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In the kitchen with Kelley: Blackberry smoothie

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When I was very young, my parents bought my great-grandfather’s farm. On the property were three ponds, a spring, an old barn, a cabin, pastures and woods. My parents didn’t actually use the farm for farming. But we spent many a weekend there hiking, fishing and exploring. In the winter, that’s where we went to search for the perfect cedar tree to chop down and decorate for Christmas. In the summer, that’s where we picked blackberries.

To this day, the smell of cedar reminds me of Christmas. Similarly, the taste of blackberries brings fond summer memories to mind. So when blackberries are in season, I buy lots and lots at the local farmer’s market. For this recipe, frozen blackberries would work as well.

In addition to being delicious, blackberries are quite good for you. They are rich in bioflavonoids and vitamin C, and they have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits.

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