Tuesday, January 20, 2015

{Healthy Recipe} Blueberry Orange Smoothie #IC #LittleChanges #sponsored

Happy New Year! What healthier goals and resolutions have you made for 2015? Are you going to focus on healthier eating? If so do you have a plan? What little changes have you already made this year? For almost 3 years I have been on a healthier lifestyle journey. I have learned over the years that you have to take it step-by-step and not rush change. Change is something that takes time and if you start today, you'll have a lifetime to create a new healthy lifestyle. I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

One little change that I have made in my healthier lifestyle journey is to eat fruit instead of processed sugar laden foods. One fruit I love would be the delicious, plump, little blueberry that is found year round in my local market. I recently learned that the domestic blueberry season runs from April to September and then they are imported from Chile, Peru and Argentina. We will buy fresh, freeze-dried, and frozen depending on what we are making. These little bush dwelling fruits can be enjoyed by the handful and popped right into the mouth or tossed into a large glass of water. 

My little changes have added up to 100 pounds off my body which includes healthy eating and healthy exercises. These changes have been for me and for my family. They also exercise and eat healthy. So yes, they also love blueberries. We snack on them, cook with them and even blend them in with our healthy morning smoothies. They are also enjoy in with whole grain pancakes and waffles. 

By adding in more blueberries to our daily meals we have
  • less unwanted calories
  • less processed sugar products
  • 80 natural calories per serving (one cup)
  • daily recommended intake of fiber with 3.6 grams
  • added vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese

Blueberry Orange Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

8 oz. almond and/or coconut milk (or combo of the two)
1 cup of blueberries
1 small orange
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup of ice
1 cup of water
1 tsp coconut extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp flax seed or chia seeds

Directions

Add the above ingredients as listed above in a blender. Run on smoothie mode. Drink up!

Kitchen notes

If you are using the 21 Day Fix eating plan then this smoothie counts as 1 Red, 1 Green, 2 Purple, 1 Yellow swap out, 1 Orange

Did you know that the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is hosting a sweepstakes through which you can enter to win a trip for two to LA for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge alongside actress, author and TV host Alison Sweeney. There will also be runner up prizes which include four $500 Whole Foods or Lululemon gift cards for a refreshed pantry or workout wardrobe. 

The theme is Choose little, win BIG! The sweepstakes closes February 16, 2015. 

Click on over and enter the sweepstakes HERE

More Blueberry Recipes

Blueberry Peach Basil Iced Tea
Blueberry Orange Lime Jam

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