Blueberries are one of the tiniest fruits, but don’t let their small size fool you. This summer berry is full of antioxidants and vitamins, and is the perfect choice for a healthy snack. It can also be used in recipes both sweet and savory to add a burst of unexpected flavor. Here’s what you need to know about blueberries, as well as a few recipes you can experiment with this week.
What Are Blueberries, and Where Does the Fruit Come From?
Common Questions & Answers
What’s in Blueberries? A Look at the Fruit’s Nutrition Facts
What Are the Potential Health Benefits of Blueberries?
Blueberries are sweet and succulent, but that’s not the only reason to pick up a bunch on your next grocery run.
Thanks to these antioxidants, regularly consuming blueberries may boast a number of health benefits, research suggests.
Help Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease
Help Boost Brain Function
Play a Role in Lowering Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Help You Maintain Healthy, Strong Bones
Play a Part in Helping Prevent Some Cancers
Have the Potential to Improve Your Mood
Can Blueberries Help With Weight Loss?
How to Select and Store Blueberries for the Freshest Quality
Fresh blueberries can be purchased year-round. For the best flavor, however, it’s important to pick a quality batch.
Sometimes, you may stumble upon blueberries that are reddish or greenish in color. These blueberries are not ripe and don’t contain as much flavor as ripened?berries.
Carefully examine a batch of blueberries before purchase. Don’t purchase berries that are shriveled, soft, or moldy.
What’s the Best Way to Eat Blueberries? Here’s Some Recipe Inspiration
Blueberries can add variety to many dishes and desserts. Eat blueberries raw or toss a few in fat-free or low-fat yogurt, cereal, or oatmeal.
Blueberries are also perfect for smoothies or shakes. Combine the fruit in a blender with other fruits, such as bananas, kiwis, strawberries, or?pineapple. Or prepare a baked dish with blueberries, such as cakes, muffins, or pancakes.
Here’s a look at a few simple blueberry recipes for more inspiration:
- For a protein-packed breakfast, this Blueberry Baked Oatmeal delivers on taste while also being both vegan and gluten-free.
- Add some color to your lunch by making this Blueberry Cucumber Summer Salad With Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette.
- Pair this Blueberry Salsa with whole-wheat tortilla chips for a sweet and spicy snack.
- Skip the typical coffee shop treat — try these Healthy Blueberry Muffins with almond flour for a snack or an on-the-go-breakfast.
- Serve these Blueberry Balsamic Chicken Thighs with a side of cooked quinoa and a green salad for a balanced, summery dinner.
Other Uses for Blueberries: How to Use the Fruit in Your Beauty Routine
Are There Any Health Risks Involved With Eating Blueberries?
Given the healthy nature of blueberries, it might be hard to imagine this fruit posing any health risks. But blueberries aren’t the right choice for everyone.
A Final Word on Eating Blueberries and Reaping Their Possible Health Benefits
Whether you’re buying fresh or frozen, blueberries are a perfect snack to eat on their own, and a healthy addition to smoothies, yogurt, or oatmeal. Thanks to their sweetness and juiciness, this small fruit packs a huge punch and can enhance the flavor of just about anything.
Additional reporting by Kristeen Cherney.
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