blueberry-almond smoothie

One 12-oz smoothie    |   
Prep Time:
5 minutes

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blueberry smoothie

Juice cleanses. Paleo diet. No dairy. No gluten. RDA. FDA. WTF!

It seems to me that the minute you hear something is good for you, another study comes out that says it isn’t. In the long years that I’ve been writing about food, I’ve seen diet advice swing from grapefruit to no fruit, from low fat to all bacon, from no meat to caveman, from the virtues of brown rice to the sins of carbs. I say being healthy is enough to drive a person to drink.

So that’s why today’s recipe is a smoothie. What’s that you say? Smoothies are old school? Gone the way of the cupcake? Baloney. I drink this for breakfast and it gives me energy for hours. That’s because it has protein, carbs, and good fat (from the almonds) in the right balance. And this is a blueprint recipe—you can sub other frozen or fresh fruit for the blueberries (add ice if the fruit is not frozen); use other nuts instead of almonds or add a dash of almond extract instead; choose soy or almond milk instead of protein powder if you don’t do dairy, or add a plop of yogurt if you do. Adapt it to whatever your diet mantra is this week and remember: worrying about food is much more unhealthy than eating it is.


1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 cup frozen organic blueberries
1 medium ripe banana, peeled
1 cup water or lowfat milk
1 scoop protein powder


Put almonds, blueberries, banana (broken into parts), milk, and protein powder in a blender. Whirl until smoothly pureed. Drink immediately (smoothie turns battleship gray as it stands). Garnish with a few frozen blueberries, if desired.