Making Smoothies with Blueberries

Blueberries are small round berries that grow on bushes or low shrubs. The most common types of bluberry plant varieties can be sorted into highbush (more heat tolerant), lowbush (most cold hardy), and hybrid half-high, with highbush being the most common. Blueberries have a soft texture, with a juicy and (ideally) sweet flavor, although they can sometimes be sour as well.

How to Choose Blueberries

Look for berries that are richer and darker blue in color for a sweeter tasting fruit

Blueberries are packed full of antioxidants, which are vitamins, phytochemicals, and other nutrients that can protect your cells from free radicals. The majority of the phytochemicals found in blueberries are flavanoids. Flavonoids help the plant protect itself from diseases, and help you in many different ways that scientists are still discovering.

Why Are Blueberries Blue?

It contains a significant amount of anthocyanin, which is a flavonoid. It's the anthocyanin's pigment that makes it blue.

The only downside to blueberries is the price. Luckily, you can make smoothies with either fresh or frozen fruit, so you can buy frozen blueberries or (if they're in season) go blueberry picking at a local farm. If you pick them yourself, it's usually ridiculously cheaper compared to the fresh ones you find at the grocery store, and they even taste better.

If you do end up going blueberry picking, bring your haul home and freeze what you won't be using within a week. You'll be eating blueberries for months.


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Blueberry Flavor Pairings

Cinnamon (Ground), Peppermint, Spearmint, Nutmeg (ground), Thyme, Vanilla Extract, Matcha Powder, Apple, Blackberry, Apricot, Banana, Currant (red & white), Currant (black), Lemon, Lime, Mango, Melon (cantaloupe), Nectarine, Peach, Pineapple, Raspberry, Rhubarb, Strawberry, Watermelon, Grapes, Orange, Corn (yellow), Corn (white), Cucumber, Fennel Bulb, Ginger Root, Almonds, Agave, Honey, Maple Syrup, Brown Sugar, Oats,
Blueberry Nutrition Facts
Amount Per 100g
Calories 57.0
Calories from Fat 2.97
Total Fat 0.33g
Saturated Fat 0.028g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.047g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.146g
Cholesterol 0.0mg
Sodium 1.0mg
Potassium 77.0mg
Total Carbohydrate 14.49g
Dietary Fiber 2.4g
Sugars 9.96g
Protein 0.74g
Vitamin A 3.0µg
Vitamin C 9.7mg
Calcium 6.0mg
Iron 0.28mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins
Choline 6.0mg
Folate 6.0µg
Niacin 0.418mg
Riboflavin 0.041mg
Thiamin 0.037mg
Vitamin B-12 0.0µg
Vitamin B-6 0.052mg
Vitamin D 0.0IU
Vitamin E 0.57mg
Vitamin K 19.3µg
Minerals
Copper 0.057mg
Magnesium 6.0mg
Phosphorus 12.0mg
Selenium 0.1µg
Zinc 0.16mg
Other
Caffeine 0.0mg
Theobromine 0.0mg
Water 84.21g
All nutrient values are calculated from the USDA nutrition database.
Scientific NameVaccinium spp.
Nitrogen Factor6.25
Protein Factor3.36
Fat Factor8.37
Carb Factor3.6