In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it's the simple things in life that we often treasure the most. During the warm summer months fruit-filled smoothies made with foraged berries and our ocean farmed Organic Sugar Kelp Flakes or Organic Kelp Powder capture our hearts and palates. These sweet but nourishing and antioxidant packed smoothies can be a treat, a filling breakfast that hits the spot giving you energy to start the day, or refueling after a workout.
For good reason, berries are a staple of many healthy diets. We like to think of them as another one of nature’s little powerhouses. Berries, like blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries are small but mighty fruits, often low in calories but high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and only contain natural sugars. Blueberries, in particular, are an excellent source of antioxidants, which help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals.These compounds help reduce inflammation and promote overall well-being. Strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C, which is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system.
What sets this smoothie apart is the addition of kelp, a versatile variety of brown seaweed grown off the coast of Maine that is loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Sugar Kelp, one of Maine’s most prevalent kelps, has an impressive nutritional profile. The star nutrient in kelp is iodine, which is important for maintaining a healthy thyroid. A well-functioning thyroid is essential for metabolism, energy levels, and overall hormone balance. It also contains iron, calcium, and potassium, essential for maintaining strong bones, supporting nerve function, and promoting heart health. Including this nutrient-rich seaweed in our smoothie introduces a unique and beneficial element that complements the berries perfectly, resulting in a harmonious symphony of flavors and nutrients.
The beauty of this summer smoothie lies not only in its simplicity but also in its versatility. You can enjoy it as is, savoring the delightful blend of flavors from the berries and Sugar Kelp. However, for those seeking a heartier option, there are plenty of ways to customize it to your liking.
By adding ingredients like oats, protein powder, or chia and hemp seeds, you can transform this smoothie into a fulfilling meal replacement or a post-workout recovery drink. These additions not only boost its nutritional content but also provide sustained energy and satiety.
Pro tip: If you decide to incorporate more dry ingredients, such as oats or protein powder, make sure to adjust the liquid content accordingly by adding more water, milk, or nut milk. This ensures the perfect consistency and balance of flavors.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Makes: 16 oz cup
- 1 cup of small ice cubes
- 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries (or alternate frozen fruit)
- 1 cup of fresh organic strawberries
- 1 tbsp of Organic Sugar Kelp Flakes or Organic Kelp Powder
- 3 tbsp of chunky peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Dash of nutmeg
Add all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
Adjust ingredients for flavor as needed for personal preference.