Blueberries, not just for Sal

Blueberries, not just for Sal

Blueberries are just coming into season here in the northeast, and my toddler is jumping out of his skin. One of his favorite summertime activities is to pick blueberries at his grandfather's house. Can't say we ever dissuade him from this endeavor, as purple as his little fingers get, because blueberries are jam-packed with nutrition. So eat up, Owen!

Blueberries, not just for Sal

Antioxidants are the claim to fame of blueberries, with wild blueberries being the food rated highest in antioxidants. So if you are interested in preventing heart disease and cancer, read on and see if you can eat as many blueberries as my toddler.

Blueberries for breakfast

Sprinkle fresh blueberries on cereal or stir into yogurt.

Use fresh or frozen berries in an Antioxidant Smoothie.

Add fresh or frozen berries to your favorite waffle or pancake recipe.

Blueberries for lunch

Chicken Pasta Salad with Blueberries -- snap peas, fresh basil and other unexpected accents

Blueberry and Tortellini Fruit Salad -- cheese-filled pasta with blueberries, strawberries, grapes, oranges and almonds

Blueberries for snack

Blueberry Fruit Leather -- Ever thought of making this kid favorite? If you've got parchment paper and an oven, it's a snap.

How about blueberries in a fruit salad?

Blueberry Burgers -- Blueberries are used to boost the nutrition and the moistness of ground beef.

Blueberries for dinner

Chicken Grill with Tangy Blueberry Sauce -- raspberries, vinegar and lime juice grace this sauce

Baked Squash with Blueberries -- Acorn squash lovers, this is a killer combination.

Blueberries for dessert

Dr. Weil's Healthy Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Cookies -- I hadn't heard of them either, but I would use plain yogurt instead of sour cream and always instead of sugar.

There are also a multitude of recipes for pancakes, pies and cobblers on the internet, with varying degrees of healthiness. If you get a baked good craving, you might as well include the nutritious blueberry in the mix.

What's your favorite way to eat blueberries?

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