Saturdays at the farmers markets in Northern Virginia continue to offer quite the bounty. And if you were enthusiastic about berries this year, we hope you are taking the time to freeze some to enjoy the rest of the season TIP: to keep berries from sticking together in the freezer, freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet before bagging.
Northern Virginia is home to many farmers who produce both berries and beets, as well as apiaries that produce beautiful, golden honey. Thanks to the mix of protein rich dairy and the fiber of beets and blueberries, this smoothie is incredibly satisfying and filling. While there are no NoVA banana producers, we couldn’t help but add this essential smoothie ingredient to the mix for an extra creamy consistency.
• 1/2 cup Greek/strained yogurt (we recommend Blue Ridge Dairy)
• 2 teaspoons honey
• 1 small beet, cooked and peeled
• 1 cup frozen blueberries
• 1/2 frozen banana
• 1/4-1/2 cup milk (as needed)
Photos and content by Carlene Thomas RDN, LD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living