I had no plans to photograph this smoothie – it was completely spontaneous. This is incredibly unlike me. I am a planner in pretty much every aspect of my life, except (as it turns out) with photography and blackberry smoothies. Seems like a good place to start. Plus, this smoothie was so good I had to share it.
One of the reasons that I LOVE summer is because it’s berry season. Yes, berries are available year round, but they taste better in the summer (or maybe I just think they do). Either way, summer is the time to stock up on fresh organic berries.Yep, I am stressing the importance of buying organic – especially when it comes to berries. Do I only buy organic produce? Nope – I’m on a serious budget. However, I do make it a point to buy organic when it comes to EWG’s Dirty Dozen list. Although there are plenty of arguments for and against buying organic produce, I tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to what I put in my body and pesticides shouldn’t be on the menu.
BUDGET TIP: Load up on fresh organic berries (and other fruits) when they are in season – this is when you get the best deals at the grocery store (for example, I purchased 2 pints of these organic blackberries for $4 at Whole Foods). Wash and dry the ones you won’t use in the first few days and throw them in the freezer. That way you can have fresh organic berries year round – without paying the high cost (both monetary and environmental) of buying them out of season.
Why is it so important for berries, in particular, to be organic? Since berries don’t have a hard outer shell (like bananas and avocados), they are much more vulnerable to pests and the pesticides used to kill those pests (and molds etc.) have a much easier time soaking into the flesh of the fruit. As a result, you can’t just easily wash them off when you get home from the market.
Note: this is just personal preference. I am definitely not an expert on the health effects of non-organic foods, but this is the conclusion that I’ve come to after everything that I’ve read.
Now, back to the important stuff…this smoothie. It’s:
+ Full of antioxidants
A creamy, dairy-free blackberry smoothie that is perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack. It’s filled with protein, antioxidants, and good-for-you greens – but you’d never know it! Vegan, gluten-free.
- Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- If you use fresh blackberries or banana (as opposed to frozen) you may want to add a few ice cubes to the blender to make it cold.
- Nutrition facts are an estimate and don’t include optional ingredients.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 245
- Sugar: 7.9
- Carbohydrates: 22.6
- Fiber: 11.2
- Protein: 23.5