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

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LOSER05 8/28/2020
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CKOUDSI617 6/9/2020
I LOVE blueberries! I'm having some right now! Thanks for these ideas!
PATRICIAANN46 4/26/2020
Thank You for the delicious recipes. Report
_CYNDY55_ 1/14/2020
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EVILCECIL 10/27/2019
Blueberries are great. Report
Thanks for the recipes. I love blueberries and all these sound so yummy! Report
Love blueberries Report
All of them look very good, but I think I would like to try the blueberry bread pudding. Report
Blueberries are on my shopping list every week. Report
Delicious ideas! Report
I love blueberries. I make blueberry freezer jam a lot Report
I love blueberries. I would eat any of these. Report
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I love my blueberries and soon I will not be able to get fresh ones until next year so I am freezing some for the fall and winter. Then back to the frozen until next summer. Will have to check out some of these recipes too! Report
Plan to pick blueberries this week! Report
I am a fan of blueberries Report
I eat a low fat high fiber blueberry bran muffin everyday for breakfast. When there in season I eat them everyday. They have been said they are a super food. Yet a British study said while foods are good for you. I eat them because there tasty low calorie and good for you. Report
I love adding blueberries to my "Green Smoothies" Report
Blueberries are my favorite food, not just my favorite fruit. Thanks for some new suggestions. Report
My go to blueberry breakfast is old-fashion oatmeal with 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1 Tbsp of sliced almonds and 1 tsp. of almond extract. Yummo! Report
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! :) Report
I cannot wait to make and serve the Blueberry Lemon Donuts to my guests and the B&B Report
WOW I can't wait to try the Lemon Blueberry donuts! Report
Remember to wash blueberries thoroughly--they're one of the most pesticide-laden fresh foods, along with all berries. Report
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 !!! Report
My favorite way is right out of the bucket after picking them. Hurry up, blueberry season! Report
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! Report
They are much to expensive for my frugal budget. Report
I love blueberries! Yummy! Report
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!!! Report
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! Report
You forgot the BEST blueberry recipe! Ingredient: blueberries. Directions: rinse blueberries and pop into mouth. Report
Can't wait to try some of these as they all sound great!! Report
These recipes sound delicious. I can't wait to try them. Report
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!! Report
Blueberries are abundant in my community during the season and I love new ideas for using them. Thanks! Report
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! Report
The Blueberry Flax muffins sound great. I'm always looking for ways to get flax in my kids diet!! Report
thank you I love blueberries they have many health benifits thanks for the share this fruit has so many Report