Blueberry Bliss Smoothie

Sometimes breakfast calls for something fast, easy, delicious, and as always, nutritious. This blueberry bliss smoothie meets all the requirements! It only takes three simple ingredients: blueberries, bananas, and coconut water. I usually use frozen blueberries and fresh, very ripe bananas, but any combination of fresh/frozen will work, so long as there’s something cold going in the mix! Frozen blueberries tend to be much cheaper than fresh, and since you’ll be blending them up anyway, being frozen won’t make any difference in texture. Be sure your bananas are very ripe. Unripe bananas are not only less nutritious and lower in digestible fiber, they are also less sweet and more starchy, leaving an unpleasant dryness in your mouth. When purchasing coconut water, be sure to find a brand with no additives — the only ingredient should be coconut water. If you don’t have coconut water, any plant-based liquid or even water will do, I just prefer the added benefits and very mild flavor enhancement of coconut water.

This is one of our favorite breakfast smoothies as the flavor is so mild but perfectly sweet, and full of fiber and nutrients to start the day off well and fuel us until lunch time. I am not a proponent of calorie counting, but any time you’re having a liquid meal, it’s helpful to have a general idea how much your body needs to make sure you drink enough. I typically have 300–400 calories and my husband typically has 400–500 calories for breakfast. With a general idea of what your body needs, you can decide how much of each ingredient to mix in your blender. You can estimate about 100 calories for each banana, 85 calories for each cup of blueberries, and 50 calories for each cup of coconut water. I’ve shared the combination I like to split up with my husband below, but play with it a bit, adjusting the number of bananas, the amount of blueberries, and the amount and kind of liquid used until you find the perfect combination for your taste and caloric needs. Happy blending!

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