Wild blueberry Ginger Kombucha Smoothie - Refreshing, Delicious Smoothie that is ready for you in 5 minutes or less!!
I wasn't kidding when I said I am all about grab n' go breakfast these days. Like really, how do people have time for anything in the morning? No matter how early I get up, I am always rushing like a crazy lady with food in my hand. Most mornings, I talk to my parents so I prefer my breakfast to be portable and the best part - my glass fits perfectly in a cup holder. Can you tell that I have perfected my breakfast on the go situation? I loosely follow my smoothie guide and vary my fruits and base depending upon what I have + what I am craving that morning...or sometimes I will put on my creative hat and make a Wild Blueberry Ginger Kombucha Smoothie. Just as the title suggests, it is made with frozen wild blueberries, banana for the texture, small knob of ginger, and kombucha as the base! It's naturally gluten-free, vegan, refreshing, delicious, and everything you want your smoothie to be.
Frozen fruits are my go to when it comes to smoothies because it is convenient and equally nutritious as the fresh ones. I am using frozen wildberries as the main fruit (duh, it's a wildberry smoothie), which has intense blueberry flavor and twice the amount of antioxidants compared to regular blueberries. Wildberries have that rich, blue color due to antioxidants called flavonoids. They have the ability to neutralize free radicals and help prevent cell damage. Antioxidants also known to protect against inflammation which are the root cause for many diseases.
Wild blueberries are comparatively smaller (pea-sized) and are found all year in the frozen section of your supermarket. Make sure to look for "wild blueberries"; I found mine at Sprouts along with other frozen fruits.
Can we take a minute and talk about kombucha please? Kombucha is a fermented beverage made with tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast (what is commonly referred as SCOBY). Fermented foods contain gut-friendly bacteria or probiotics that helps in digestion and boost one's immune system. Kombucha has been around for centuries in Asia and Europe but lately, it is being drunk as a 'miracle' drink to cure everything from digestive health to better pancreatic function. The scientific evidence on kombucha is very limited at this time. However, if you like the fizzy, tart taste of kombucha, there is no harm in making it part of your life. You can drink commercially made kombucha or make it at home like me. Just exercise caution if you are making it home because you are playing with bacteria, yeast, and risking contamination.
If you have a compromised immune system or are pregnant, check with your physician before drinking kombucha as a safety measure. If you don't like kombucha, feel free to replace it with water in your smoothie, no big deal. You can get your probiotics via yogurt, kefir, saurkraut, and kimchi.
Banana is used mainly for the thick/creamy texture but you can't taste it at all. And fresh ginger - it compliments berries very well and please use the fresh, grated stuff. Besides being delicious, ginger is known to help relieve upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and motion sickness. My clock says 6:15 am, which means I should
be in the shower now. But I am here sharing my love for Wild blueberry Ginger Kombucha Smoothie because this stuff is good to taste, has lots of health benefits, and adds a variety to your breakfast routine. Hope you will give it a try soon and share it on social media using #foodpleasureandhealth.
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- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1 banana
- ½ cup kombucha (I used plain, homemade)
- 1 small knob of ginger, grated
- In a blender, add all of the above ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”