Blueberry Cardamom Smoothie

Finding time to blog is hard lately but I just had to get on here to share with you guys my go to smoothie of the moment. I’m obsessed with this thing and it’s been part of my go to breakfast rotation as of late. Seriously, this drink gets me out of bed some mornings, and that’s saying a lot because not much entices me to get out of bed on cold winter mornings (sad reality, haha).

I actually cut back on the amount of smoothies I drink in the winter, and those that i do have I tweak the ingredients, passing on the ice cubes and  including things like warming spices. That is how this amazing smoothie was born. Blueberry and cardamom are the most perfect marriage of flavours and I can’t get over how delicious they are. If you watched my latest youtube video or read my most recent blog post, you’ll know that I’m having a moment with cardamom. Cardamom is great for digestive and cardiovascular support but I think it flies under the radar in comparison to some of the other warming spices like cinnamon and ginger. I’ve had more than one friend ask me what cardamon even is on more than one occasion.

There are plenty of smoothies I make that have all kinds of vegetables, greens and superfoods added to them to bump up the nutritional value. This smoothie just isn’t one of them. I purposefully keep it simple as the flavours are just so perfect and the colour is amazing! Green vegetables, I love you, but I don’t love the swampy colour I am often left with. We all eat with our eyes first, don’t you think?

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How to Recreate:

The great thing about smoothies is the recipes are completely adaptable and open to the individual’s interpretation. No measurement is exact and that is kind of the beauty of making smoothies. And because quality matters, I’ve provided links to my favourite brands where I can.

Base of milk of choice: I use either homemade almond milk or a carrageenan free coconut milk
Banana: fresh or frozen (frozen bananas give such an amazing texture!)
~ 1/2 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries
1 tbsp of cashew butter or coconut butter (or sometimes a bit of both!)
2-3 pods of organic cardamom
healthy sprinkling of organic cinnamon 
1 scoop of vital proteins Collagen Peptides

Pop everything into your blender and blend away! You’ll be left with the vibrant purple colour and amazing creaminess with that perfect flavour combination of the cardamom and blueberries.

I’ve opted for collagen peptides by Vital Proteins as a means to add a bit of protein to my smoothie. With the recent changes my ND has implemented in my diet to help manage my interstitial cystitis, protein powders are no longer an option as I am steering clear of dairy in all forms and grains as well. Plus, am I the only one that things that protein powder masks the flavour of just about everything else and all your smoothies end up tasting the same? Collagen peptides are a highly bioavailable source of protein and are known for their skin and hair benefits as well as the ability to support joints.

The reasons to love this smoothie go beyond that amazing colour and flavour: opting for whole feeds inevitably leads you with a host of benefits: health benefits of blueberries, bananas, cinnamon benefits, cardamom benefits, all the while you will be satiated from the protein and fat additions which really turns this smoothie into a quick and simple meal of its own.

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