Recipe by Triad to Wellness Consulting – Photo Courtesy of Kristen Massad
With the right ingredients, smoothies can be the ultimate nutritious meal or snack in a glass. But when the wrong foods are blended into liquid form, they can be filled with unhealthy refined sugars and artificial junk.Our Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie recipe uses only nutrient-dense, whole foods and no added sugar! We love using cottage cheese as the base for our smoothie because it is high in protein and calcium and has a relatively neutral taste when paired with our favorite complementary fruits–banana and blueberries. Bananas add an extra creamy consistency to our recipe and play a key role in improving the absorption of calcium in each delicious sip. And we can’t beat the naturally sweet flavor combination of potassium-filled banana and antioxidant-rich blueberry, plus the warming spice of cinnamon that adds an extra layer of sweetness and health benefits. When blended together, our recipe ingredients create a creamy texture with a thick, dense consistency. Treat yourself to a slice of your favorite blueberry cheesecake, blended in a “sip-able” smoothie form!
Nutrient Booster: Blueberries
While blueberries may add delicious flavor and bright color to our recipe, we especially love them because they provide an excellent source of several vitamins, beneficial plant compounds, antioxidants, and they are teeming with nutritional properties. Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels among all common fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants help the body fight off free radicals that can damage cells and contribute to aging and disease, including cancer and heart disease. These berries are also an excellent source of fiber, which is key for healthy digestion. Including blueberries in a daily diet may help lower blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity, and boost brain health. Blueberries are a deliciously healthy topping for waffles, pancakes, yogurt, and oatmeal. They can be folded into baked goods or blended into smoothies for an extra boost of nutrition.
Build Your Own
Whether you are making a nutrient-dense meal or a protein-packed post-workout snack, there is no limit to the flavor combinations you can create for completely customizable smoothies. Include a variety of fruits and vegetables and experiment with your favorites–fresh, frozen, or raw. Vary your elements of cream with avocado, nut butters, silken tofu, or yogurt. Feeling fruity? Try mango or pineapple for refreshing flavor or pumpkin for extra richness. Feeling green? Consider spinach, romaine, kale, or collards. Want to make it vegan? Use plant-based yogurt and plant-based milks. Looking for an extra protein boost? Mix in chia seeds, hemp seeds, SuperSeedz pumpkin seeds, or flax. Smoothie ideas are endless; ingredient choices are only limited by your imagination.
Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 medium banana
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries
- 1 cup 2% milk, or milk of choice
- 1 whole graham cracker, 4 squares, crumbled
- Place all ingredients except for the graham crackers in a blender container and cover. Blend on High for about 30 to 45 seconds or until smooth.
- Place graham crackers on the bottom of each serving glass. Pour the smoothie mixture over the crackers and enjoy!