Considering Adding Blueberries in Your Diet?
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Here are 10 Ways to Enjoy Blueberries:
- In Smoothies – add blueberries to a smoothie and enjoy for a snack or meal replacement. To boost protein, mix with milk, Greek yogurt and/or nut butters. Avocado, nuts, chia seed, ground flax seeds and/or nuts will add healthy fats. If you can’t drink this smoothie all at once, freeze the extra beverage in small cups for a frozen treat later on.
- In Salads – to add a subtle sweetness and to boost nutrition, sprinkle blueberries in a salad. Try topping spinach leaves or lettuce with blueberries, nuts, strawberries, mandarin oranges and your favorite dressing.
- In the Freezer – make Blueberry/Vanilla Yogurt Pops! Simply mix 1 cup of berries with 2 cups of vanilla Greek Yogurt and 1 Tablespoon of honey in a blender. Place mixture in a popsicle mold or 10 small cups and add a popsicle stick in each cup. Freeze for 6 hours or until hardened. Remove from mold or cup and enjoy. This quick recipe makes about 10 – 3 oz. pops.
- In Yogurt – add blueberries to plain yogurt to perk up the flavor. Or, make frozen yogurt bark. * To make frozen yogurt bark: Spread your choice of yogurt on a parchment lined cooking sheet. Sprinkle blueberries and other cut up fruit, if desired, over the yogurt. Gently push into yogurt. Freeze for 1-2 hours. Prior to eating, break up yogurt bar in to pieces and enjoy. Freeze yogurt bark in a zip lock bag for a healthy and refreshing snack any time of the day.
- In Bowls – enjoy blueberries as a dessert, plain. Or, top with a bit of whipped cream and sliced almonds! Or, layer blueberries, low-fat vanilla yogurt, low-fat granola, and pineapple to make a delicious, parfait snack or dessert.
- In Ice Cube Trays – one easy way to add a bang to any beverage is to make blueberry ice cubes. Just add 2-3 blueberries into each cube container and fill the tray with water. Freeze them up. Add to your favorite beverage, and when the blueberries melt, enjoy a sweet treat at the bottom of the glass.
- In Oatmeal or Cereal – adding blueberries to your oatmeal or cereal is a quick and easy way to eat a serving of fruit and boost your fiber intake. If adding blueberries to oatmeal, try cooking them on the stovetop and mix in a little bit of lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla before topping onto the oats. This gives the oats a delicious blueberry pie flavor.
- In Pancakes & Waffles – make a whole wheat pancake or waffle batter and add fresh blueberries. Prepare and enjoy!
- In Fruit Kabobs – make fruit kabobs by stacking blueberries, kiwi, and strawberries on toothpicks. Enjoy as is or dip them in low-fat vanilla yogurt.
- In Muffins – add blueberries into your muffin mix. To avoid berries sinking to the bottom of the pan, spread half of the batter in the pan, spoon on half the blueberries. Top muffins with the remaining batter and add the remaining blueberries. Your blueberries will be nicely distributed throughout the muffins!
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