Many Georgia farmers have worked relentlessly over the past three decades to boost our state’s blueberry production and adequately meet the demands of consumers. The increase in blueberry production in the state has been bolstered by the extension support and research of the University of Georgia’s faculty and facilities. Georgia produced 92 million pounds of blueberries last year, according to the North American Blueberry Council. Not long ago, Georgia farmers grew about 3,500 acres of blueberries, but today they are cultivating over 20,000 acres of the crop, and production has grown tenfold.
So what are some effective ways to make blueberries a part of your diet? Blueberries go great in smoothies alongside other fruits and vegetables. Smoothies can be a good to-go breakfast meal for those early mornings when you don’t have time to cook. They are also a good snack for the middle of the day, especially to help fight summer heat. Smoothies are easy to make and can be a fun way to introduce kids to cooking! Head out to your local farmer’s market so that you can buy blueberries while supporting Georgia agriculture!
1 banana (large)
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, peaches or strawberries
1 carton vanilla yogurt (8 oz, low fat)
1/2 cup fruit juice
- Put all ingredients into a blender.
- Blend on high until smooth.
- Pour into 2 glasses. Serve right away.
Total Calories: 222
Total Fat: 2 g
Protein: 7 g
Carbohydrates: 47 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Sodium: 79 mg
Recipe courtesy of United States Department of Agriculture.
*Recipe subject to change depending on the kinds of fruit used for the smoothie.