Blueberries have a rather short growing season so when they do ripen, they do it all at once. The best way to preserve blueberries is to freeze them. The freezing process does not hinder the amount of antioxidants within the berries. Freezing fruit also allows for easy smoothie additions. Ever since I can remember, we have always had blueberry bushes. Although I only enjoyed berries inside muffins or cakes back then, I still had a certain appreciation for them. Now, on the other hand, I just cannot get enough of these nutritious berries. I find myself adding blueberries to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, desserts and more!
Packed with antioxidants and bursting with color, blueberries have been a popular fruit for ages. Being native to North America and Europe blueberries are the second most popular berry behind strawberries! Recent studies have shown that blueberries may provide benefits for the brain, nervous system and memory. Blueberries are also thought to help slow the process of aging!
I only eat tofu on occasion, but when I do it is most likely in the form of a smoothie! While tofu might seem like an odd addition for your morning blend, it truly does add something unique in of itself. Tofu provides a cheesecake-like taste while also serving as a thickening agent. Additionally, tofu adds a substantial amount of protein and vitamin D. Recent studies have found that tofu, in moderation, might help balance hormones, therefore healing hot flashes. I usually try to buy sprouted tofu since it is much easier for the body to digest. You also want to stay away from processed soy products since they will not provide the benefits stated above, but more likely reverse them.
Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie
1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
3/4 cup fresh blueberries*
1/4 block firm sprouted tofu*
1 cup crushed ice
1/3 - 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid for desired thickness (I like mine thick)! Garnish with fresh blueberries and mint, enjoy!
*You may also use frozen blueberries but I would add in a little bit more liquid to compensate.
*If you do not like to eat tofu, try adding about 2 tbs coconut butter instead. The outcome may not be as thick, but delicious none the less!