If it’s summer, it’s time for blueberries! These low sugar, high fiber fruits (50 blueberries have about two grams of fiber and only seven grams of sugar), are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, thanks to an abundance of vitamins and antioxidants.
One of the most helpful antioxidants in blueberries is gallic acid, a polyphenol that has been shown to help inhibit cancer cells in many studies. Proanthocyanidins and anthocyanins, two additional antioxidants, have both been connected to healthier brain function.
Blueberries also contain a plethora of vitamins including vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin K, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium and beta-carotene.
Because we’re such big fans of these berries (which can be washed and frozen for up to six months in an air-tight container), we use them in our summer recipes quite a bit. If you’re looking for a few ways to use any leftover blueberries you have lying around, try one of the smoothies below!
Smoothie Recipes With Blueberries
Vanilla Almond Blueberry with Silk
Nothing says warm weather quite like blueberries, and when they’re combined with rich, creamy Silk vanilla almond milk, they create a smoothie milkshake that’s the perfect dessert for a summer barbecue! Silk Unsweetened Vanilla almond milk is organic, GMO-free, and an excellent source of calcium. It also contains zero grams of sugar per serving. Blueberries are low in sugar as well, and contain proanthocyanidins, potent antioxidants that have been connected to prolonged, healthier brain function. Banana is rich in potassium and magnesium, maqui berry is an antioxidant powerhouse, and zucchini is rich in B vitamins. Toast to the summer with this sweet, refreshing snack!
Blueberry Banana Oatmeal
It’s still a bit too hot to send the kids off to school (or yourself off to work) with a bowl of healthy oatmeal, so we’ve created the next best thing -- a nutrient-dense smoothie with all the cholesterol-lowering benefits of rolled oats, the healthy brain and skin benefits of blueberries, the potassium and magnesium of banana, the good fats and vitamin E of walnuts, the fiber of lucuma (a natural sweetener), and the vitamins A and C of collard greens. Not only will this drink keep you satisfied like oatmeal, you can throw it together in under five minutes, and you’ll get a few servings of fruit and vegetables to boot!
A mini vacation in a glass, this low sugar smoothie starts with zucchini as a base, which is a great source of vitamins C and A, as well as magnesium. When you combine zucchini’s light flavor with blueberries (fiber, potassium, folate), a plum (vitamin C), basil (vitamin K and manganese) and flaxseed (healthy Omega-3s), you get a creamy, low fat breakfast that will help you feel grounded, balanced and satisfied for hours.
Red, White and Blueberry
This smoothie is all about the red (goji berries, full of beta carotene, antioxidants, and 18 amino acids), white (banana, a natural energizer with magnesium and potassium), and blue (blueberries, low sugar, high fiber berries that have been shown to help with cognitive decline). There’s also anti-inflammatory benefits from flaxseed, as well as a skin-brightening orange. Any day can be the 4th of July with this sweet and healthy breakfast!
High in fiber and low in sugar, blueberries have been shown to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Pairing them with a vitamin C-infused orange and lemon (both fantastic for your skin), an incredibly sweet pluot (an apricot / plum hybrid full of fiber, potassium and even more vitamin C), a yellow squash (vitamin A and … you guessed it, more vitamin C!), and healthy fat and protein from chia seeds creates a perfect breakfast smoothie that will help you feel energetic and fresh all day long.
Blueberry Walnut Cobbler
One of the best ways to keep you body free from the pain of stress is to focus on fighting inflammation, and this smoothie is perfect for that! Full of fiber, potassium and inflammation fighting antioxidants, regular consumption of blueberries has recently been connected to a healthier brain. Full Omega-3 fatty acids (which also help reduce inflammation), copper and manganese, walnuts may help protect against certain types of cancer. Combine these two superfoods with vitamin C-infused oranges, heart healthy oats and anti-inflammatory cinnamon, and you’ve got a pie-in-a-glass that’s also great for your health.
High in fiber but low in sugar, blueberries contain vitamins C and K. Continuously ranked as a highly nutritious food, regular consumption of blueberries has also recently been shown to help fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Another super nutritious food, hemp seeds are considered a “perfect protein” because they contain 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids that our bodies don’t produce on their own. Double the protein with some heart-healthy cashews, and add some spinach for vitamins K and A, and you’ve got a balanced, hydrating snack for any time of day.
Hello blueberry season! Full of iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K and zinc, blueberries also contain a wealth of antioxidants. Relatively low in sugar and high in fiber, studies have linked regular consumption of blueberries to a reduced risk of cognitive decline as well as better short-term memory. Acai berries are also low in sugar, but extremely high in antioxidants, and have been studied as possibly helping to lower insulin levels. This blueberry pie-in-a-glass comes complete with a “crust” in the form of cashews (healthy fats and protein) and banana (potassium and fiber), and is topped off with a pear (satisfying fiber).
Coming in at only 20 calories, a small yellow squash has virtually no fat, but a lot of fiber and good, complex carbohydrates. It’s also quite a sweet vegetable, and blends seamlessly with the tartness of apple and and blueberries. Acai berry powder contains a good percentage of antioxidants and fiber per serving, and walnuts have a nice dose of vitamin E, which is great for glowing skin.
Avocado Blueberry Bliss
Native to the Amazon rainforest, Camu camu is practically glowing with vitamin C -- it has 60 times more vitamin C per serving than an orange! Blueberries are extremely high in antioxidants, as is swiss chard (also from Brooklyn Grange), and avocados are full of beneficial fats. If you’re looking for midday recharge, this smoothie will not only amp up your energy, but will make you feel stronger, thanks to those healthy avocado fats and almond protein.
Pretty in Pink Pick-Me-Up
Blueberries are one of the healthiest berries you can eat. Not only do these low sugar berries have more antioxidants per serving than almost any other fruit, studies have found that they may help block the growth of tumor cells. Combining them with bananas and pea protein makes a powerhouse smoothie that will keep you full and full of energy for hours, and summer squash provides ample amounts of vitamin C, folate and B-6.
Pineapple Blueberry Squash
Squash is tropical? Sure! When you mix it with tangy pineapple and juicy orange, the delicious vegetable takes on a delightful summer flavor. Yellow squash is rich in iron and folates, and contains lutein and beta carotene. Colored purple by blueberries and acai berry, this drink is full of antioxidants and fiber. Acai berries grow on a palm tree in South America— what could be more of a vacation vibe?
Blueberry Nectarine Refresher
Processed sugar is skin’s public enemy number one! It dulls, ages, and inflames the skin. Get a sweet fix the natural way, with fresh nectarines and blueberries. Blueberries are among the most powerful antioxidants, and nectarines are full of potassium, which helps with cell function in the body. Walnuts have more omega-3 fatty acids than any other nut! Paired with oats, this is a filling fruity treat.
Blueberry Plum Basil
Blueberries and plums make a lethal combination for free radicals floating around the body. They are both considered a powerful antioxidants and help prevent illness and chronic disease. On top of that, did we mention they taste great? Adding a bit of fresh, local basil really seals the deal and rounds this smoothie off as a lovely dream in a mason jar.
Figs are sweet and delicate. Their tender outer skin can be eaten along with their soft insides. Pairing figs with the light flavors of romaine and blueberries ensures that you’ll be able to taste all the subtleties. Not only do they tasty, figs contain Pectin, which is a fiber that may help reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol. We can dig that!
Blueberry Orange Muffin
If the blueberry muffin is America's favorite muffin, does that mean this is America's favorite smoothie? Blueberries are one of the only food that are naturally blue in color, and they’ve been known to improve balance, coordination, and short term memory. Plus, they contain anthocyanin, which is great for eyesight. Maybe you won’t need Lasik after all.
Orange Pineapple Passion
In addition to being full of vitamin A and C, yellow squash is a great source of manganese, an essential mineral for processing fats, carbs and glucose into energy. It also blends seamlessly into smoothies, creating a creamy texture with a light taste profile. Even though acai has been touted as a weight loss aid (which may be due to its high amount of fiber and inflammation-lowering antioxidants), nothing definitive has been scientifically proven. It’s still great for you, as are walnuts (with their healthy fats and vitamin E), and blueberries, which are high in fiber but low in sugar.
Feel like a rockstar and keep on singing with this superfood-filled treat. Bananas pack in potassium, fiber and vital electrolytes. Blueberries provide antioxidants, promoting brain function while giving you an energy boost. But, acai berries (buy here) are the real champions.
Blue Lavender Bliss
We all know lavender scent aids in relaxation. Eating lavender flowers has that same calming effect. Blueberries have some of the highest levels of the antioxidant anthocyanin, and have been linked to all kinds of positive health benefits, including sharper cognition.These sweet little gems are also rich in vitamin C, which has been shown to relieve stress. Avocado brings the omega-3 fatty acids, and lots of B vitamins. We need B vitamins for healthy nerves and brain cells. A healthy supply of B vitamins reduced anxiety. Sip, savor, relax.
Orange Beet Mixer
Beets are baaack! Looking for a little detox smoothie? Well, look no further than the orange beet mixer. Beets contain phytochemicals that make them great liver cleansers. Blueberries and ginger help reduce inflammation while the orange's high level of Vitamin C help cleanse the digestive tract.
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