With summer time officially here, so are the fresh blueberries – and I couldn’t be more excited! During the winter months when blueberries aren’t in season, I purchase frozen blueberries and use them in my smoothies. But now that the fresh version is abundant, it’s time to get the juicer going!
What makes blueberries so wonderful?
Blueberries are one of nature’s sweetest gifts to us. This little fruit contains the highest antioxidant count versus all its fresh counterparts. Antioxidants are important to us because they help our bodies fight free radicals, which include pre-mature aging, cancer, cardiovascular disease and dementia.
New studies have shown that blueberries could be our strongest fighters against Alzheimer’s (the leading form of dementia) and that a simple daily serving of blueberry juice can help improve your memory!
Did you know that blueberries may even help with the battle of the belly bulge? A study out of University of Michigan’s Cardiovascular Center shows that in their animal study, those that consumed blueberry powder daily (along with a low fat diet) had less belly fat, lower cholesterol, lower triglycerides levels and improved fasting glucose and insulin sensitivity.
Blueberries are also rich in nutrients like Vitamin C, B Complex Vitamins, Vitamin A, Magnesium, Iron, Copper, Selenium, and Zinc. They are good for your eyes, help boost you immune system and act as a natural anti-depressant. Don’t forget that they are full of fiber, too!
I treat the bluish/purple juice like gold!
The blueberry is such a versatile fruit that it pairs well with almost anything and everything. Get creative with your recipes! Here are a couple of my fav’s:
(You can also try these recipes with DIY Frozen Juice Pops for a refreshing treat on a hot day! To make your juice pops extra fancy, add whole blueberries into your molds before you pour in your juice.)
- 2 cups of blueberries
- 3 kiwis
Wash all fruit and peel kiwis. Juice and enjoy!
Thank you berry much
- 2 cups of blueberries
- 2 cups of strawberries
- 1 ½ cups of raspberries
Wash all fruit. Cut the tops off of the strawberries. Juice and enjoy!
Blue and fruity
- 1 ½ cups of blueberries
- ½ grapefruit
- 15 red grapes
Wash all fruit. Remove the rind from the grapefruit and make sure that all of the stems are removed from the grapes. Juice and enjoy!
Apple Carrot Blueberry Juice
- 1 pint of blueberries
- 4 pink lady, gala, or Fiji apples
- 4 large carrots
Wash all produce. Cut the tops off of the carrots. Remove the stem and seeds from your apples. Juice and enjoy! I particularly like the Breville Juice Fountain as it is super quick and fairly easy to clean.