watermelon, cherry, wild blueberry smoothie

My Favorite Smoothie + FREE Green Smoothie Challenge!

Out of all the Wild Blueberry smoothies I’ve made (and let me tell you, I’ve made A LOT) this one is my favorite. It’s tangy. It’s sweet. And it’s super refreshing. It’s one of those smoothies you crave on a warm summer day.

Watermelon, Cherry and Wild Blueberry Smoothie

Wild Blueberries are a staple in our house, but watermelon and frozen cherries are my go-to fruits for smoothies. If you’re not on the smoothie train yet, but totally want a ticket to ride, I’d love to invite you to join my 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge — where you can enjoy a new and delicious smoothie every day!

Why green smoothies, you ask? I love green smoothies because they’re a quick and easy way to get lots of plant goodness into your body. It takes almost no effort to pack your smoothie with nutritious ingredients, and they’re great for taking on the go when you’re in a rush or don’t have time to cook a decent meal.

Smoothies are also the perfect stepping stone into healthy eating, especially if you want to begin eating healthier, but don’t know where to start. This one simple change to your daily routine can make a huge difference in how you feel — without the need for fancy, hard-to-find ingredients or hours spent in the kitchen. Your daily infusion of liquid green goodness is sure to inspire the rest of your meals, too.

How does the smoothie challenge work? You’ll get a downloadable cookbook with 7 days of green smoothie recipes. You’ll also get how-to tips for building an amazing green smoothie and a shopping list for getting prepped for the 7-day challenge.  You can get the kiddos on board, too! Seven additional kid-friendly recipes are included, with fun names and simple ingredients, these smoothies are sure to please all the little ones in your house.

The best part of the challenge is the fun we have in my Fearless Cooking Facebook group. There you’ll find inspiration, motivation, and GIVEAWAYS on every day of the challenge! What’s not to love?

CLICK HERE to join the FREE Challenge today! We start August 21, 2017.

If you’re too eager to wait for the challenge to start on August 21st to slurp up your first green smoothie (I understand if you are – I can hardly wait!) then I’ve got you covered with my favorite Wild Blueberry smoothie recipe. It’s a great way to kick off the challenge!

watermelon, cherry, wild blueberry smoothie

Wild Blueberry Watermelon Smoothie

Wild Blueberry Watermelon Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen fresh Wild Blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen tart cherries
  • 2 wedges fresh watermelon
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh mint
  • 3-4 oz. coconut water

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.
http://foodconfidence.com/2017/08/17/watermelon-cherry-wild-blueberry-smoothie/

Looking for more of my Wild Blueberry smoothie recipes? Many of mine are here.  For breakfast try any of these Wild Blueberry delights: Belgian Waffles, Skillet Pancakes, Crumb Cake and Banana Bread. And don’t forget my wildly popular raw Wild Blueberry Energy Bites.


7-day green smoothie challenge

Red, White and Blue Layered Smoothie

I’ve got a fun and festive recipe for you today, courtesy of my friends over at Wild Blueberries – a Red White and Blue Layered Smoothie! I love any holiday that gives me an excuse to make fun food, and the Fourth of July is no different. Come to my house for a July 4th celebration and you’ll probably be eating nothing but red, white, and blue food. Rather than relying on food coloring to make everything festive, I prefer to stick to the colors mother nature gave us!

This Red White and Blue Layered Smoothie is perfect for celebrating July 4th. Made with all natural colors, it's refreshing, delicious, and so festive!

If you’ve ever tried to create blue food naturally, you probably know you don’t have many options. But Wild Blueberries are as close as you get to a bright blue color, no food coloring required! This beautiful hue is due to anthocyanins, the phytochemicals that give Wild Blueberries their deep purple-blue color and are responsible for many of their antioxidant benefits.

Wild Blueberries are the perfect addition to this fun layered smoothie, not only because of their color, but also because they’re duper delicious! You know I love a good Wild Blueberry smoothie (or chia fresca), and this one is triple the fun. The blue layer is a yummy blueberry-banana-peanut butter smoothie, the white layer is a super creamy layer with bananas and coconut whipped topping, and the red layer is light and fruity with raspberries and cherries. All together you’ve got a gorgeous festive smoothie that you can feel good about serving your guests!

This smoothie is super refreshing, which makes it perfect for serving on July 4th or any other hot summer day. The key to getting beautiful layers is freezing the glasses for a few minutes between layers. That lets each layer firm up a bit before another layer gets poured on top. No need to freeze overnight or anything, just for a few minutes while you wash out the blender and prepare the next layer! The layers look super impressive, but are actually really easy to make – you know I’m all about simple recipes!

If you love Wild Blueberry smoothies as much as I do, I’ve got great news for you! My friends over at Wild Blueberries have put together an awesome giveaway that starts on July 5th:

This summer, stay cool and go WILD with Wild Blueberries. From July 5th – 26th, the folks over at Wild Blueberries is hosting its Wild Blue Summer Sweepstakes and giving away six NutriBullet PROs – the official blender of Wild Blueberries. These high powered blenders are perfect for making delicious smoothies that help us all keep cool all summer long!
 
To enter simply visit this link  from July 5th – July 26th and enter your email address. As a “Thank You,” the folks over at Wild Blueberries have created a Wild Blue Summer Recipe eBook for entering. This recipe book features eight recipes (including a few of my own!) to help you stay cool and healthy this summer! Visit the Wild Blue Summer Contest page to learn more and enter!
 
Click here on July 5th —>  http://www.wildblueberries.com/Wild-Blue-Summer/
 
Red, White and Blue Layered Smoothie

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

    Bottom Layer:
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/3 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  • ½ banana, frozen
  • 1 tsp peanut butter powder
  • ½ tsp honey or few drops liquid stevia
  • Middle Layer:
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • ¼ cup Coconut whipped topping
  • ½ banana, frozen
  • 1 tsp honey or few drops liquid stevia
  • Top Layer:
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup frozen raspberries (or fresh)
  • ¼ cup frozen cherries

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients for first layer in a blender. Blend well and pour into a tall glass.
  2. Place glass upright in the freezer. Wait about 10 minutes.
  3. Clean out blender and prepare second layer. Remove glass from the freezer and pour in second layer. Return glass to freezer.
  4. Clean out blender and prepare third layer. Remove glass from freezer and pour in final layer. Top with more Wild Blueberries.
http://foodconfidence.com/2017/07/04/red-white-and-blue-layered-smoothie/

Wild Blueberry Chia Fresca

You can make agua frescas with just about any fruit (or fruit combination) you like, so of course I turned to my beloved Wild Blueberries. The bright, juicy, and sweet berry makes the perfect base for an agua fresca - and majorly boosts the antioxidant power of your summer drink.

Summer is on its way, and I couldn’t be more excited for all the delicious food that comes along with it. I’m a sucker for grilled corn on the cob, juicy watermelon, and a veggie burger on the grill, but what really gets me excited about summertime? Chia fresca.

I made this recipe in collaboration with my friends over at Wild Blueberries.  I call this drink a chia fresca, but the traditional name is agua fresca, which literally translates to “fresh water.”  Agua frescas are drinks made by blending water, fresh fruit, and a little bit of lime juice and sweetener. I love them because they’re not strained (meaning all the fiber goodness from the fruit stays in there) and they’re not too sweet! As the name suggests, they’re more fruit-infused water than all-out fruit juice.

The chia seed added to the mix amps up the nutrition a notch with a hit of fiber and healthy omega 3 fats. This chia fresca doubles as a tasty snack and a refreshing treat! My blended Chia Fresca with Pineapple and Turmeric is a mainstay on summer afternoons.

You can make agua frescas with just about any fruit (or fruit combination) you like, so of course I turned to my beloved Wild Blueberries. The bright, juicy, and sweet berry makes the perfect base for an agua fresca - and majorly boosts the antioxidant power of your summer drink.

You can make chia fresca with just about any fruit (or fruit combination) you like, so of course I turned to my beloved Wild Blueberries. The bright, juicy naturally sweet wild blueberries make the perfect base for chia fresca and majorly boosts the antioxidant power of this summer drink. They also turn plain water into this amazing blue color!

I love blending Wild Blueberries into smoothies, too, but sometimes I’m just in the mood for a lighter and more refreshing drink, rather than a filling snack or meal. That’s when these chia frescas are absolutely perfect. I won’t say they’re terrible spiked with a little rum, either, but you can make that call on your own. 😉

Wild Blueberry Chia Fresca

Wild Blueberry Chia Fresca

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 12 oz fresh cold filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp honey or few drops liquid stevia

Instructions

  1. Stir chia into water and let sit for 10-20 minutes. Add lime juice and wild blueberries. Sweeten to taste, stir and serve over ice, if desired.
http://foodconfidence.com/2017/05/25/wild-blueberry-chia-fresca/