On a stressful day, it’s a blueberry smoothie that will get you through that rough patch.
Ok, just kidding, but it can help!
Kids without a doubt, love, bright, colorful and flavorful smoothies which is just what this page is all about - happy and healthy!
Brain Health – Vitamins A, C, E and B-complex, zinc, potassium magnesium, phosphorus etc… among others can aid in the prevention of neurotic disorders.
Adequate vitamins and minerals are essential to any healthy brain function and making sure that you have adequate nutrition increases and maintains learning capacity as well as motor skills.
Heart Health – a growing body of researchers point to the potential of a blueberry-rich diet helps to promote heart health thanks to the blueberries antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Heart disease is caused by damage to arterial cells as a result of free radicals . Blueberries contain antioxidants which combat against free radicals, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
Aging – let’s state the obvious: we all age, we all get older, and we all get wrinkles. Oh, no, what do we do? Well, you won’t be able to do anything about the “getting older” part, but you may be able to slow down the wrinkles part!
If we start to consider some of the effects that free radicals have on aging (which is a lot) Blueberries can give you significant hope; because, they are chuck full of antioxidants in fact they rank #1 in the world of antioxidant rich foods. Also the vitamin C they contain will help as well...another antioxidant.
Immune System Health – because blueberries are rich in vitamin C they're an excellent immunity booster. If you have a strong immune system you are less likely to catch colds or illnesses, so add some blueberries to your diet for an extra immunity boost!
These smoothie tips will have you blending like a pro in no time!
When it comes down to shopping for blueberries remember fresh is best. Naturally, the fresh varieties are only available from June through August, so just work with what you’ve got!
When we talk about size normally the smaller ones are wild and the larger ones are cultivated. Be sure to only purchase the blueberries that are firm, plump and dry. If they are soft or “leaking” or look like they are mushy, then avoid them- they are no longer ripe, they are rotten!
Like we said earlier: fresh is best, but frozen is still good. Actually, now some nutritionists are saying that frozen is just as good as fresh, due to the fact that you freeze the berries at their peak of ripeness – so all of the nutrients are left intact!
And sometimes if you need to cut the budget down a little, frozen is cheaper. You can buy them in bulk from a co-op or just catch them so sale at your local grocery store.
Banana, Peanut Butter, Blueberry Smoothie
1 tbsp flax seed
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp honey
½ cup plain yogurt
1 cup milk
Put ground or liquid flax seed into blender. (Grind well if not liquid) Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Makes 2
Another Blueberry Smoothie
2 cups fresh blueberries – or slightly thawed frozen ones
1 cup vanilla yogurt
6 oz milk
2 tbsp honey
12 oz pineapple juice
Ice as needed
Place all ingredients into blender blend and add ice as needed. Makes 4
Berry Blueberry Smoothie
1 cup fresh blueberries
2 tbsp blueberry jelly or jam
Ice as needed
1½ cup milk- you can also use almond milk
Blend all ingredients in blend until smooth.
Lemon Blueberry Smoothie
1 cup frozen blueberries
½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup milk (vanilla) (optional)
1 tbsp frozen lemonade
½ cup vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp honey (optional)
Blend your pineapple chunks and blueberries together first than add liquids and remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth. Makes 2
Peach and Blueberry Smoothie
3 ripe peaches or nectarines, pitted and chopped
1 cup blueberries
1 banana, preferably frozen
1 cup vanilla yogurt
Blend in blender until smooth. If it is too thick for you, you can add orange juice to thin it out a little bit.