Smoothie recipe: Blueberries and Yogurt

As a part of my personal nutrition, I've been really trying to focus on whole, organic foods. I haven't taken the paleo route, but that's mostly because I'm a sucker for refined carbs. I love pizza, garlic bread, and pasta. I know that there are more "whole" alternatives, but frankly, I do not like eating them.

A particular focus of mine has been to increase my intake of fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fruits, and vegetables. After a bunch of reading, I realized I could improve in each of those areas by ditching Myoplex in favor of handmade smoothies and shakes. (I'm still working on my vegetable problem.)

Last night, I stumbled onto something incredibly delicious and incredibly simple. The recipe is below with the specific brands I used in parentheses. Rather than give it a fancy name, I'm simply calling it Blueberries and Yogurt.

The Greek yogurt tends to stick to the walls of the blender, so I typically blend until there's no sign of it on the walls.

This will produce about 12 oz of smoothie at approximately 300 calories, 18g protein, 7g dietary fiber, and 2g+ Omega-3 fatty acids, along with the yogurt's probiotic cultures.

Obviously, this isn't a perfect shake, but it's definitely very tasty. This recipe is very easy to play with, too. A single serving of your choice of protein powder - I recommend vanilla or a neutral flavor - will boost both the calories and protein. Another 1/2 cup of blueberries will provide extra fiber and antioxidants. Another 1/2 Tbsp of flaxseed will boost both Omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber.

As I discover new combinations of fruits, berries, and flavors that work together, I will post new entries.