Hello smoothie lovers! 🙋🏻
Here in Finland 🇫🇮, a mix of raspberry and bilberry is often referred to as “kuningatar“, which is the Finnish word for queen. In shops, you can find a number of kuningatar products with the raspberry-bilberry combination, including quark, ice cream, yogurt and kissel. So, last weekend when I enjoyed a wonderful kuningatar ice cream, I decided that my next recipe would be a Finland-inspired kuningatar smoothie.
The name originally comes from Sweden, where a recipe book referred to a jam consisting of bilberry and raspberry as “drottningsylt”, queen(‘s) jam. This was in 1903, more than a century ago.
If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘bilberries’, then you might still be familiar with its North American cousin: the blueberry. Basically, bilberries are European blueberries. The two berries are very similar, but there are some differences. Bilberries grow wild in forests in northern Europe, including Britain, and are usually not cultivated. Their color is dark blue, almost black. In Finland and other northern European countries people go to forests to pick bilberries straight from the bushes. Bilberries are nowadays considered a superfood, thanks to their high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants.
I find bilberries less sweet than the grown North American blueberries. For me, this is a good thing; I like the more acidic taste of the bilberry. Another positive thing with forest-grown bilberries is that they, naturally, are organic. This is probably not the case with the often conspicuously big blueberries…
Anyway, enough of the bilberries already, here’s the recipe for my Finnish Queen Smoothie:
This Finnish smoothie recipe combines two extremely healthy wild berries: the raspberry and the bilberry. Perfect as a vitamin boost in the morning or afternoon, excellent for a nutritious dessert treat.
- 0,5 cup raspberry (fresh or frozen)
- 0,5 cup bilberry (fresh or frozen)
- 1,5 cups natural yogurt (or natural soygurt)
- 1 tbsp honey (liquid)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- 4 tbsp spelt (optional)
Place the ingredients into your blender.
Mix the ingredients.
As you might know, chia seeds are not grown in Finland, so you can leave them out if you want a 100% Finnish experience. Spelt, however, is grown in Finland this day.
Why my Finnish Queen Smoothie is good for you:
- Raspberries contain strong antioxidants, such as Vitamin C. It is also rich in manganese and fiber. Raspberries provide us with anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and studies also suggest that eating raspberries can result in a decreased risk of getting cancer.
- Bilberries, picked wild from the forest, are being marketed, with good reason, as a Nordic superfood. Bilberries are good for preventing diabetes, maintaining good eye health, preventing cancer and can cure diarrhea, nausea and indigestion.
- Yogurt contains active cultures that help people with constipation and diarrhea. The vitamin D and calcium found in most yogurts is beneficial for our bones and may prevent osteoporosis.
If you love these two berries as much as I do, you might want to try other combos using them as well. You can find other recipes where I use raspberry and blueberry on their respective ingredient pages.
|Good amount of dietary fiber (31% of RDA)||High in carbohydrates (20% of RDA)|
|High in protein (28% of RDA)|
|High in calcium (39% of RDA)|
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