Recipes

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

July 23, 2016

I’ve been going over different meal plan strategies on Pinterest. I’m really trying to eat healthy while still eating foods that others in my house can, or will, eat. Remember- we’ve got picky eaters! I’m also trying to hone in on some healthy alternatives to my otherwise unhealthy lifestyle. I know I need to exercise more, and I’m trying to get myself into some better-for-me recipes.

Why am I doing all of this?

It’s part of my weight loss journey! (You can read more about it here)

As I started looking again today for different meal plans, I started reading more about blood type diets. There are people out there who believe that you should eat according to the blood type you have. As I was going over the list of foods that are approved for a Type O, I noticed that most of the foods that I normally consumed are on the “avoid” list. Just about everything that fits my standard diet. And some of my favorites too!

Ever had Tamarind candy? Yeah- it’s candy, but it says to avoid the Tamarind fruit all together! You know what else I’m supposed to avoid- Pork! All types of pork products.

What did I have for lunch today? Bacon.

What about healthy foods? I like berries- I usually eat strawberries. Guess what I should avoid from the berry section? Strawberries.

And for vegetables? Cauliflower.

All of these foods that I normally consume it said did not match up with what was good for my blood type. Now, do I believe all of this stuff? I’m not convinced.

Did it spark my interest? Yes.

Am I going to try it anyway? At this point, I’m trying lots of other things and none of them seem to be working this time- why not try this? And if it doesn’t work- at least I know I ate pretty healthy.

Another thing it says to avoid- wheat. I’m not gluten free, but maybe I shouldn’t be eating as much. Yesterday I carbo-loaded like crazy. I had tons of pasta. Tons of flour. Tons of gluten… I gained a pound.

(I’m not a medical professional. I do not claim to have any medical or dietary/nutrition experience or training and therefore cannot recommend you start any diet without first consulting your doctor) Sorry, just wanted to get that out there!

Some of the foods that I did find were “approved” on this list were blueberries and bananas. And while it says flax seeds, I’m on a chia seed fix right now- so I went for those instead.

Here is what I made:

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

½ cup blueberries
1 small banana
7 or 8 ice cubes
¼ cup of water
1 tbsp chia seeds
Honey- an option for sweetness

Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.

I use a magic bullet so I fill the cup and flip it over- the way I arrange them may be different for your blender. You should keep the ice cubes closest to the blades, the fruit on top of those, and the chia seeds anywhere in between. I always add the liquid last.

If it’s too thin, add more ice cubes. If it’s too thick, add more water.

You can also make this more creamy by switching out the water for any of the following: ¼ cup vanilla ice cream, ¼ cup of yogurt, ¼ cup of milk. Again, optional.

Here is what mine looked like:

Started adding the ingredients

Blueberry Banana Smoothie ingredients

After blending and adding a few extras for garnish.

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

I look forward to hearing how you like it! Leave a comment below!

-Emily

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