Did you know that blueberries are a heart-healthy superfood? The antioxidants found in blueberries have been linked to lowering blood pressure – plus they are awesome in smoothies. If you’re looking for fresh and frosty breakfast ideas, or new ways to pump up your berry intake, bust out your blender and whip up any of these 3 recipes.
#1 – Blueberry-Orange Smoothie from Bon Appétit
While this recipe features fresh blueberries, you can swap in the frozen ones (which will thicken the drink, too).
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (about 8 ounces)
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup low-fat frozen vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
Fresh blueberries (for garnish)
Thinly sliced orange peel (for garnish)
1. Combine first 5 ingredients in blender.
2. Puree until thick and smooth.
3. Pour smoothie into 2 glasses.
4. If desired – sprinkle each smoothie with blueberries. Top with thinly sliced orange peel; serve.
Makes 2 servings
Nutritional info per serving: Calories 180 | Fat 2g | Protein 4g | Carbs 38g
Nutritional information is provided by Bon Appetit and MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator
#2 – Blueberry Banana Smoothie from Whole Foods Market
Packed with blueberries, this smoothie has another heart-healthy superfood weapon: flaxseed meal.
1 fresh or frozen banana, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
6 ounces nonfat plain yogurt
3/4 cup skim milk (or unsweetened soy milk, rice milk or almond milk)
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon agave nectar, or to taste
1/2 cup ice cubes, (optional)
1. Put all ingredients into a blender and purée until smooth.
2. Pour into glasses and serve.
Makes 2 servings
Nutritional info per serving: Calories 200 | Fat 4.5g | Protein 10g | Carbs 36g
Nutritional information is provided by Whole Foods Market
#3 – Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie from Greatist
Unsweetened cocoa powder provides yet another antioxidant in this decadent smoothie by Katie Morris.
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 cup skim milk (or milk of choice)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons maple syrup (or agave)
Fresh blueberries, for garnish (optional)
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
2. If desired, strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a glass for a smoother texture.
3. Garnish with fresh blueberries, if desired.
Makes 1 serving
Nutritional info (made with skim milk): Calories 213 | Fat 1g | Protein 10g | Carbs 43g
Nutritional information is provided by MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator
Do you love blueberry smoothies, too? Share your favorite flavor combos in the comments below!
– Team Fitstar