Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie

This Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie is packed with abundant nutrition and can be adapted for fueling different situations throughout your busy day.Convertible Wildblueberry SmoothieDisclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

What comes to mind when you hear the word convertible? I think fast. I think flexible (top up/top down). Are you with me? Ok, good.

Then you’ll understand why I am calling my lastest  smoothie creation  Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie.  It’s fast (make it in under 1 minute)! It’s adaptable for different nutritional demands. It’s made with only 3 ingredients: pecan milk, maple syrup and frozen Wild Blueberries.  Wild Blueberries are the hero ingredient of this beverage and are simply a perfect ingredient for any smoothie. They’re different than regular cultivated blueberries. They’re  called “wild” because they are. Wild Blueberries are not planted and occur naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada that have been here for 10,000 years! These tiny gems have a more intense blueberry flavor and twice the antioxidants of regular blueberries!  Because they’ re frozen you don’t need any ice (unless you’re like me and drink your smoothie over ice).  You can enjoy the delicious taste and health attributes of wild blueberries year round. Find them in the frozen fruit section of your local grocery store; just make sure the package says “Wild.”

If  you’ve never combined Wild Blueberries with pecan milk and maple syrup you’re in for a wild ride!  (BTW, if you can’t find pecan milk or would like to make it yourself, see this post at Healthy Aperture for Homemade Pecan Milk.) My Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie makes a refreshing afternoon snack (I like it when I’m craving something cold,  but don’t want the calories and fat of ice cream; one serving clocks in at 100 calories, 3 grams fat,  19 grams of carbohydrate, 13 grams sugar, 5 mg sodium.)  It  can also be adapted to your nutritional needs. After a bout of exercise,  I  add a little protein (2 tablespoons of whey or soy )  making it a delightful recovery beverage providing 8.5 grams protein and 140 calories.  Adding a  full scoop of protein powder  and I’ve got a light meal replacement with 180 calories and  16 grams of protein. Please give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

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Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie

Prep Time 1 minutes Total Time 1 min
Serves (serves 1)     adjust servings

Ingredients

(serves 1)

  • 1/2 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup pecan milk
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • Optional : 2- 4 Tablespoons Whey or Soy Protein Powder

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and process for 30 seconds or until combined. Serve immediately straight up or over ice.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 149kcal Calories from fat 37
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Carbohydrate 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 14g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

Three Fruit Smoothie

One minute is all it takes  to make this Three Fruit Smoothie with CocoaVia® Cran-Raspberry supplement packs for your daily dose of cocoa flavanols.

IMG_3636_edited-1Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the CocoaVia® #HeartMonth campaign as a member of Healthy Aperture Blogger Network.  I received samples of CocoaVia® product mentioned in this post and I was compensated for my time. 

Call me a preservationist. Call me high maintenance. The upkeep of my body is a priority, but I DON’T mean in a primping kinda way. (I’m the gal who six out of seven days,  opts for a ponytail over a self imposed blow-out.) While waxing, polishing and shellacking would probably help make me look more  like I have it together, I tend to work things from the inside out. So I invest my time in eating right and exercising daily.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I love muscles. In my post on  10 Reasons Why You Should Care About Muscle Maintenance,  I explain it’s not just about being bigger and stronger. More than any other single factor, muscle loss is responsible for the frailty and diminished vitality we associate with old age. But did you know your heart is also a muscle? Yep, and I ‘m just as passionate about preserving my ticker, as I am in preserving my biceps! February is the perfect month to talk about matters of the heart, so today I want to encourage you to give yours  little extra TLC everyday with CocoaVia® cocoa extract supplement.

It ‘s well documented in the scientific literature that the benefits of chocolate  come from the cocoa flavanols. The published research shows that beginning about 200 mg,  cocoa flavanols can begin to have a positive effects on the vasculuar system.  Here’s what you need to know:  CocoaVia® cocoa extract supplement delivers the highest concentration of cocoa flavanols (375 mg of cocoa flavanols per serving of CocoaVia® supplement)  which are scientifically proven to promote a healthy heart by supporting healthy blood flow.†three fruit smoothie

The cocoa flavanols in CocoaVia® are backed by two decades of scientific research that suggests these powerful plant-derived nutrients from cocoa beans may play a valuable role in cardiovascular health.

If you’re asking, ‘Why not just eat chocolate?’, you’re asking a good question! Chocolate is a fabulous treat, but it’s not a reliable way to get sufficient quantities of cocoa flavanols. Traditional cocoa processing, which includes drying, fermenting and roasting of beans, destroys many of the flavanols naturally present in the cocoa bean. CocoaVia® supplement isolates the “good stuff” in chocolate in a convenient, versatile form, without all the calories and fat.

It’s a cinch to integrate CocoaVia® products  into your healthy lifestyle. Packaged as  convenient  powdered ‘stick’ packs makes it simple to add one to your favorite beverages or foods everyday. They come in three delicious flavors: Unsweetened Dark Chocolate, Sweetened Dark Chocolate, and Cran-Raspberry. I’m crazy about the  dark chocolate flavors  mixed with  milk or smoothies (like my Banana Cream Pie Smoothie).  They’re also good with hot or chilled  coffee, oatmeal, and yogurt. Cran-Raspberry mixes well with water, smoothies, yogurt, and  iced tea. After my run today,  I made this crisp refreshing  recovery drink by mixing the   Cran- Raspberry CocoaVia®  with skim milk and orange juice and serving over ice…three fruit smoothie It provides fluid, electrolytes,  carbohydrates for glycogen replacement, protein for muscle building and repair, and of course, cocoa flavanols to support healthy blood flow.†

Evidence strongly suggests, your health (and ability reduce age related decline) depends on the combination of your genes and your lifestyle. Join me in adding CocoaVia® to your daily routine! To learn more, be sure to check out the website www.cocoavia.com<rel=”nofollow”/a> and find more delicious recipes using CocoaVia® Brand here .

three fruit smoothie†  This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This produce is not intended to diagnose, treat , cure or prevent any disease.

Three Fruit Smoothie

Prep Time 1 minute Total Time 1 min

Ingredients

  • ice cubes
  • 1 packet of CocoaVia® Cran-Raspberry supplement
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Instructions

  1. 1. Fill a drinking glass with ice. Set aside.
  2. 2. In a 2 cup glass measuring cup, combine milk, orange juice and  CocoaVia® supplement packet. Stir the drink to blend. Pour over ice and drink immediately.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 99kcal Calories from fat 4
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Carbohydrate 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 16g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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