I have had a love affair with blueberries since college…they are a burst of flavor. Nutritionally, blueberries are dynamos. Health benefits include: good sources of fiber, manganese, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6. They are also rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, which may reduce inflammation. A 1-cup serving provides 19% of the recommended amounts of Vitamin C for adult women and 84 calories.
Blueberries’ simplicity and sophistication cannot be beat; just rinse and they are ready! No cutting, chopping, etc. so you can not get much easier for a healthy snack.
Quick healthy eating ideas:
- Top Greek yogurt or breakfast cereals (hot or cold) with blueberries.
- Sprinkle them in muffins, pancakes, angel food cake or gingerbread.
- Add them to salads; they can be gently tossed into a fresh green salad or try them in a rice, couscous or other grain salad.
Blueberries lend themselves well with their sweet taste, texture, color and shape. Blueberries add a nice contrast wherever you choose to add them and are unexpected peaking out of a spinach salad. Blueberry desserts abound and peaches and blueberries make a great combination. Try my Blueberry and Peach Crisp recipe tonight; you probably have all the ingredients on hand.
Blueberries season though is relatively short. Freezing them is easy and now is the perfect time. On cold winter day, you will appreciate the taste of summer atop a bowl of hearty oatmeal.
Steps to Freeze Blueberries:
1. Rinse the blueberries gently in a colander.
2. Drain the blueberries for a few minutes. Layer paper towels on kitchen counter top. Gently spread out the blueberries and allow to dry for about 10 minutes.
3. Use a cookie sheet or large baking dish that fits in your freezer. Spread the berries in a single layer or layer the berries. Cut wax paper to fit in your dish and place between each layer of berries.
5. Fill freezer bags with the blueberries. I like using a small quart size bag. Remove as much air as possible. If you have a gadget to vacuum pack freezer bags, use it.
6. Label and date your bags and return blueberries to the freezer. The blueberries are best if eaten within 6 months.
Blueberries are a delicious food you can eat often because of their low calorie content, yet high nutrient content. Frozen berries are a great way to enjoy them well past summer.