The Benefits of Going Blue: 9 Blueberry Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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

Are you a fan of blueberries? What is your favorite way to enjoy them?

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