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The 7 Best Berries For Smoothies

Whether you buy them fresh or frozen, berries are pretty much the bees knees when it comes to smoothie ingredients.  They add flavor, color, and a ton of great vitamins and minerals. Here are our picks for the seven best berries to add to your smoothies.

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Blueberries

Health Benefits

Providing more antioxidants than almost any other food in the American diet, blueberries have a whole host of health benefits. High in vitamin K, manganese and vitamin C, blueberries also contain anthocyanins – powerful antioxidants that are responsible for giving them their blue color.

A few studies have shown that daily consumption of blueberries may help with overtaxed muscles (via their antioxidants), as well as improved nervous system function. Eating around two cups a day of blueberries was also shown to help with memory, specifically in older adults. There are also distinct cardiovascular and blood sugar benefits to blueberries (like most berries, they rank relatively low on the glycemic index scale).

Taste

Ripe blueberries are earthy sweet with just a hint of tart. Slightly less ripe (and therefore more tart) blueberries are good for baking, as they have a most distinct taste.

Best Blended With

Blueberries go great with citrus, spices, and oats (think of all the ingredients in a blueberry pie!)

A few great blueberry smoothie recipes include Blueberry Orange Muffin and Avocado Blueberry Bliss.

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Raspberries

Health Benefits

Extremely high in vitamin C, manganese and fiber, these berries also contain tiliroside and raspberry keytone, two compounds that have been studied specifically in terms of how they effect weight loss and blood sugar. According to research, raspberry keytone can “increase metabolism in our fat cells,” which may  help the body use stored fat in a more efficient manner, and tiliroside may help with blood sugar regulation.

They may be small, but raspberries are potent cancer fighters, providing antioxidants and “anti-inflammatory nutrients” that lower the risk of cancer formation.

Taste

Ripe raspberries are very sweet, but because they’re extremely perishable, they shouldn’t be washed until you’re ready to use them.

Best Blended With

Citrus, apples, spicy ingredients (like jalapeno and cayenne) and leafy greens.

A few great raspberry smoothies include Spicy Raspberry Ratatouille,  Chocolate Raspberry Tart and Raspberry Rhubarb Coconut Spritzer.

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Blackberries

Health Benefits

High in bioflavonoids and vitamin C, blackberries are also very low in calories, making them an excellent snack option. Like blueberries, their dark blue / purple color means they’re loaded with antioxidants, and there have been studies that show they help with everything from keeping your skin beautiful to keeping your memory sharp.

Blackberries are also known to ease both digestive and gum inflammation, as well as possibly help with irregular periods.

Taste

Ripe blackberries are extremely sweet and tart at the same time, providing an awesome sensation.

Best Blended With

Citrus, beets, leafy greens, oats, nuts and avocado.

Get your blackberry fix with this Blackberry Spice And Everything Rice smoothie and this My Heart Skips A Beet smoothie.

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Cranberries

Health Benefits

Cranberries are full of vitamin C and fiber, but they’re perhaps best known for their ability to help prevent and treat UTI infections. The proanthocyanidins (PACs) in cranberries make it hard for bacteria to stick to the urinary track walls, lessening the bacteria’s ability to cause an infection.

Cranberries are also known for their anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as being potent cardiovascular aids.

Taste

Fresh cranberries provide the most health benefits, but they’re notoriously tart. Unsweetened cranberry juice can be diluted with water, and whole cranberries can be blended into smoothies to make them easier to consume.

Best Blended With

Sweet fruits, ginger, cinnamon, and leafy greens.

Get your cranberry kicks with smoothies like Cranberry Apple Amla, Calming Cranberry Beet, and Ginger Cranberry.

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Goji Berries

Health Benefits

Also known as wolfberries, goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine and cooking for centuries. High in potassium, calcium, iron, vitamin C and zinc, goji has been proven to have a hypoglycaemic effect, helping with blood sugar spikes and diabetes. Goji has also been studied in relation to the lowering of bad cholesterol.

In addition to its antioxidant prowess, a small study found that “overall health” (including digestion, stress and fatigue) was increased by the daily consumption of goji berry juice.

Taste

Dried goji is slightly bitter, with a berry aftertaste. Rinsing them or soaking them in water plumps them up a bit and eases the bitterness.

Best Blended With

Berries, citrus, carrots, beets and tropical flavors.

Go goji crazy with smoothies like Tropical Carrot, Omega Om and Pineapple Goji Berry.

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Mulberries

Health Benefits

One of the few fruits that contain protein, mulberries also contain vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber. Mulberries are full of antioxidants as well, specifically the antioxidant resveratrol, which has been studied as having positive effects on “age and longevity.”

Mulberries have been used to treat redness and swelling in traditional Chinese medicine,  and there is budding evidence that this berry may be a “cognitive enhancer.”

Taste

Mulberries have a mild, sweet flavor. Dried mulberries are even milder.

Best Blended With

Because their taste is usually so mild, they blend well with most ingredients, but especially sweet potatoes, citrus fruits and other berries.

A few delicious mulberry smoothies include Sweet MulberryCardamom Peach and The Four Leaf Clover.

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Strawberries

Health Benefits

Incredibly high in vitamin C, strawberries also have a good dose of fiber and manganese. Because of their unusually large amounts of vitamin C, strawberries are a big cardiovascular helper, lowering bad cholesterol and blood pressure. They’ve also been studied for their ability to help lower blood sugar.

The anti-inflammatory properties of strawberries, combined with their antioxidants and high vitamin C content place them at the top of the list of natural cancer fighters.

Taste

Ripe strawberries are very sweet — although don’t expect the huge ones you see in grocery stores all year long to be as sweet as the slightly smaller ones that arrive during strawberry season (early to mid summer).

Best Blended With

Bananas, citrus, spinach and nuts.

Go strawberry crazy with smoothie recipes like Strawberry Custard, Banana Pancakes, and Watermelon Strawberry Lime Cooler.

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