The Benefits of Going Blue: 9 Blueberry Recipes

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2/20/2013 6:00 AM   :  20 comments   :  32,727 Views

There's no more perfect time of year than right now to start cooking with blueberries. This Native American gem is flavorful and loaded with outstanding nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. A recent study from a Harvard School of Public Health found that eating three or more servings per week can reduce a woman’s risk of heart attack by as much as 33%. Research is also finding that eating blueberries helps with mental wellness and can improve your memory too. Even when they're not in season, I keep them in my freezer and pop them into my hot cereal or right into the Vitamix blender for smoothies. The next time you are at the market, grab a basket of blueberries and enjoy how these recipes will help you become a healthier and happier you. 
 



Blueberry Flax Seed Muffins


These healthful muffins freeze well! Low-fat buttermilk and applesauce help lower the fat in these, and the whole-wheat flour and flax seed add fiber.

CALORIES: 138.8  |  FAT: 1.5g  |  PROTEIN: 3.6g  |  CARBS: 33.9g  |  FIBER: 2.6g
 



Garden Salad with Beets & Blueberries


Colorful and delicious, this salad is satisfying both in taste and appearance.

CALORIES: 210.8  |  FAT: 7g  |  PROTEIN: 22.3g  |  CARBS: 16g  |  FIBER: 4.4g
 


Breakfast Quinoa with Blueberries


Enjoy this gluten-free high-protein alternative to oatmeal.

CALORIES: 280.4  |  FAT: 3g  |  PROTEIN: 10.5g  |  CARBS: 51.1g  |  FIBER: 4g
 


Light Lemon Blueberry Donuts


At 300 calories a pop, donuts are an easy way to wreck a healthy breakfast. Not my baked ones. They're bursting with fruit and flavor--not fat!

CALORIES: 104.9  |  FAT: 1.9g  |  PROTEIN: 2.4g  |  CARBS: 21g  |  FIBER: 2.2g



Banana Blueberry Smoothies from Daisy Brand® 


A quick and easy snack filled with healthy goodness!

CALORIES: 191.8  |  FAT: 2.2g  |  PROTEIN: 12.6g  |  CARBS: 34.1g  |  FIBER: 2.4



Peach Blueberry Parfaits from Daisy Brand®


A healthy way to start the day.

CALORIES: 350  |  FAT: 6g  |  PROTEIN: 19g  |  CARBS: 60g  |  FIBER: 5



Curried Chicken Salad w/Blueberries & Pecans


A makeover to the traditional chicken salad recipes.

CALORIES: 172.7  |  FAT: 11g  |  PROTEIN: 13.9g  |  CARBS: 4.6g  |  FIBER: 1.2g



Blueberries and Cream Cupcakes 



CALORIES: 181.2  |  FAT: 13.4g  |  PROTEIN: 2.4g  |  CARBS: 10.2g  |  FIBER: 1.8g
 


Blueberry Bread Pudding


Makes for a great way to start or end the day. Enjoy this recipe for dessert or breakfast.
 


Coach Dean's Blue Oatmeal


Fuel your day with this hearty, healthy breakfast.

CALORIES: 214.2  |  FAT: 5.7g  |  PROTEIN: 6.9g  |  CARBS: 38.4g  |  FIBER: 7.5g

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Comments

  • 20
    Even though I'm - ahem - obviously a big fan of raspberries :) , I can get behind these recipes as well - they look yummy! Yeah, blueberries rock, too! :) - 9/20/2014   5:42:33 AM
  • 19
    Yum!! - 3/31/2014   6:43:40 PM
  • 18
    I cannot wait to make and serve the Blueberry Lemon Donuts to my guests and the B&B - 3/10/2013   12:40:14 PM
  • 17
    WOW I can't wait to try the Lemon Blueberry donuts! - 3/6/2013   12:34:31 PM
  • 16
    Remember to wash blueberries thoroughly--they're one of the most pesticide-laden fresh foods, along with all berries. - 2/25/2013   12:44:42 PM
  • ANTBEF
    15
    Some have stated that blueberries are too expensive. I always thought so too until I started trying to eat healthier. They seem to be on sale each week. This week one pint is 2 for $5 at one store or buy one/one free at another. Better than a bag of chips or wasted calories !!! - 2/25/2013   7:25:49 AM
  • 14
    My favorite way is right out of the bucket after picking them. Hurry up, blueberry season! - 2/21/2013   7:09:08 PM
  • 13
    Wonderful Ideas and recipes!!! I stock up on blueberries when in season and freeze them. One of my favorite recipes is a SP one for spinach leaves with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries with red onion rings, feta cheese and raspberry vinaigrette!!! Yummy and we make it when those fruits are in season! - 2/21/2013   6:25:57 PM
  • 12
    They are much to expensive for my frugal budget. - 2/21/2013   4:08:29 PM
  • MZNAYLUV
    11
    I love blueberries! Yummy! - 2/21/2013   1:34:41 PM
  • 10
    I put blueberries in my oatmeal every morning.a practice I have done for YEARS......but with the price going up & up I may have to give them up :(. I think I may try the blueberry bread pudding.looks awesome!!! - 2/21/2013   9:18:23 AM
  • 9
    Hey!!! My recipe is posted here!!! Was looking for more inspiration and... my blueberry bread pudding (with light rye) is on this list!!!
    Thanks ... please let me know what you think if you try it.... :0)
    I also make a great blueberries and beets salad! - 2/21/2013   7:00:09 AM
  • 8
    You forgot the BEST blueberry recipe! Ingredient: blueberries. Directions: rinse blueberries and pop into mouth. - 2/20/2013   3:50:55 PM
  • 7
    Can't wait to try some of these as they all sound great!! - 2/20/2013   12:25:39 PM
  • 6
    These recipes sound delicious. I can't wait to try them. - 2/20/2013   11:07:11 AM
  • 5
    blueberry juice has been reported to actually reverse urinary tract infections. we have 2 blueberry bushes and i love having fresh blueberries. thanks for the recipes!! - 2/20/2013   10:55:57 AM
  • 4
    Blueberries are abundant in my community during the season and I love new ideas for using them. Thanks! - 2/20/2013   10:16:00 AM
  • 3
    Love blueberries! It will be a while before I can get US grown, but the Chilian one's are okay (not nearly as much flavor)... I add them to my greek yogurt for a powerhouse breakfast! - 2/20/2013   7:59:12 AM
  • 2
    The Blueberry Flax muffins sound great. I'm always looking for ways to get flax in my kids diet!! - 2/20/2013   6:57:23 AM
  • PINKKITTY65
    1
    thank you I love blueberries they have many health benifits thanks for the share this fruit has so many - 2/20/2013   6:32:02 AM

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