Blueberries: absolutely the best fruit to eat year-round
Blueberries are in season in New Jersey and I can't get enough of them. Thankfully, we can eat them year-round since frozen, organic blueberries can be found in the frozen food section of Costco and at my local grocery store. Did you know blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits you should have in your lifestyle? If you can eat them every day, that is even better!
The health conditions blueberries are known to support are: healthy mind, veins and cardiovascular system. They also help support the collagen system in our bodies and a healthy urinary tract system. And you thought only cranberries could do that! Blueberries also have preventative properties against cancer since the contain ellagic acid. Ellagic acid helps block pathways that can lead to cancer. (Source: World's Healthiest Foods)
Blueberries have a high ORAC value. ORAC, (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is a measurement of how potent a food is in antioxidant content. The measurement is used for a variety of foods such as fruits, nuts, seeds and spices, are all found on the chart. ORAC was developed by the National Institute of Aging and the National Institute of Health. The ORAC database is always growing! In fact, the most recent update was in January 2018. Click here to go to the searchable database.
I eat blueberries everyday in my overnight oatmeal. But there are so many other things you can do with them - even if they are frozen. I like defrosting blueberries and then tossing them on a spinach salad. with red onions, pumpkin seeds and blue cheese. I've compiled a bunch of blueberry recipes so that you can enjoy them whenever the mood hits.
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Mixed Berry Dutch Baby (Gluten Free) from Savory Lotus. A Dutch Baby is almost like a giant pancake that is cooked in the oven in a preheated cast iron pan. It only takes about 18 minutes to cook so it is pretty fast. I would try this as a breakfast dish or serve as a light dinner with a spinach salad. Click here to go to the recipe.
Blueberry Feta and Honey Caramelized Onion pizza Naan by Kitchen Confidante. I love flat bread recipes. They always look so pretty when they are done. Plus, they are a filling lunch, dinner or can be an appetizer at a dinner party. Combining the blueberries with onion and feta gives you a great sweet and salty combination. Click here for the recipe.
Breakfast Butter Rolls with Whipped Blueberry Butter by Sweet and Savory Meals. What a great idea! Whipped Blueberry Butter. I am going to try this using the vegan butter from Earth Balance. I recently switched from dairy butter to vegan butter since dairy can be troublesome for my tummy. I can envision making blueberry butter for a ton of recipes. From the basics like the rolls in this recipe to something more exotic such as a spread on a spinach, asparagus wrap. Click here for the recipe.
Savory Breakfast Salad from the Minimalist Baker. I am always trying to find new ways to get more vegetables into breakfast. This salad is truly a salad that is served for breakfast. What a healthy way to start the day! It contains sweet potatoes, greens, blueberries, avocado and hummus. The dressing is a light lemon juice and olive oil combination. If you just can't bring yourself to eat this for breakfast, it would also make a great lunch! Click here for the recipe.
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal from Savory Nothings. I love this idea because you get the feeling of a blueberry crumble but have all the healthy benefits of oatmeal. This recipe takes some time to make because it has to be refrigerated overnight. But to me, it is worth it!Plus, if you feel you need more than oatmeal for breakfast, you can top this with yogurt. Click here for the recipe.
I hope this post on blueberries both informed and inspired you to eat more blueberries. Always buy organic to avoid GMOs and gain the maximum health benefits. Organic fruits and vegetables have higher nutrient content which means you will remain fuller longer. If you try any of the above, let me know what you thought! Follow my blog on Bloglovin.