Meghan is a Nutrition Education Specialist for DPH.
Did you know July is National Blueberry Month? Since the whole month is dedicated to blueberries, what a great time to remind ourselves about the health benefits, as well as different ways we can enjoy blueberries. These delicious berries are low in calories and fat- helping to promote a healthy heart, and are loaded with antioxidants that help prevent cancer by repairing cells within the body. Not only does this fruit offer impeccable health benefits, but they are easy to eat on the go and can be added to almost anything!
About three summers ago my mom went through a phase where she loved picking her own berries. We would go blueberry picking and come home with loads of produce. For the next week or so we would make everything we could with the berries we had picked. Usually, most people eat fruits during breakfast or as a snack, so we were excited to see what we could invent with the berries for lunch and dinner. We made salads with spinach, pecans, bleu cheese, blueberries and raspberry vinaigrette. We also tried the typical blueberry pancakes and whole wheat blueberry muffins. Last but not least, was turkey with a blueberry sauce that was made with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, herbs, and blueberries. I could not believe all of the great meals we were able to make around one ingredient!
In celebration of summer and the produce that is in season, I encourage you to try new recipes and make something you have never tried before! What is your favorite way to eat blueberries? Do you have any healthy recipes you would like to share? We would love to hear from you!
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