By: Kathy Pierce
Blackberries are quite abundant here in northwestern Wisconsin. Last year Bill and I picked close to 6 gallons, with some of them being as big as our thumbs in our private picking spots! We made lots of jam for family and friends, but packed most of them in quart bags, and then froze them. That made them readily available for one of our favorite breakfasts…SMOOTHIES!
We still have some bags left in our freezer, but we better use them up quickly since blackberry season in Wisconsin is just around the corner. So, stop by for a SMOOTHIE breakfast sometime to help us use them up!
This recipe combines ingredients to make the perfect breakfast; a combination of fruit, protein and carbohydrates. It’s a great drink for recovery too!
This recipe is enough for sharing!
• 1 cup of blackberries (fresh or frozen) You can use strawberries or blueberries too, or a combination of your favorite berries.
• 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
• 1 banana
• 1 cup of milk or orange juice
• I like to add one scoop of Go Easy! Vanilla Protein Shake by Arbonne International.
This shake powder contains more than 20 essential vitamins and minerals, including flaxseed, plus three sources of protein.
Facts about Blackberries:
One cup of blackberries provides 30 percent of your daily fiber and 50 percent of your vitamin c. They also provide almost half of your daily Vitamin K and Manganese. According to Livestrong.com, many processed foods are deficient in manganese, and in small amounts manganese assists the body in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, as well as calcium absorption.