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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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The coronavirus has changed life, as we knew it, forever. Most people will be touched in some way by the pandemic either physically, emotionally or financially. We’ve all heard heart-breaking stories from around the world about lives that have been lost and severe financial hardships caused by the sudden shutdown of so many businesses.

On behalf of all our team members around the globe, we extend our deepest sympathies to all that are struggling through personal challenges, whatever they may be, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to all the heroes who are helping those in need.

We’d also like to add how important it is for everyone to continue to do their part to slow the spread. Physical distancing is critical, and we must all take this seriously. We use the word “physical” because staying away from people in a physical way does not mean we should be neglecting the importance of social interactions, compassion and patience.

We are one of the largest providers of shelf-stable seafood and it is our honor and our responsibility to do our part, in every way we can, to help to keep people fed with affordable, nutritious protein. To that end, we’re continuing to run our factories in the US and Canada while our partners around the world continue to provide supply.

We take great pride in being a “people-first” company, so our decision to continue operations is done with utmost concern for the people making it possible. We’ve enhanced our safety measures to meet or exceed CDC guidelines and we have increased wages in our factories to assist employees dealing with the incremental costs of working and new, unexpected demands on their households.

We also take great pride in producing healthy, nutritious and safe products for our customers. Please know the manufacturing practices we follow year-round protect our both employees and the products they produce. Our facilities have very few people-to-product interactions, all products are sterilized in a high temperature oven and then packaged in highly automated production lines.

Beyond Bumble Bee, we’re continually looking for ways to extend our “people first” approach to make a meaningful impact. With so many people in need, we know this effort is more important than ever. We’re starting by donating more than $1 million in product to food banks in both the US and in Canada. And we will be looking for more opportunities to make a positive difference in the days to come.

Finally, I want to thank you, our loyal and new customers, for your support. We hope you find the recipes on our website helpful and easy to prepare. I also want to send a sincere thank you to our Bumble Bee Team and our valued supply partners around the world for their tireless efforts, particularly those working in sales, manufacturing, distribution and all our support roles, ensuring we can keep store and pantry shelves stocked.

Please continue to do your part to keep yourselves and your families safe during this truly unprecedented time.

With Gratitude,
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