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Wild about Blueberries!

August 16, 2013 |

Guess what we've been looking foward to doing every single weekend lately?

Our family has been having the best time hanging out here!

To me, this is about as awesome as Alaska gets!  I look forward to coming to this very spot all year long!

Grace has been coming here too since she was 9 months old.  Back then, I'd put her in some thick footsie jammies and set her down on the ground, hoping sticks don't poke through or she crawls off into a sticker bush.

She never did.

Nope, she was always too busy picking wild Alaska blueberries and shoving them in her mouth, by the handful.  Leaves and all.

Living in Alaska sure comes at a high price, and we are about to pay that price with winter just around the corner.

But I like to believe you do get what you pay for.  And Alaska does reward us with as many blueberries as you can possibly pick.

And not just any blueberry.  Our wild Alaska blueberries are even more nutrious than most blueberries!  

Some years, I'm guilty of picking so many gallons and gallons of blueberries, the Ram starts getting nervous we won't have room in the freezer for a moose or salmon.  And we've got two big chest freezers.

Yes, I'm a hoarder.

So what do I do with all those blueberries?

Grace and I eat at least two cups every single day in a smoothie - that's about .... 45 gallons!!! of blueberries every year! 

I swear, this baby is going to come out blue.

Well, to be honest, we don't drink a smoothie every day in the winter, so it's probably more like 20 gallons.  

And it's not just any smoothie.  I've been drinking "green" smoothies for quite a while, but recently started throwing the blueberries in because they add to the nutrion of the smoothie, and it hides the celery, spinach, salad greens, and whatever else I might sneak in when Grace isn't looking.

Shhhh ... don't tell on me!

So we thought today we'd share with you our most favorite Superfood Blueberry Smoothie recipe ... just in case you've got an abundance of them too!  Or maybe you are just struggling like me to get more veggies in your kids bellies.

Or more veggies to the kid in your belly.

I make my smoothies out of Orange Juice (or water and a squeezed lemon if Grace isn't drinking it too), banana, celery, spinach and salad greens, and frozen wild picked Alaska blueberries (you can use fresh too), and yogurt (optional).

I've been known to throw anything else in that is getting too ripe - don't get soft on me avacodo ... you might just get pureed too.

I put about a cup of orange juice in the blender and add two sticks of celery.  Three if Grace isn't watching.

Then I puree the heck out of it.

And then I fill the blender to the very tippity top with spinach or salad greens.  

That get's beat to a greeny pulp.

Next up, banana.  Might as well throw a cup of yogurt in here too.

Then it's blueberry time.

I put enough in to turn the smoothie purple.  This hides the green color that tends to scare Grace off.

This makes enough smoothie for about three big glasses: One for Grace, one for me, and one for our blueberry baby.

Cheers!

Ana

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Jasi's picture

love blueberries

you have such a warm and gracious attitude about your hometown. it makes me want to visit alaska. blueberries are so good for you. i can't seem to get my children to eat them =(. have you tried dipping them in yogurt and freezing them? yum! and this man on youtube i think he's jamesstrange just made an awesome no-bake avocado pie which looks amazing! and pretty healthy. so watch out avocado!

posted by Jasi | on Fri, 2013-08-16 21:00
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birdsandsoap's picture

Yum. We're big green smoothie

Yum. We're big green smoothie fans too. Except ours are brown in the end because spinach + strawberries = brown, haha! I buy bananas when they are marked down, peel them and freeze them in a Ziploc bag. As much frozen fruit as I can add to keep them nice and frosty. I figured celery would be too stringy for my blender, but I will give it a shot.

posted by birdsandsoap | on Sat, 2013-08-17 00:23
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Ana White's picture

Hi Jenny! I'll have to try

Hi Jenny! I'll have to try this with the strawberries too, and the frozen bananas.

I'm not a fan of celery myself, so it's a good way for me to eat it too.

posted by Ana White | on Sat, 2013-08-17 16:49

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