Well hello there! What a whirlwind the last two weeks have been. Scott and I went on a vacation with his family to Yosemite National Park last week. Scott has a busy work schedule right now and we didn’t think we would be able to go. It turned into sort of a last minute trip for us. We found out 3 days before we left that we were officially going. My father-in-law had a bucket list item to hike/climb Half Dome, so that was the big highlight of the trip. Btw, I am working on a post to share everything I packed and ate on that (12 hour) hike, so stay tuned! Before this trip, Scott and I owned ZERO hiking equipment so we frantically went to REI and got everything we needed (hiking shoes, backpacks, hats, etc.). Fast forward a few days later and we were smack dab in the middle of a mountain range! Yosemite was absolutely incredible. I mean….innnncredible. I am so glad we were able to go. We had very limited cell service and internet connection there so it was refreshing to take a little break from technology and soak in the gorgeous scenery.
Some of Scott’s extended family joined us on the trip which made it an absolute blast! One of Scott’s aunts is really into health and nutrition and we chatted up a storm sharing recipes, tips, and ideas (so fun!). One of the things she mentioned to me was that she has been adding fresh mint to some of her smoothies.
Fresh herbs + lots of delicious fruit = UMMM….yessss. Why didn’t I think of that?!?
The blueberry mint smoothie we talked about has been on my mind ever since. Scott and I got back from California Saturday night so first thing Sunday morning I went to the grocery and stocked up our fridge and pantry. There is NOTHING better than having a fresh stocked fridge amirite? One thing I had on the top of my grocery list was fresh mint. I HAD to try this smoothie (and put my own spin on it).
I think you know me well enough by now to know I am a smoothie freak. Like...I can’t get enough. If you are like me and have a slight (freaking huge) obsession with smoothies, you need to try this smoothie. It is the most refreshing smoothie ever. I have been drinking this first thing in the morning and it wakes me right up! Fresh mint FOR. THE. WIN. Also, for those of you who don’t like bananas, this smoothie is banana free. Not to worry though, it is super-duper creamy (thanks, avocado!). It’s sweet enough thanks to the blueberries and pineapple, but not too sweet.
Speaking of blueberries, I have been really into wild blueberries lately. Most of us are familiar with the highbush variety of blueberries (which is the most popular variety found in our local stores), but there are other varieties such as lowbush and rabbiteye. Lowbush blueberries are also known as “wild blueberries” and are a nutrition goldmine. Blueberries have been shown to help with cardiovascular health, insulin resistance, and contain anti-cancer benefits. Because blueberries contain a great amount of fiber and are lower in sugar than some other fruits, they have a low glycemic index which means better blood sugar regulation and steady energy. On the color spectrum, the purple-blue-red-orange spectrum is home to the most antioxidant-rich fruits, and wild blueberries are the winner overall. Just one cup has about 10 times the USDA’s recommendation of antioxidant vitamins A & C.
SIGN ME UP.
Wild Blueberry Mint Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Place all ingredients in a high powdered blender and blend until very smooth. Add filtered water as needed if you prefer a "thinner" consistency.