OK, some people call these "smoothies". But, to me, that's not a word. If you've been around here for a while, you know that I'm weird about words and things like that. So, just roll with me, these are blueberry shakes, OK?
I found this recipe in French Women Don't Get Fat. I've been making a batch a day for the last 10 days or so, and both my dearly beloved and I have lost 3 pounds. No other changes, just this blueberry shake for breakfast instead of whatever else we might have had.
12 ounces frozen blueberries (about 2-1/2 cups)
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 cups nonfat milk
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp honey
2-3 tbsp stevia, optional
This is not exactly how the recipe was written, but this is how I make it. Put the blueberries in the blender 20 to 30 minutes before you want your shake. When you're ready, add the remaining ingredients in the order given. Pulse to loosen the blueberries, then blend on low for 30 to 45 seconds. Makes 2 very large shakes.
Note that the book says this will serve 4. But there are only about 400 calories in the entire blender, so I'll have half of that. It's less caloric than almost any breakfast - cereal with milk, eggs and toast, waffles....you get the picture. And it will carry me for 4 or 5 hours without a problem. The original recipe called for lemon juice and cardamom; I deleted those and added almond extract, which I love. I added the stevia because my dearly beloved didn't think it sweet enough with just the honey - remember, this is the man who says he doesn't like sweets! Now, if his shake doesn't arrive within 20 minutes of his being up, he starts to complain: "I'm starving!"