The Power of Blueberries

by zesty on July 23, 2009 · 19 comments

Happy Thursday to you!!  Well I am on the road today to the Nova Scotia passport office.  We need to get the kids passports as we are planning a road trip to Boston in the middle of August.  Boston you say? Yes Boston!  I am attending the Healthy Living Summit on August 15th.  I am very excited and looking forward to presenting at the conference.

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On to the topic of the day… blueberries.  I was driving home from the office today and I decided to stop by the super market and pick up a few things.  As soon as I walked in the door I saw a big blueberry stand.  I was thrilled and picked up a couple of boxes.  One for the drive home, and one for later.

Did you realize that BLUEBERRIES are amazing for you?

How to choose a good Blueberry

Blueberries are literally bursting with nutrients and flavor, yet very low in calories.  Choose blueberries that are firm and have a lively color. Shake the container, noticing whether the berries have the tendency to move freely; if they do not, this may indicate that they are soft and damaged or moldy. Avoid berries that appear dull in color or are soft and watery in texture. When purchasing frozen berries, shake the bag gently to ensure that the berries move freely and are not clumped together, which may suggest that they have been thawed and refrozen.

Blueberry Tips

Fresh berries are very fragile and should be washed briefly and carefully and then patted dry if they are not organic. Wash berries just prior to use to avoid prematurely removing the protective bloom that resides on the skin’s surface.  When using frozen berries in recipes that do not require cooking, thaw well and drain prior to using. For cooked recipes, use frozen berries since this will ensure maximum flavor.  Extend the cooking time a few minutes to accommodate for the frozen berries.

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A few quick serving ideas

Add frozen blueberries to your breakfast shake. Fresh or dried blueberries add a colorful punch to cold breakfast cereals. For a deliciously elegant dessert, layer yogurt and blueberries in wine glasses then top with granola.

Try some blueberry toast , a  simple berry smoothie or a savory dish with blueberries and chicken.

So there you have it!  Zesty does blueberries.  I hope you have a great day and I will see you on Friday for the week’s end.

Take care

zesty

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1 Pam

I always have blueberries in the freezer and this year when my sister went to pick me some…they were huge! Delish!

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2 Shelby

Blueberries are my favorite berry!

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3 Gina

Oh yeah, I love me some blueberries! I actually buy a lot of frozen blueberries and add them to my cereal (they keep my milk cold!). I love summer because the fresh blueberries are very cheap now, which is a nice little change.
Boston in August? That summit sounds like a great event! I can’t wait to hear about it.

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4 Danica

I LOVE sprinkling blueberries on everything too! They are the best when you get them fresh from the Farmer’s Market – that is when they don’t last too long in our house. But, I do buy them up in season to freeze them and use throughout the year in smoothies, oatmeal, baking, etc.

Have fun getting the kiddos their PassPorts – yeah!

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5 jenny t.

I hope you enjoy your time in Boston and the Healthy Living Summit. I work at a Nutrition Research Center in Boston and my office is right down the hallway from the famous “Blueberry Man” who does a lot of research on cognition, aging and blueberries. His name is Dr. James Joseph in case you are interested!

Let me know if you need any specific tips on good places to eat while you are here!
-jt

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6 Angie All The Way

Isn’t the summer weather beautiful in NS? :-P

Whoever doesn’t love blueberries is out of their minds! Love your tip about baking with them frozen!

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7 Julia Mason

I hope you have a great time in Boston! But on the blueberrys, I have to say I do not care for them. I can eat blueberry muffins or waffles, but if the blueberry is in pies or other dessert where it is discoloring the material it is in, I cannot eat it. So I stick to my muffin and waffles for my blueberry nutrition values.

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8 Gourmet Mama

There you have it blueberries. Something to look forward to for some healthy recipes. Thanks for sharing your blueberry tips. I’m definitely going to make use of this info for my next recipe.

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9 eatlivetravelwrite

Lovely blueberry post!
Looking forward to meeting you in person in Boston!

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10 bobbi

I love me some blueberries, so wish I could go to the Blogger Summitt!

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11 Whole Body Love

I forgot that I have frozen blueberries in my freezer! The blueberry toast looks super tempting! I always just added them to my oats with vanilla yogurt and cinnamon. The blueberry chicken is something I have never seen before. I love your innovative recipes.

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12 Jessie

Ohhhh I love blueberries, it’s one of my favorite fruits. It is loaded with anti-oxidants and lots of other benefits as well. I’m planning on making a batch of blueberry muffins sometime next week!

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13 pigpigscorner

The bluberry toast looks amazing!

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14 Jen @ MaplenCornbread

Oh I wish I was attending the Summit!!! I cant wait to hear of your adventures there :)

I eat blueberries daily but Ill be honest, Ive never had them smothered over chicken!! I am going to try this! Thanks :)

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15 Chris

Greeting from the West Coast of Canada.

I remember picking blueberries when I lived in NB – loved them. The warm sun. Innocence. Anthills.

In BC we grow a lot of blueberries – second largest producer of blues in North America. I work with BC Blues and if you like blueberries you might enjoy the website at http://www.bcblueberry.com/

The Summit event sounds great – have a great event.

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