heavenly blueberries, a smoothie on the run for one & bon voyage

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Home | 16 Comments

Trust me to exit the building the second the blueberries start doing their thing. As this is my first time growing them, I’ve been watching like a hawk and now I have to go on a damn holiday to Europe for a month…how unfortunate. Lucky for me it will still be a few months till the fruit forms. Lordy, September has been busy. The highlights have been murder and homicide (#lawschoollife) and finally becoming an official volunteer for the fabulous OzHarvest. I did my first food rescue the other day, rescuing 500kg of food which was given directly to people who needed it. So between working, studying, volunteering and gardening, I have been drinking my favourite smoothie on the run more than ever. Next week, however, I am planning on drinking champagne in Champagne.

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Blueberries have a HUGE amount of health benefits due to their huge amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect our bodies from a wide range of illness and disease by neutralising free radicals and aiding the prevention of cell damage. Basically free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that are associated with cancer, heart disease and the effects of aging. Blueberries can boost your heart and eye health, increase your brain power, lower excess blood sugar and make you look younger (thought I’d throw that one in there). A handful a day really does keep the doctor away. So throw a handful in a smoothie. PS: If anyone needs any legal advice with regard to homicide, just leave your question in the comments šŸ™‚

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1 handful of fresh or frozen blueberries
1 ripe, chilled and sliced banana
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
1 handful of natural almonds
1 handful of oats
Almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
Honey to taste

Place all the ingredients in a blender or a jug to stick blend. Add the milk of your choice, some people may like more or less depending on how liquidy you like your smoothies. Whiz it up and enjoy. You can play around with this recipe and replace the blueberries with any other type of fruit.

16 Comments

  1. Tandy I Lavender and Lime
    September 26, 2016

    I wish we had something like OzHarvest here. Enjoy your time in Europe and I hope the weather remains as amazing as it was a week ago.

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    • lostinutensils
      September 26, 2016

      Thanks so much Tandy. OzHarvest is fantastic, we need more organisations like it. Waste prevention, nutrition and food security are issues close to my heart.

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  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    September 26, 2016

    How funny! I am eating blueberries (and cookies) right now! šŸ˜€ And have a wonderful time in Champagne drinking champagne!! šŸ˜€

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    • lostinutensils
      September 26, 2016

      Thanks Lorraine! Blueberries and cookies sounds mighty fine to me šŸ˜„

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  3. emma
    September 26, 2016

    I’m eat blueberries with my oats as we speak, love them so much! To grow them though! I’d love that even more. And I hope you have heaps of fun in Europe, lucky duck šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

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    • lostinutensils
      September 26, 2016

      I just had oats and blueberries for breakfast as well! I’m new to growing them and the variety I have planted are meant to do ok in our Brissie climate. They prefer cooler weather and so do I but at least it will be lovely and cool in Europe!

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  4. Function 9
    September 26, 2016

    Bring on the blueberries! I have never even seen the plant before.

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    • lostinutensils
      September 26, 2016

      It’s amazing that we enjoy so many different fruits and veggies and often have no idea how they are grown or what they look like! We definitely need to connect with our food more šŸ™‚

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  5. sherry MacKay
    September 27, 2016

    i like the sound of your smoothie Jem. funny how i was just mentioning in my latest post about the benefits of goji berries, esp. choc coated ones!:) Have a marvellous time away. I know you will. and i am very envious of your garden and your own blueberries. murder? mm i have a few people in mind.xx

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    • lostinutensils
      September 27, 2016

      Chocolate coated goji berries are the bomb! Thanks for the wishes Sherry. Happy to represent you with any future murder charges lol šŸ˜œ

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  6. Sam Rutherford
    September 27, 2016

    That is so cool that you’re growing blueberries Jem. They are my favourite fruit! Keep us up to date šŸ™‚

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    • lostinutensils
      September 27, 2016

      I will Sam. They are some of my favourites as well šŸ™‚

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  7. Gourmet Getaways
    October 5, 2016

    What a nice story! We have Reap here and I’ve been wanting to volunteer!! You have given me the final push šŸ™‚

    Have a fabulous European holiday. I’m sure it will be worth missing a blueberry or two šŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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  8. e / dig in hobart
    October 26, 2016

    I love blueberries, and briefly considered growing them … but thought this is one crop I will leave to the experts! they are such a treat.

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    • lostinutensils
      October 26, 2016

      I know, blueberries are the best. Growing them, for me, is more of an experiment to see how they go. They’re still going ok at this stage but it is getting really warm here šŸ˜ž

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