Here’s how and why you should be eating blueberries right now.
11 Ways to Use Blueberries
Chocolate Blueberry Crepes
You don’t have to be a native Parisian to make homemade crepes. These crepes are easy, fast, and versatile. I purposely went easy on the sugar here, since they are filled with chocolate and sweetened with blueberries.
Blueberry Juice Recipe
If you can make orange and apple juice, why not make blueberry juice, too? This recipe for juice is good enough to drink on its own, and also makes a great addition to anything you're trying to make a bit healthier whether it's ice pops, pancakes, or even chocolate chip cookies.
Honey BBQ Chicken Nuggets Recipe
There's something about chicken nuggets that make them one of the most popular kid foods in America. You can "oven-fry" instead of deep-frying, and upgrade the breading so it becomes a nutritious food instead of just a layer of simple carbs to hold the frying fat. The dipping sauce can also add delicious covert nutrition — especially when you add spinach and blueberries to it.
Sneaky Joe Sliders Recipe
This is a smoky twist on a traditional "Sloppy Joe," served up mini-style on slider buns. I especially love the subtle sweet flavor that blueberry adds to barbecue sauce — who knew? Because it isn’t bound in a patty, you can also sneak much more nutritious purée into this dish.
Blockbuster Blueberry Muffins Recipe
These days, the average supersized muffin costs you half a day’s calories and fat grams. The ones that taste good are no better than cupcakes without the icing (and the ones that are whole grain and low-fat taste just like the box they came in). If you want the best of both worlds — great taste and lower fat — these muffins may become your family’s favorite morning staple. White Bean Puree works overtime to cut the fat and provide fiber, and the oat bran and wheat germ disappear behind the world’s healthiest berry.
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Summer is known as berry season, and along with the vibrant red, pink, and black ones we see on the berry stands, we also see those perky bright blueberries sitting there just waiting to be eaten. Blueberries are delicious, packed with nutrition, and have a longer shelf life than some other berries.
At about 80 calories per cup, blueberries are one of nature’s perfect candies, serving as an entirely guilt-free snack, but that’s not all they’re good for. Recently, blueberries have come to be seen as an incredibly versatile ingredient — finding their way into everything from refreshing ice pops to tangy barbecue sauces, fudgy brownies, and juicy burgers.
As blueberries are great for snacking and cooking, they are not only the superfood of the season but one of the most nutritious berries in their field. Before getting to some of the many ways to play around with them, here are our top 10 reasons blueberries are your new best friends this summer.
TOP 10 REASONS TO EAT BLUEBERRIES:
There isn’t a meal on a midsummer day that blueberries can’t make sweeter or more delicious. Here are 11 recipes to enjoy from breakfast to dinner. All the recipes use The Sneaky Chef’s super simple Blueberry Juice or the signature Sneaky Chef Purple Purée — an incredible mix of blueberries and another super health hero, spinach.