider and blueberries. I was hooked. When I got home, I tried to recreate it but it just never seemed to work. Not to mention, I was using frozen blueberries so my teeth would be chattering by the time I finished up and without a straw, the blueberries gave me ghoul lips. So I was cold AND ugly. Not a great way to start the day.
After my field trip to the cranberry marsh, I had a bag of cranberries in my pantry. I have to admit, when the idea of incorporating cranberries came to me, it was more about regulating the temperature. I couldn’t bear putting two cold fruits in one drink. Little did I know how much it would affect the flavor.
Sweet blueberries paired with tart cranberries = a refreshing way to start the day. Throw in some protein powder and you should be set for the morning.
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon protein powder
1 tablespoon of flaxseeds optional
- Put the cranberries and the blueberries into the blender.
- Blend the berries together until smooth.
- Add protein powder (and flax seeds, is using). Blend some more.
Recipe Review: This is my new go-to breakfast! I love how the fruits balance each other out. Here are few tips:
- If you don’t want it super cold, take the blueberries out of the freezer before you work out. When you are finished, they should have thawed slightly.
- Store your cranberries in the pantry. They don’t need to be refrigerated and I think they taste more fresh when they are room temperature.
- Flaxseeds are totally optional. Sometimes I add them and sometimes I don’t. They gave you more nutrients and fiber. I throw them in whole but if you have flaxseed meal, you could use that too.
- Use a straw. I buy milkshake straws and they work out pretty well.