This Cottage Cheese Wild Blueberry Snack Smoothie contains only 3 ingredients and is the perfect filling snack or a healthy addition to any meal!
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.
A month or so ago my blogger friend and fellow dietitian Kara reached out to me to let me know about the Wild Blueberry Association Of North America’s Wild Your Smoothie contest.
At the time I was thinking “but it’s the winter and I’m cold”, but my absolute love of blueberries took over and I immediately replied yes! Fast forward a month and it’s now consistently reaching 80 degrees here, I’m definitely not cold anymore and I’m absolutely ready for a refreshing smoothie!
What Makes Wild Blueberries Special?
I have to admit something, I was tempted to purchase regular organic blueberries instead of using the wild blueberries. At the grocery stores, I regular do my grocery shopping at, the wild blueberries were about a dollar more expensive.
However, I wanted to try them at least once to see if they were worth the extra dollar. Spoiler alert, they totally were! I found out that they were bursting with more flavor than any conventional or even organic blueberries I’ve ever had, so that was definitely a win for the wild blueberries.
The thing that really sold me though was their size, the package was filled with what seemed like a billion tiny round berries. Sort of like using mini chocolate chips in a recipe, the smaller berries are able to cover more ground in a recipe and therefore pack in more flavor. If you think about it, their natural smaller size makes total sense.
Conventional produce is carefully picked to produce the most eye-pleasing (usually biggest) product, which doesn’t always equate to the best taste. Wild blueberries are not planted, they are actually found growing totally naturally in Maine and Canada!
Did you know that 99% of the crop is immediately frozen to help them retain the maximal antioxidant and nutrient content? Awesome news since wild blueberries can have up to 2x the amount of fiber and 2x the amount of antioxidants as conventional blueberries (that’s totally worth the extra dollar to me!) After making this smoothie I also used them in pancakes and yesterday’s oatmeal which was totally delicious, but back to this smoothie which was my first wild blueberry win!
It was one of those I’m hungry now moments when I came up with it, I love the combination of creamy cottage cheese and sweet blueberries (as you might have noticed) so I figured a smoothie combining the two would be super refreshing and satisfying.
I was right, it was perfect! Have I mentioned I drank it at least four times since then right? It isn’t the most complex fancy recipe in the world, but it’s Kelli style: quick, easy, delicious, filling and nutrient packed. Hope you enjoy and let me know if you try it!
Wild Blueberry Protein Smoothie
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Blend and enjoy!