This beautiful Wild Blue Hawaiian Smoothie beckons to the tropics, but it’s a far cry from the neon blue cocktail. The color is natural, the flavors taste fresh, and it’s packed with nutrition. Plus, you can enjoy it year round thanks to the use of wild blueberries!
Why We’re Going Wild
Cultivated blueberries may be heading out of season, but my newest obsession, wild blueberries, can be enjoyed any time of year. They are almost always frozen (within 24 hours of picking!) to preserve their delicate flavors and nutrient density.
Tony and I recently had the opportunity to go to Maine during the height of wild blueberry picking season. It was an eye-opener for me, not only in terms of blueberries, but our food supply and food processing in general. We toured wild blueberry barrens, visited the Wyman’s of Maine facility, and learned more about those little purple wonders than I would have imagined. Here are just a few reasons why we’re now going wild:
They Really are WILD!
Wild blueberries can’t simply be planted. They grow wild and only in certain regions (Maine and eastern Canada) with an underground root system that takes decades to establish.
They’re Low to No Pesticides
Certified organic wild blueberries are harder to find because the farms are smaller and the certification process can prove too difficult. But one wild blueberry farmer we spoke with said that wild blueberries aren’t always sprayed. It is only done when absolutely necessary and even then, they use only about 20% of the pesticides used on cultivated blueberries.
They’re Higher in Nutrients
Wild blueberries have double the antioxidant capacity of cultivated blueberries. They’re also insanely rich in manganese (8 times the amount of cultivated blueberries!), which is a must for bone health. Additionally, wild blueberries are higher in fiber and have a good little dose of iron.
They Taste SO MUCH Better
Have you ever bought a pint of cultivated blueberries only to have most of them taste bland and watery? Unfortunately, I’ve had it happen more times than I can count. As you can see with my “in hand” picture below, no two wild blueberries are alike and their flavors vary, too. Some are super sweet, some are tart, but ALL are full of flavor. And together they perform a beautiful symphony that hits all the right notes.
They’re Lower in Sugar
Despite offering more in the flavor department, wild blueberries are considered a low-glycemic food and have 30% less sugar than cultivated blueberries.
20 Timeless Wild Blueberry Smoothie Recipes
To show how packed it is with antioxidants, that potent purple hue shines through in nearly every smoothie that a wild blueberry touches. But it’s super strength doesn’t overpower the taste. Wild blueberries actually compliment a range of flavors. In fact, they pair beautifully with citrus, herbs, spices, chocolate, and more! To prove it, here are 20 easy, healthy, dairy-free recipes for wild blueberry smoothies that you can make throughout the year:
- Wild Blueberry Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie
- Mind Over Matcha Wild Blueberry Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry Pie Smoothie
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie
- Ginger Coconut Wild Blueberry Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry Bliss Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry Limeade Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry Banana Bread Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry Blood Orange and Ginger Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry Banana Hemp Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry Cinnamon Bun Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry Meal Replacement Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry Immune Boosting Tropical Smoothie
- Sunflower Butter Breakfast Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry Cacao Smoothie Bowl
- Wild Blueberry Maple Mint Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry & Mango Protein Smoothie
- Energy Boosting Wild Blueberry Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry Thai Zinger Smoothie
And #21 is our Wild Blue Hawaiian Smoothie recipe below!
Photo credits: Wild Blueberries of North America and Suzanne Madore with Ethos Marketing. And a few are mine!Disclaimer: Tony and I did receive a 3-day trip to Maine to learn about wild blueberries, but were not compensated in any other way. All opinions here are truthful and my own. Consequently, we have switched to buying wild blueberries in our own home.
Special Diet Notes: Wild Blue Hawaiian Smoothie
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.
- Place the Wild Blueberries, coconut milk beverage, pineapple, banana, lime juice, and salt in your blender and puree until smooth
- Taste test for sweetness, and blend in honey or your favorite sweetener, to taste, if desired.