A while ago I was contacted by the folks at TrueBlue who asked me if I would be interested in trying some of their juice. I accepted their offer, (who doesn’t like free stuff?) saying that I would be happy to try some but that I would also be giving honest feedback and wouldn’t hesitate to say if I didn’t like something. A couple weeks later I received a bottle each of TrueBlue Blueberry juice, Blueberry-Pomegranante and Blueberry-Blackberry. Blueberries have been getting a lot of hype in the recent years for being rich in anti-oxidants. As far as I’m concerned, the anti-oxidants are merely a bonus, blueberries taste amazing and that’s reason enough to eat them for me.
I tried each of the juices, chilled, on their own and decided that the blueberry-blackberry was definitely my favourite. I thought the plain blueberry was somewhat dry and didn’t enjoy drinking it on its own as much as the other two. The blueberry-pomegranate was also good, but the blackberry was the winner as far as I’m concerned.
In general I don’t drink very much juice on its own, but I like mixing it with other things. I had lots of fun playing with these juices. The simplest drink was made by mixing any of the flavours with 7Up or another carbonated drink like soda water, add some ice to your glass and you’ve got a great summer drink. I also started adding TrueBlue to my smoothies, which I probably make at least every other day. There are always bananas on my counter that are ready to be mixed with some frozen fruit, yogurt, juice or milk and blended into oblivion by my beloved K-Tec. The smoothie you see here is a combo of TrueBlue bluberry juice, banana and strawberries. You can mix and match fruit here as much as you want and I don’t think failure is possible. I liked experimenting with adding the juice to savory dishes as well and found it worked very well when reduced with balsamic vinegar and drizzled over grilled salmon, (pictured here). Vinaigrettes for salads are another possibility.
So what’s the bottom line? I liked using the TrueBlue juices in drinks, there’s an endless number of ways they can be added to make drinks, alcoholic or otherwise. They would probably be pretty good frozen in an ice cube tray and then dropped into drinks to keep them cool without watering them down. I think a blueberry daiquiri could be interesting... I could see myself buying TrueBlue again to make summer drinks and there are 3 flavours that I didn’t get to try: Blueberry-Cranberry, Blueberry-Iced Green Tea and Blueberry-Raspberry so I wouldn’t mind seeing what they’re like too, the green tea mixture sounds particularly intriguing.