Spicy Wild Blueberry Cacao Smoothie

Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Have your 2017 nutrition goals been going as planned? Were improving your snacks part of your goals, or should they have been? Do you eat to adequately refuel and recover post-workout? Or, are you following some crazy plan and getting sick of the same foods over and over?

Whether you have or haven’t been feeling satisfied with food lately, I have got a wildly delicious smoothie for you! When it only takes one minute to make, there’s no excuse. 🙂 It also may end up in your rotation on repeat as I have had it 3 times since I perfected it last Friday.

While I did find some decent fresh blueberries on sale at Whole Foods last weekend, winter is the perfect time to amp up nutrient density and produce intake with frozen fruits and veggies. Arguably the most nutrient dense frozen fruit of all? Wild blueberries. I already educated you on the health benefits of wild blueberries versus regular cultivated blueberries with this slow cooker oatmeal recipe, but let’s recap!

  • The most important fact to remember, is the antioxidant content of Wild Blueberries, as they contain twice the antioxidant capacity of regular blueberries, which are pretty antioxidant rich to begin with. Research shows these antioxidants map to a reduction in diabetes and cancer risk and improvements in gut health and brain health.
  • The fact that most (99%) of wild blueberries are frozen at harvest is important as they have their nutrients {and flavor} immediately locked in.
  • The most delicious fact to remember – and you will – is that wild blueberries are oozing with a more intense flavor. You can see the antioxidants and deliciousness bursting right out of the berries topping my smoothie!
  • You can find these bloobs in almost any freezer section, but I got my massive bulk bag at BJ’s Wholesale. I’ve put quite a dent in it as I love to thaw for oats, use in smoothies like this one, and make pancake toppings by reducing in a small saucepan.

This particular recipe is a perfect snack post-workout to recover (just use dairy or soy yogurt) or mid-afternoon to hold you over until dinner. You can even have it for breakfast on-the-go if you add a hard boiled egg on the side.

To be be sure that your smoothie is well balanced, with healthy carbs from the wild blueberries, plus protein and healthy fat, that you are selected the right yogurt. Being dairy free, I always opt for either Nancy’s unsweetened, cultured plain soy yogurt or Kite Hill’s almond milk yogurt. The coconut yogurts out there may taste good, but they have either 1 or zero grams of protein. You’ll be starving an hour later, so check out your nutrition facts panels! If you can tolerate dairy, select a plain yogurt with no artificial additives and you should have adequate protein, too.

Nutritionally speaking, you’re getting another two antioxidant packed ingredients in this recipe, too.

  • Cacao, similar to and visually identical to cocoa powder, is chocolate in it’s most natural form since it is not heated when processed. This retains a slightly higher nutrient content. While a great source of magnesium, the flavonoids in cacao can aid in keeping inflammation down in the body. Cacao’s antioxidants have also been associated in some studies with stress reduction and aiding in blood pressure control.
  • I hope you like a little heat because cayenne powder is an excellent anti-inflammatory, too! The capsaicin in hot peppers is responsible for this health benefit that has been linked to relieving joint pain. As someone with allergies in the fall and winter, I love it’s ability to help clear my sinuses and support the immune system.

The last burst of flavor and texture comes from the unsweetened shredded coconut. I am a huge fan of “eating” my smoothies. When I drink them, I am not as psychologically satisfied, so the coconut adds a satisfying crunch to the texture, keeping me from downing this deliciousness too quickly through a straw! Cheers to satiety, nutrient density, and wildly delicious food!

Do you have a favorite blueberry recipe or way to enjoy them? Share below!

Spicy Wild Blueberry Cacao Smoothie

Makes One Smoothie

  • 1 C wild blueberries
  • 1 6 ounce container plain yogurt (if non-dairy, choose soy or almond to obtain protein)
  • 1/4 C unsweetened vanilla soy or regular dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp cacao
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1 Tbsp shredded unsweetened Coconut
  • Add all ingredients except coconut to a blender and pulse until smooth
  • Pour into a glass or to-go cup and stir in coconut

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