Blueberries: Big on Nutrition
In addition to their great flavor, blueberries are rich in antioxidants, making them a great go-to snack during cold and flu season! Blueberries are small fruits that grow on shrubs, part of the same family that includes cranberries, bilberries and huckleberries. The flowers on a blueberry shrub are bell-shaped and are usually white, pale pink or red. Blueberries naturally have a whitish-gray waxy coating, or â€śbloom,â€ť that serves as a protective barrier for the fruit and is safe to consume. Blueberries are one of the only natural foods that are actually blue in color. They have 80 calories per cup and are naturally low in fat and sodium.
Blueberry Time Savers
- Drop some fresh blueberries into your favorite muffin or pancake batter for some added natural sweetness!
- Feeling blue? Indulge in some blue bliss. Mix blackberries, blueberries and orange juice in a blender and enjoy! Add plain Greek yogurt for extra thickness.
- Looking for the best flavor partners for blueberries? Lemon and mint are the most common. Peach, coconut, banana and balsamic vinegar also pair well with blueberries.
- Blueberries go great in salads with other fruits, nuts and some cheeses. Try them with pears, pecans or feta cheese.
Blueberry Granola Parfait:
Blueberry Orange Shortcake: