This blueberry vanilla smoothie is healthy and delicious, thanks to a special, nutritious secret ingredient.
Even though I’m always scrambling in the mornings and have little time to fuss with kitchen equipment, I have recently jumped back onto the smoothie train.
After sharing this delightfully simple and festive recipe on Amanda’s blog, I’ve restocked my freezer and pantry with fruit and mix-ins galore.
One such purchase being a HUGE bag of blueberries for next-to-nothing at Sam’s Club, hence today’s recipe.
Blueberries are tiny powerhouses, I tell you. They are full of antioxidants (which we health nuts love), and they are incredibly versatile in baked goods and other dishes.
They’re also very low on the Glycemic Index, which is great news if you’re craving something sweet but need to keep your blood sugar in check.
Although I haven’t gotten Bazooka to take a liking to them—yet!—I am pleased to tell you that they also make excellent dog treats.
So obviously blueberries are a big part of today’s recipe, but I’ve also snuck in a non-detectable “secret” ingredient: frozen zucchini.
I got the idea from Erin (check out her secrets to making the perfect smoothie bowl) and can’t believe I have been missing out all this time!
I normally add spinach, but zucchini is the way to go! A small zucchini packs a lot of nutrients (but few calories), and because it’s almost entirely water, it doesn’t alter the flavor at all.
Blueberry Vanilla Smoothie
serves 1 (generously)
- 1 small (or half a large) zucchini, chopped and frozen
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- 1 Tbsp hemp hearts
- 6-8 oz of milk (I used almond) + water (to achieve desired consistency)
- optional: cinnamon, to taste
- Add all of your ingredients to your blender. Blend on medium until smooth. If needed, add a splash more milk (or water) to achieve desired consistency.
- Pour into a glass and drink up!
If you want to get fancy (and have time to savor your concoction), pour the smoothie into a bowl and add whatever toppings you desire. I love granola (like this lightly sweet, gluten-free No Nutty Chocolate Chip Granola from Blissful Eats) and extra blueberries.Want to know the secret ingredient? Take a look at this healthy, vibrant blueberry smoothie #recipe. Click To Tweet
- What’s your favorite blueberry recipe?
- Have you ever added zucchini to your smoothies?
- Drinkable smoothie or smoothie bowl?