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This Balsamic Blueberry Smoothie Recipe is all about the blueberry flavor! A tiny bit of good-quality balsamic vinegar and a touch of sea salt pull out the natural sweetness of blueberries.
I’m the girl who eats soup in summer and ice cream in winter.
But maybe that’s not so strange…scientists say a hot drink on a hot day can cool you down and ice cream can warm up the body because of its caloric content.
However, smoothies are my year-round anomaly. I enjoy them just as much in the dead of January as I do in the blazing heat of July.
A lot of people use smoothies as a tool to get extra nutrition into a busy lifestyle, or to get picky eaters to eat more fruits and vegetables.
But in addition to their health benefits, I enjoy the beauty of a nutritious smoothie with a well-crafted flavor profile.
Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
A little bit of mint ads dimension here, but the surprise ingredient in this smoothie is a dash of super good-quality balsamic vinegar. It perks up the flavors and actually highlights the natural sweetness of blueberries, just like a touch of sea salt does.
Because really, this smoothie is all about the blueberry flavor!
Earthbound Farm Organic Frozen Blueberries + Fresh Spinach
Earthbound Farm Organic Frozen Blueberries are perfect here for two reasons: 1) I find them to be sweeter than most fresh or frozen blueberries, and 2) they’re already frozen so there’s no need to add ice to the smoothie. And bonus, you know you’re getting a quality product from farmers who care about their product, the environment and their farming practices.
There’s also a handful of Earthbound Farm Organic Baby Spinach in there, but that’s just for the added nutritional oomph. You won’t be able to see or taste it in the final product.
Pro Tip: If seeing or tasting spinach in a smoothie doesn’t bother you, go ahead and add up to 1 ½ cups baby spinach – that’s how I like mine!
How to Sweeten a Smoothie
I like to start with less sweetener and then add more to taste. You can always add more, but you can't take it out. And if you add fruit, your smoothie might be sweet enough as-is without added sweetener.
If you do want to add sweetener, focus on using healthier, less-processed sweeteners to your smoothies.
Here are a few sweetener ideas for smoothies:
- Maple syrup
- Agave nectar
- Coconut milk (it's subtly sweet by itself!)
If Smoothies Are Your Thing, You Might Also Want to Try:
- Pina Colada Smoothie
- Healthy Paleo Friendly Snickers Smoothie
- Detox Green Smoothie
- Healthy Peanut Butter, Banana, and Honey Milkshake
- Paleo Chocolate Smoothie
- Strawberry and Cream Smoothie Bowl
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Balsamic Blueberry Smoothie
- Add all ingredients to a blender in the order listed (so the spinach is at the bottom), and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
- Taste the smoothie before adding any honey because you might find the smoothie sweet enough without it.
- Instead of water, almond "milk" is also delicious here.
- To bump up the protein, add 1 scoop of your favorite unflavored protein powder, ½ cup cottage cheese, or 1 to 2 pasteurized eggs.
This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on June 15, 2015. I updated it with more information on May 18, 2020.
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