Need a blueberry boost? Try this! Rather than relying upon blueberries incorporated only into baked desserts – because, like other fruits, raw blueberries provide you with the best flavour and the greatest nutritional benefits – enjoy a hearty serving of berries in this tasty, energizing Lemon-Blueberry Smoothie.
An explosion of flavours in an energizing smoothie!
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Crushed ice (optional)
Add all the ingredients to a blender; blend until smooth. Serve chilled.
Blueberries are in season July through September in Ontario. Enjoy them while they’re at their peak in flavour and nutrition. Here are 5 fun facts about blueberries:
1: As stated on FoodLand Ontario’s website, Ontario has two basic types: lowbush and highbush. The lowbush grows wild and is cultivated in Ontario. Highbush blueberries grow up 6-8 feet in height.
Highbush berry plants are sensitive to winter damage, but their fruit is larger than the lowbush variety.
2: More closely related to the cranberry than the raspberry, the blueberry (as well as bilberry, huckleberry, and like berries) is distinctively different from both, and not just for its colour. Unlike the cranberry, it is sweet enough to eat raw, whole and out of hand. Unlike the raspberry, it is sturdy enough to store, and it even freezes well.
3: Blueberries are native to North America with large stands in the Maritimes and coastal New England.
4: Blueberries are a very good source of vitamin K, vitamin C and manganese. Blueberries are also a good source of fiber and copper. They’re said to pack a powerful punch when it comes to brain health.
5: According to Guinness World Records, the most blueberries caught by mouth in one minute is 83 and was achieved by Ashrita Furman and Bipin Larkin (both USA) at the Sri Chinmoy Center, Jamaica, New York, USA, on December 11, 2015. This was the first time this record has been achieved.