Here in England the blackberries are ripe and juicy in the hedges, meaning that rather than the usual green smoothie, we tend to have purple smoothies in the autumn.
Apparently when Banjo was a racing dog, he is use to stand with his front paws on the fence of the paddock where they let him run, eating the blackberries off the hedges in the autumn. We haven’t seen him do it since, but if there are blackberries around he’ll give us the ‘give me some please’ look. And with good reason too, because not only are they tangy and tasty but blackberries have many benefits, they are rich in vitamins, minerals, packed with antioxidants and full of fibre. And containing up to 39% of you daily recommended vitamin K allowance, blackberries can help with calcium absorption too, plus one cup of blackberries contains 135mg of Omega 3 fatty acids. So get running to the hedges now before the birds eat all the blackberries, plenty of reasons to add them to your meals.
For you mums, kids love having blackberries added to their porridge and smoothies, it’s great how it turns it all purple!
This morning our purple smoothie included:
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- 2 tablespoons natural Greek yogurt
- 1 plum