When the nice man from TrueBlue asked if I'd review TrueBlue Blueberry juice, I didn't hesitate to say yes. After all, when blueberries are in season, I'm a blueberry pusher around here. On cereal. In pancakes. In frozen drinks. On salads. I love that these berries are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. And I am fascinated by the factoids about the blueberry. So, give me blueberries in a juice that I can put in my son's sippy cup? I'm there.
For our first tasting, we chilled a bottle of TrueBlue and served it over ice. My 3-year-old son was very involved in the tastings, as he has grape juice each day (albeit highly watered down by Mom and Dad). Of course I read the bottle before giving it to my son. TrueBlue blueberry juice is a juice cocktail (25% juice) and it contains no high-fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors or colors. All pluses in my book, and a rarity in juice cocktails. I was shocked to look at a bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry and see that its #2 ingredient (after water) is high-fructose corn syrup. I prefer that my son have 100% juice, watered down, since I don't want to fill him with additives and tons of sugar. But an 8-ounce serving of TrueBlue has 26 grams of sugar, compared to 39 grams in Welch's grape juice. TrueBlue has a bunch of different varieties, too, including Blueberry Green Tea, which sounds wonderful to me.
The juices in TrueBlue Blueberry are a blend of blueberry and grape. This is a very tasty drink -- not overly sweet. Just the right amount of sweet, actually. My son clammered for "more! more!" after downing his first serving.
For our second tasting, I made blueberry banana smoothies. Mmmm! My little boy got to the bottom of his cup so fast, I ended up pouring some from my glass into his. Blueberry juice, bananas, and vanilla yogurt. What's not to love? Healthy and yummy.
Next? I'll be making blueberry popsicles. Something tells me I'll be the popular Mom on our street when I take them out of the freezer!