Start the morning off right with a mixed berry nut smoothie. Use two to three kinds of berries to increase the power of antioxidants and any variety of roasted nuts for protein.
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and cherries are naturally sweet. Therefore, regular sugar is prohibited. Farmer’s markets are primarily one of the best places to purchase good quality ripe berries.
Sprouts farmer’s market, located northwest of Tucson Arizona, sell a variety of fresh organic produce and a great selection of freshly picked berries.
To learn more about Sprouts farmer’s market online, go to sprouts.com or call the Tucson store location at (520) 297-5446.
1 cup of frozen strawberries
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
3/4 cup of frozen raspberries
3/4 cup of roasted almonds or peanuts
3/4 cups of honey
1 1/2 cups of almond or soy milk
1 cup of ice
Rinse the berries under cold water. Place the berries in a Tupperware sealed dish and freeze overnight.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place selected variety of nuts flat on the cookie sheet; roast in the oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Add nuts to a blender and pulse until completely grounded.
Mix in the honey and use only a 1/2 cup of milk. Blend all ingredients until smooth. The mixture may start to appear thick.
Mix in frozen berries, ice, and one cup of milk. Blend for approximately two minutes. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon and blend for an additional two minutes.
One serving contains: two servings of fruit, one serving of protein, and one serving of dairy. Yields: 2 to 3 servings.
Since food allergies to certain nuts are very common; any variety of nuts can be used. Instead of almond milk, use coconut water, skim milk or chocolate-vanilla flavored soy milk. Feel free to use a variety of other fruits as well.