Blueberry, Grape and Banana Smoothie

Blueberry grape banana smoothie 1

I was so delighted to meet my friend QW again. We got to know each other through my Chinese blog. We are of a similar age, and are both open-minded to new cultures and experiences, so we became very good friends almost immediately. When I first met her she was quite depressed because she wanted to go back to Norway but her visa was not approved. She worked in Norway for a year and was fond of the country and she dearly missed her friends there. I was sad for her, but there was nothing we could do. Eventually I encouraged her to move to a big city where she would be happier than living in the small city in the north-west China, where her parents are. She did eventually move and was happy to start a new life.

She was in my area to attend a meeting, so we managed to meet for a brief time in Shanghai, before she flew home. She’s a lovely lady, and we happily chatted about what’s been going on in our lives lately. Knowing that I am a great fan of northern Europe, she brought me a pack of Ragsticks which are a type of flat, dried crackers. We talked about the beautiful cool European summers.

Because there are so many fresh berries this season I am going to make this smoothie featuring fresh organic blueberries. It makes a perfect breakfast along with the Ragsticks and lingonberry jam. The additional açaí berry powder makes it an extraordinarily powerful anti-oxidant drink, which helps keeps you looking and feeling younger. ;) This is my way of celebrating the northern European cool summer while in hot humid Shanghai. :P

I also made some blueberry and grape popsicles. It’s very easy, just drop 4 blueberries into the popsicle molds, fill them with red grape juice and freeze over night. Great to enjoy on a steaming summer day!

Blueberry grape popsicle and ragstick with lingonberry jam

Health Index: 5/5 (everyday food, highly recommended)
Kitchen Gadgets: Blender

Ingredients
¼ cup frozen or fresh blueberries
2 medium sized banana
½ cup red grape juice
½ tsp açaí berry powder (optional)

Instructions
1. Put everything into the blender and blend well.