Friday, August 5, 2011

Blueberries and the Perfert Summer Smoothie

Happy Friday! I hope you all are enjoying your summer and staying cool. This crazy heat is no joke...112 degrees here in lovely East Texas yesterday. Remind me not to complain when there's snow on the ground.

Coach is back to the football grind, so the Knuckleheads and I have been trying to entertain ourselves and enjoy our last couple of weeks before school starts.  A hot as it's been, we've been trying to find indoor activities as much as possible. However, a few days ago I got an email from our favorite little blueberry farm, saying that the picking season was coming to an end. That was all we needed to encourage us to brave the heat and spend a morning picking blueberries. It was as hot as the hinges of the devil's door and we were the only ones crazy enough to be out there, but I'm so glad we went! We picked a pile of the sweetest blueberries I've ever tasted. We gave ourselves blueberry tummyaches eating so many right off the trees as we picked!

We've been having fresh berries on our cereal and oatmeal every morning. We've made blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, blueberry syrup and fruit salad with loads of blueberries...and we still had plenty to freeze for later. We kinda love blueberries.

Of all the ways to use the berries, my favorite is a simple smoothie. They are so easy to throw together and you can knock out several servings of fruit and dairy in one glass. Here's how I make mine....

Start with 1 cup of 1% milk, add 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 banana, 4 strawberries, a few peach slices and a small handful of blueberries. Then...

Add a big handful of baby spinach. No really, it's awesome! You can't taste the spinach at all and it's so good for you. My kids love love love these smoothies!

Just give them a whirl and I bet you'll love them too!

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL WONDERFUL weekend!

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