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Ode to Blueberries (+ 4 Creative Ways to Eat ‘Em)

 

Ode to Blueberries (+ 4 Creative Ways to Eat ‘Em)

Blueberries, you’re so awesome, let us count the ways:

  1. So loaded with antioxidants, they rank the most potent of all fruit.
  2. One cup packs in over 10% of your daily fiber needs.
  3. Available year round thanks to the fact that they taste amazing fresh or frozen.
  4. Can be purchased dried and added to trail mix, oatmeal cookies, or oatmeal.
  5. Less than 100 calories in an entire cup makes them a very sweet snack.
  6. One cup delivers almost 25% of your vitamin C needs.
  7. Could be great for your brain, especially as you age. Several studies have found that a couple of servings of berries a day can help slow memory loss as we age and might even help reduce the risk for dementia.
  8. Act as an internal sunscreen, protecting the skin against cell damage caused by the sun’s rays. (Note: you still need to slather on the sunscreen!)
  9. Highly versatile in both sweet (i.e. crumbles, parfaits, muffins, etc.) and savory (salsa on tacos, in salads, with roasted pork, etc.) dishes.
  10.  Last but not least, SO DELICIOUS.

4 Fun ‘n’ Tasty Ways to Eat Blueberries

  1. In a smoothie! Combine 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 ripe banana, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or skim milk), 1 tbsp almond butter, 1/3 cup silken tofu, and a handful of ice in a blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Instead of jam! Spread peanut or almond butter on toast and top with a layer of blueberries in place of jam.
  3. In fancy ice! Pour a thin layer of water into an ice cube tray and freeze. On top of the frozen layer, place a blueberry and a spearmint leaf and fill the rest of the tray up with water. Freeze again and use these cubes for water, lemonade, or iced tea.
  4. In a salsa for fish or chicken! Instead of mango or tomato in your favorite salsa recipe, substitute blueberries. Here’s a great recipe to sub into (use 1 1/2 cups blueberries instead of the mango) http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/mango-salsa-recipe/index.html.

What’s your favorite berry? Do you use blueberries in any creative meals or snacks?

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