Blueberries, you’re so awesome, let us count the ways:
- So loaded with antioxidants, they rank the most potent of all fruit.
- One cup packs in over 10% of your daily fiber needs.
- Available year round thanks to the fact that they taste amazing fresh or frozen.
- Can be purchased dried and added to trail mix, oatmeal cookies, or oatmeal.
- Less than 100 calories in an entire cup makes them a very sweet snack.
- One cup delivers almost 25% of your vitamin C needs.
- 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.
- 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!)
- Highly versatile in both sweet (i.e. crumbles, parfaits, muffins, etc.) and savory (salsa on tacos, in salads, with roasted pork, etc.) dishes.
- Last but not least, SO DELICIOUS.
4 Fun ‘n’ Tasty Ways to Eat Blueberries
- 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.
- Instead of jam! Spread peanut or almond butter on toast and top with a layer of blueberries in place of jam.
- 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.
- 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?