Oh, the poor blueberry. Despite being found in almost every state, it gets ignored all of the time by cooks, bakers and juicers. Even though it’s usually inexpensive, compared to other berries, it’s passed over by shoppers who want something more exotic. Every day we read about the latest superfood, but all along the blueberry has been the original superfood. Maybe the blueberry needs a better marketing department. This berry should be a big part of your juicing diet plan.
Let’s start with taste. Most superfoods (I’m talking to you, kale) taste really bad. They are bitter or heavy in acids and you have to hide them in your meals because the taste is so foul. Not blueberries. They are naturally sweet and you never have to bury them in a pile of sugar or in a mix of other foods to be able to tolerate them.
Next, let’s look at the health benefits that are built in to blueberries. Fat free, always a plus, is part of this berry’s appeal. It’s also cholesterol free, another great benefit. There is a nice amount of fiber in each berry and, even though we don’t like to talk about it, we all need fiber. One cup of blueberries is less than 100 calories and will contain one gram of protein.
Last, take a good look at the nutrients and vitamins that are found naturally in blueberries. Vitamin C and K are found in high levels as is manganese. Everyone is searching for antioxidants in their foods and you will find amazing levels of it in each serving of blueberries. The key antioxidants come from polyphenols antioxidants called flavonoids, these are the main source of the health benefits you will find with these berries.
Yes, Blueberries Are THE Superfood
So why don’t more people eat blueberries? Why is this berry ignored in most juicing recipe books? Maybe it’s because the blueberry is so common. It’s not grown in wild, exotic places. It doesn’t require special equipment or special skills to harvest. It’s just a basic, amazing berry that is too often ignored.
Here are a couple of my favorite juice recipes that use blueberries. There are many more that you should try, but you can start with the two listed here and discover just how good these berries really are.
Pineapple Blueberry Ginger Juice
This is a very tasty, and very healthy juice recipe. The ginger gives it a nice little zing and ginger is good for aiding digestion. I always recommend using a juicer instead of a blender when using pineapple. It is so dense the blenders struggle to get all of the juice out of each piece.
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 small piece of ginger (about 1 to 2″ long)
Chop up the pineapple into chunks.
Add the ingredients to your juicer and extract the juice. Serve with a pineapple garnish.
This is a different slant on using blueberries in a juice. Cucumbers are great veggies to use, they are very good for you, but the taste can be off putting to some. By adding blueberries and some lemon, you get a wonderfully balanced juice that is sweet and tart at the same time.
1 cup of blueberries
1 cucumber, peeled
1/2 lemon with the peel removed.
Chop up the cucumber. This is another recipe where you will want to use your juicer instead of your blender. The seeds can be tough to strain. Add all three to your juicer and extract this really nice juice.