If you couldn’t tell from our extensive menu of berry-filled smoothie recipes, we are big proponents of these tasty treats. Not only do they pack a powerful punch in terms of flavor, but from a nutritional standpoint, they are every bit as strong. From antioxidants to vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein, berries may be small but they have got it all!
Our favorite thing about these fruits, however, is that they come in quite the variety. Each one is delicious and nutritious in its own right and we’re here to detail the differences for you.
As one of the most nutrient-dense foods around, we are big fans of blueberries in our smoothies at Green Blender. This small but powerful fruit is one of the most antioxidant rich foods in the world. As if that isn’t enough reason to eat these tasty treats, blueberries are also an excellent source of resveratrol, gallic acid, lutein, vitamins K, C, manganese, and fiber. The antioxidants protect against free radicals and signs of aging and gallic acid keeps your brain in peak condition. The fiber content aids in digestion, keeps you full longer, and may even lower cholesterol. Yep, blueberries have it all, including great taste!
Just like, blueberries, blackberries boast a wealth of nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6, folate, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) and vitamin K (phylloquinone). Mineral wealth of blackberries include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc. Blackberries are also a good source of amino acids and essential dietary fiber. Because of their antioxidant content, these tasty treats help protect agains cancer and harmful free radicals. Blackberries have also been shown to protect your brain from age-related decline, keeping your memory in tip-top shape and cognitive activity fully functioning, thanks to their polyphenol richness. Blackberries are also a heart-healthy fruit with immunity-boosting power. Plus, their fiber content keeps your digestion on track.
A cup of fresh raspberries contains high levels of assorted vitamins and minerals needed for healthy body functions, including a healthy dose of potassium, necessary for maintaining healthy blood pressure; calcium, needed for bone development and growth; and cartenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. This pair of carotinoids can help protect against macular degeneration, and other eye-related disease.
Raspberries really pack a punch in our Chocolate Raspberry Tart Smoothie!
These berries hail from the Amazon and actually comes from a palm. This superfood boasts the highest antioxidant content of any berry. In addition to those free-radical protecting nutrients, acai berries are also an excellent source of fiber, aiding in digestion and helping to lower cholesterol. To help lower cholesterol further, these berries are also rich in fatty acids, which also help to raise good HDL-cholesterol levels, as well as keeping skin looking radiant. As if you needed another reason to add this superfood to your diet, acai berries contain polyphenolic anthocyanin compounds including resveratrol, and pro-anthocyanidin tannins, which are known to have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Acai adds the right amount of antioxidants and flavor to our Katy Berry Smoothie.
Camu Camu Berries
Camu camu is a shrub that grows in swampy or flooded areas of the Amazon rain forests of Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia. Camu camu is one of the richest sources of vitamin C, and this gives the berry its sour taste as well as a hefty boost to the immune system. Like, the other berries on our list, camu camu contains vital antioxidants, fighting inflammation and age-related illnesses, and maintaining youthful skin. This tart berry also offers an excellent source of flavanoids, including catechins and flavanols, which are forms of antioxidants, therefore doubling the anti-aging benefits of this fruit. Camu camu berries also provide an adequate source of protein, various B-vitamins (including B1, B2, and niacin), and trace minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorous, and iron.
We know how cranberries grow, but did you also know that this berry is rich in antioxidants, vitamins C, E, and they are full of fiber? Cranberries also contain polyphenols, which have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. But, perhaps what they are most known for is their ability to prevent UTI’s and that is thanks to their high levels of pro-anthocyanidins. Cranberries also contain vitamin K, manganese, and phytochemicals that give it anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing benefits.
Goji berries hail from China and have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. Because of their high levels of the antioxidants zeathanthin and beta carotene, goji berries have been known to help aid in eyesight. Goji berries are high in iron, protein, vitamins A, C and fiber.
Get your day started right with our Go Go Goji Berry Smoothie!
Maqui Berries are a truly special berry, grown only in the Patagonia Region of Chile and only harvested once a year. And, as with most fruits grown in this region, they are more potent and contain higher antioxidant levels than fruits grown in other parts of the world. Antioxidant compounds, such as the anthocyanins found in fresh maqui berries and maqui powder made from the dried berries, help protect your body from the toxic effects of free radicals.
For a smoothie with this powerful berry try our Cacao Macqui Grape Smoothie.