(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week’s Meat-Free Monday, kick off your 4th of July holiday with a patriotic potable! This red, white, and blueberry smoothie perfectly blends together fresh summer flavors like ripe raspberry, acai, blueberry, fresh strawberry, and coconut banana cream. What a yummy way to celebrate red, white, and blue! — Global Animal

Red, White, & Blueberry Smoothie. Photo Credit: lunchboxbunch.com

Red, White, & Blueberry Smoothie

Yield: 2-4 smoothies

Ingredients:

Red Layer:

  • 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2 fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup coconut water ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1 Tbsp agave syrup

Blue Layer:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup acai juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut water ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries

White Layer:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1 Tbsp agave syrup
  • 3 Tbsp fine flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup coconut water ice cubes

Garnish:

  • 5 strawberries, sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • pinches of coconut flakes

Directions:

  • First chill your serving glasses in the freezer.
  • Cold glasses will help the layers stay separated better.
  • First blend up the red layer.
  • Add all the ingredients, but blend the fresh strawberries in last.
  • Place the red smoothie into a container and place in freezer until needed.
  • Next, blend up all the blue ingredients.
  • Again, always blend the fresh fruit in last.
  • Pour it into a separate container and place in freezer.
  • Next, wash out your blender very well to create your white layer.
  • Add all the white layer ingredients and blend until frothy and smooth.
  • For a fluffier, icier white layer add more ice.

Assembly:

  • Now you can remove the red and blue layers from the freezer, as well as your frosted glasses and begin assembling the smoothies.
  • Place enough red smoothie in each glass to fill 1/3 of the glass.
  • On top of the red layer, place one thinly sliced strawberry round.
  • Next, pour another 1/3 full amount of blue smoothie mix in each glass.
  • Next, add 4-5 fresh blueberries on top of the blue layer.
  • Next, spoon the white layer smoothie into the glass until it is filled to the brim.
  • Garnish: Place a sprinkling of coconut, one blueberry and one strawberry slice in each glass.
  • Serve with clear straws and enjoy!

Tips:

*The raspberry smoothie should blend up the thickest, aka heaviest. That is why it goes on the bottom. The white layer is the fluffiest and the blue is in between.
*If you don’t have coconut water ice cubes, use regular ice cubes, but you may want to add an additional drop of agave in each blend and even a very small pinch of sea salt.
*You can add some plain yogurt to either the raspberry or white layer-a nice healthy addition.
*To get a bolder ed or blue color, use more of the fresh strawberries and blueberries. The tiny specks of fresh fruit bring out tru red and blue colors!

Recipe Courtesy of Lunch Box Bunch

More Lunch Box Bunch: http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2009/07/red-white-and-blueberry-smoothie.html

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