Fresh wild blueberries are in season, so it’s perfect timing to incorporate them in a tasty and packed with nutrition smoothie.

The reason I like smoothies is that you can hide some mysterious ingredients that are not quite pleasurable to have on their own. However, with the right combination of flavours, their taste is less prominent or even disappears.

For instance, kale’s bitterness is not a favourite for many people. In this smoothie, not only the flavour of blueberries and chocolate are dominant, but the creaminess of cashews pleases the taste buds.

Give it a try and take advantage of all the goodness: phytonutrients, prebiotics and probiotics, fiber, vitamins C, K and folate, as well as calcium, iron and other the minerals present in raw kale and blueberries.

When you drink this smoothie as breakfast, you will appreciate steady blood sugar and energy until noon. It will also provide considerable amounts of vitamins and minerals for bone health, plus antioxidants to prevent cellular damage by free radicals.

Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups kale leaves (well packed); save the stems
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 cups almond milk (or another milk alternative)
3/4 cups water
1/4 cup cashew cream, fermented (or one handful cashews)
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp chia/flax seeds
5-6 leaves mint, fresh

Directions:

1) In a blender, puree all ingredients, including kale stems, until smooth.

2) Adjust thickness with water.

3) Decorate with fresh mint and enjoy!

Of course, you can replace kale with other green leafy vegetables, different types of nut milk or fruits may be preferred, hence tens of variations of the smoothie can be made – the sky’s the limit!

I’ve used kale in this recipe to show it is possible to mask the strong taste of some foods. Be open to including in your daily diet more nutrient-dense foods – it just needs a little juggling with matching aromas.

Keep exploring and share your favourite combo in comments.

Source of: vitamins C and K, pre- and probiotics, flavonoids.

Supports: digestion, blood sugar control, healthy ageing.

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