Buying home-grown produce that is in season is the best way to enjoy deliciously fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables.  Because it didn’t have to travel very far to get to your table there are many added benefits, such as 1) there is less nutrient loss, 2) there is less of a chance of food becoming exposed to hazards, 3) there is less of an environmental footprint,  4) you are supporting local growers, 5) supporting local growers will help ensure they keep growing and may inspire others to grow, and 6) if more people grow food our local food supply becomes more stable because we don’t have to rely on others.

It’s Easter and although April is not exactly growing season here in NL, it is a time to start thinking about growing.  And anytime is a great time to enjoy the abundance of fruit that may have been picked fresh and frozen last year, such as NL’s beautiful blueberries.  If you do not have blueberries in your own freezer, a quick search just might reveal local suppliers in your area.

Here is a deliciously light-flavoured and nutritious blueberry smoothie my kids and I made with our frozen blueberries.  Happy Easter!

Blueberry Bunny Smoothie

Yield: 1 ½ cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup local frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender.
  2. To create an environmentally friendly and festive Easter cup, use a black washable marker to draw eyes, whiskers, and a mouth on a reusable cup. Add a colourful sticker for a nose.  Place two reusable straws in the cup for ears.
  3. Pour the smoothie into the decorated cup.
  4. Enjoy!

Lori Warford-Woolgar, MSc, RD is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.