Blueberry Ginger Smoothie

I love ginger– and I love blueberries, so I decided to blend them together. Ginger– and spices in general–are underused in the American diet, but have so many powerful components. Just a pinch of these spices to your meal and you can boost anti-oxidant levels of your meal through the roof. 

Anyway, I made this smoothie when I was exploring other ways to use fresh ginger root when I was experiencing some painful menstrual cramps. I can handle straight-up ginger water, but I know a lot of people in my life who you not even give it a chance. So I decided to play around in the kitchen– and created this smoothie. 

Blueberry Ginger Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup blueberries (frozen works well)
  2. 1 ripe banana (frozen works well)
  3. 1-2 cups greens (e.g. kale, spinach, my friends in Haiti-- use moringa!)
  4. 1 Tbsp ground flax
  5. 1-2 inch slice of fresh ginger
  6. 1 cup water
  7. 1/4 cup nuts or seeds of choice or 2 Tablespoons nut/ seed butter.
  8. ice (optional)
  9. Coconut flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Wash the ginger, greens, and fruit. Using a knife, peel of the skin on the ginger.
  2. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Top with coconut flakes, blueberries, and fennel seeds.
Notes
  1. For more of a black licorice taste, add 1-2 tsp of fennel seeds! Trust me, it's good. You could also add in a pitted date if you need to sweeten the smoothie a bit more.
Kristina DeMuth http://stonebreakerswebgroup.com/