Whether it is summertime when blueberries are abundant in the market or you happen to have some stashed in your refrigerator's fruit bin or freezer compartment, a smoothie is a great way to enjoy these good-for-you berries. This low-calorie blueberry smoothie recipe is a quick and healthy version.
This recipe calls for fresh or frozen blueberries and blueberry yogurt, but feel free to use plain low-fat yogurt, regular yogurt, Greek yogurt, or even low-fat vanilla yogurt for some added sweetness. Be sure to wash the blueberries right before use.
This recipe can be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled and come out perfect every time.
- 6 ounces low-fat blueberry yogurt
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- 1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
To a blender, add the blueberry yogurt, ice cubes, and blueberries.
Blend on high until the ice cubes are crushed into small pieces and you have a smooth consistency.
Pour and serve. You can top with a few extra blueberries if you wish.
- Replace the yogurt with 1/4 cup low-fat milk, increase the blueberries to 1/2 cup, and add 1 cup spinach. Blend until smooth. If too thick, add an additional ice cube or more milk.
- Include other berries like raspberries, strawberries, or sliced fresh fruit like peaches or plums.
- Go tropical by adding fresh pineapple, mango or papaya, strawberries, red or green grapes, ripe bananas, oranges, frozen limeade mix, and grenadine to the blueberries.
- If you prefer drinking your vitamins rather than gulping them down with water, try this combination—yogurt, spinach, banana, blueberries, strawberries, flax meal, apple, and coconut milk blended together.
- Another way to get your proteins in is to add silken tofu to the basic blueberry recipe.
Health Benefits of Blueberries
With its tremendous anti-oxidant properties, the blueberry is among the most nutrient-dense berries. Low in calories, the blueberry is high in fiber, vitamins C and K, and manganese—so you cannot go wrong with a serving of the sweet blueberry.
As is evident, blueberries are an excellent addition to your diet in any shape or form, and a delicious smoothie is a tasty way to get your dose.
Smoothies, also spelled smoothees, have been around for a long time. Some feel the introduction of the Waring blender in 1939 started the craze for all things blendable when everything from meat to vegetables and fruits was thrown into the traditional glass jar and whizzed to a pulp.
Others believe it was a chain smoothie company that wanted to capitalize on creating a healthy milkshake for those with lactose intolerance that created the first smoothie.
However it came about, today the smoothie can be found in malls, mom-and-pop stands, grocery stores, health food stores, specialty shops, and work-out centers. Many of them are loaded with fat and sugar, while others include low-fat or no-fat dairy, protein powders, and multivitamins, and have replaced energy drinks loaded with caffeine.