Berry Immunity Smoothie

Berry Immunity Smoothie

I am really excited to share something special with you today! With my recent move and being sick this week, my friend Leanne from Healthful Pursuit is doing a guest post today. I’ve been following Leanne’s blog for awhile and I know you will love her style as much as I do. Leanne is a holistic nutritionist with incredible creativity when it comes to making allergen-free recipes and treats! Some of my favorites include her (vegan) california rolls with edamame pate, bombay banana smoothie, and her raw and vegan nanaimo bars. Leanne made a beautiful smoothie to share with you today so I’ll let her get to it!
Well hello there. I’m so thrilled to be here with you today while Sonnet is moving to her new home. I’ve been a reader of her blog for what seems like forever so getting a chance to create an exclusive recipe for you guys today has been quite a treat. Okay, let’s get this party started!
 
Do you like green smoothies? ‘Common, be honest. Are you captivated by their green glow, enthralled by their nutrient power? Do you feel healthier just looking at one?
 
If you answered no to any of those questions it’s okay, you’re not alone. Maybe the color throws you off a bit? I have a smoothie color discriminating individual in my life. He will not, can not drink a green (colored) smoothie. Nope, not happening. So I’ve had to get a bit creative in its delivery. Thankfully, berries work fabulously at masking a green smoothie’s true identity. Just a little goes a long way in turning what was once a green smoothie into a red, purple or blue smoothie in a flash.


 
Berry Immunity Smoothie
 

So now that you; or your friends’ ;), aversion to drinking green things has been settled, there’s nothing stopping you from getting one of these babies in your cute, little hands!

What I love most about smoothies is their nutrient potential. You can pack them full of whatever your heart desires. Since it seems that everyone and their dog is coming down with a flu bug these days, I chose to make today’s recipe particularly good for strengthening immunity with cost-effective superfoods. Blueberries, cranberries, a bit of kale and homemade apple juice will give you 170% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C in one little glass and not break the bank. Not bad, not bad at all!

And last, but certainly not least, is something I like to do with all of my smoothies… add some fiber up in there. Just a tablespoon will do the trick. You see, if you add fiber to your smoothie, it’ll ‘latch’ onto the sugars and help to ease spikes to your blood sugar level as you’re drinking the good stuff. No spikes, no crashes, less cravings, happy days.

Berry Immunity Smoothie


Chia, hemp and flax are great fiber boosting options. Each have their benefits so take a look at these stats and choose the one that best fits you. I’m a chia girl through and through, but it’s a preference thing.

Okay, let’s drink green purple smoothies!

Berry Immunity Smoothie

Berry Immunity Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons homemade cranberry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, flax seeds or hemp seeds
  • ½ cup homemade apple juice
  • ½ fresh or frozen banana
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup tightly packed kale leaves
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in your blender in the order listed, then blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.

 

 

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Author bio: Leanne Vogel is a holistic nutritionist on a pursuit of self-discovery through allergen-free recipes, travel, yoga and inward reflection. During a recent trip to India, Leanne was inspired to embrace her true self and begin to live authentically. After returning home, she left her highly successful corporate job of 7 years and moved across Canada in pursuit of the life she’d always dreamed of. You can find her living out her journey as she documents her latest adventures on her blog, www.healthfulpursuit.com.

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Twitter:@be_healthful

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Comments

  1. says

    Mmm! My ultra-picky lil’ dude would probably like this… Though, strangely, he doesn’t mind the green color so much, as long as he thinks he had some choice in picking out all the other ingredients. Gonna have to get on the ball and make some of that cranberry sauce!

  2. Claire says

    Do you notice the taste of the kale?? I usually make green smoothies using spinach because it had a mild flavor that I think blends in well- does kale do the same? Thanks!

    • Sonnet says

      Spinach is definitely mild in a smoothie, but kale also tastes great when combined with fruit. I like to mix my greens so I usually alternate spinach and kale, along with collard greens and chard.

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