Guess what…It’s blueberry season! Blueberries are one of those powerhouse foods that make every ‘most nutritious’ or ‘top 10 must have’ foods list. Rarely does one come across a person that does not like blueberries, and kids can also love them because they are both sweet and, well, blue!
There are many great ways to incorporate blueberries into one’s diet, including my top 5 recommendations:
- Freeze them – Begin by washing a pint or two of blueberries, letting them air dry, and then freezing them overnight in Ziploc freezer bags. They make a great snack and last a long time since they are frozen and take longer to eat. They also taste like little popsicle bites…
- Mix with Greek Yogurt, Stevia, and chopped nuts – not only does this make a balanced meal (healthy fat from nuts, protein from yogurt, and fiber/carbs from berries), but also it tastes like dessert!
- Sprinkle over salads – start with spinach, then add goat cheese, pecans, and a little vinaigrette; top with a generous handful of blueberries. To add a bit more substance, mix in some Quinoa or another light grain of choice.
- Oatmeal! Try oatmeal or oat bran topped with our fruit du jour. For added sweetness and texture sprinkle in ground flax seeds and a little brown sugar or maple syrup (or stevia for a no-calorie alternative).
- Shake it up – a cup of Blueberries along with a cup of ice, 1/2 cup milk of choice, protein powder (something organic with few ingredients and little processing, see www.wholefoods.com for options) and sweetener if desired tastes like ice cream while serving as a filling snack or meal replacement option.
Always remember to wash your berries well…you can also soak them in grapefruit seed extract (3-5 minutes) for a natural fruit and vegetable cleaning option. Check out Nutribiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract.
Most of all, enjoy one of the best foods of spring and summer!