January 12, 2014 – Blueberries are the true super heroes of fresh fruit, offering an endless list of fantastic health benefits. These little antioxidant power houses will not only boost your immune system in a big way, but may also help to improve heart health. On top of that, blueberries promote urinary tract health, brain health and eye health. Did we mention that blueberries are also unbelievably yummy? In a season where cold and flu are so prevalent, now is the time to make blueberries the rising star of your diet.
How to Choose It
When sorting through packaged blueberries, first check to make sure no berries have spots of mold. Avoid containers that are sticky or stained, which might be a sign that your berries are overripe. Blueberries should have a slight frost-white hue on top of the blue and should be plump and tender to the touch.
How to Store It
Once you bring your berries home, sort through and remove any that are damaged or moldy. Blueberries are sturdier than many other berries and can be stored in their original container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
How to Use It
While raw blueberries are the best way to get the full punch of benefits, there are plenty of ways to work blueberries into any meal of the day.
Whether waking up with a breakfast smoothie or enjoying a refreshing afternoon beverage, blueberries can find their way into a variety of your daily drink options. Try combining blueberries with other super foods in a Blueberry Coconut Avocado Smoothie. Or, if you’re looking for something lighter, whip up a pitcher of this naturally-sweetened Berry Iced Tea to share with family and friends!
Allow your blueberries to last longer by popping in the freezer for later. Dipping blueberries in Greek yogurt before freezing will offer a tasty antioxidant and protein-packed snack that you can enjoy guilt-free. Or, for a sweeter take on this better-for-you snack, try our Frozen Greek Yogurt with Blueberries– a great alternative for those late-night ice cream cravings!
Baking is a year-round pleasure – not just around the holidays! Incorporate the sweet, fresh taste of blueberries in your next batch of these Mini Blueberry Chocolate Tart.
What’s your favorite way to cook with blueberries? Tell us in the comments!