Wednesday, June 15, 2011

12 things to do with bluberries

i had to take a minute and share this article/list with you from july's edition of parenting magazine. blueberries are in season now and though we started buying them as soon as it was warm... now is the time to buy them! they are sweeter and cheaper. : ) blueberries are filled with antioxidants and actually out of any fruit they are one if not the highest in antioxidant properties. i also found that they neutralize free radicals which can affect disease and aging in the body,  they aid in reducing belly fat, they help promote urinary tract health, have been proved to preserve vision and brain health as well as posses the ability to dissolve "bad cholesterol" and aid in heart health. (refer to this article published on womens fitness site) if you need more reasons than this to eat these wondrous fruits just google blueberries and there are articles after articles about what they can do for us!! so with this being said i thought i would share 12 ways to handle/eat/treat blueberries as published in parenting magazine!! i hope you enjoy...

1. puree and fold into fat-free cream cheese and spread over an english muffin or bagel

2. add to any whole grain muffin recipe or mix. (you don't have to use those canned ones that come with it)

3. mix with plain greek yogurt, honey and chopped walnuts or granola

4.toss with fresh spinach, chicken breast and a poppy seed dressing

5. mix into instant oatmeal. add unsweetened applesauce cinnamon and a lil brown sugar

6.add to a fav quick bread recipe

7. make a compote for pancakes or ice cream by simmering 1 cup of berries with 3 tablespoons water, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tsp of lemon juice for 10 minutes. then add another cup of berries and simmer 8 more minutes

8. make your own frozen waffles add berries to the batter, cook, cool, wrap, and have home made toaster waffles. (i love this idea)

9. dip in dark chocolate for a double antioxidant okay chocolate lovers that one is for you!

10. puree and fold into softened ice cream then refreeze.

11. use in a blueberry smoothie (that was mine)

12. stock up on blueberries if you find a deal then freeze them : )

now go get some blueberries and if you come up with more ideas please share!!

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