Blueberries - Amazing - Facts - And - Recipes

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Amazing Facts About Blueberries

I remember my grandparents describing to me how they loved eating blueberries when they were kids. The only blueberries available back then were wild. They would fill their "gunny sacks" as full as possible. Once they were home, they would count the berries to see who picked the most. The winner was given a blueberry pie all their own.

Some Blueberry Facts You May Not Know ~

  • Did you know that the native americans called blueberries "star berries.?" Notice the five points of a star made by the blossom itself.
  • If you go back to the eighteenth century, you'll find that blueberries were used for medicinal purposes. And in Germany they were used for coughs, as a diuretic, a treatment for gout and even for problems with diarrhea. I find that just amazing. It makes me wonder why blueberries aren't "prescribed" today for these maladies.
  • And here's another fact that you probably haven't heard. During WWII night vision was improved after eating blueberry/bilberry jam.
  • Now Honey Bees can't reach far enough down into the flower to pollinate it. But both Mason Bees and Bumble Bees can, however, pollinate blueberries. So be nice to these bees. The Bumble Bee gets a bad rap. Let's appreciate these "honey's" for their service to us.
  • Blueberries are one of the most healthful foods we can consume mostly because they're full of anti-oxidants. But as you read on, you'll discover other reasons these tasty blue morsels are important for good health.
  • And here's a fact that blew my mind. Blueberries help to improve balance. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a study was done, showing that " a diet rich in blueberry extract, reversed some loss of balance and coordination and short term memory in aging rats." (Taken from Journal of Neuroscience, Sept. Issue.)
  • You thought that only carrots were good for the eyes? Well so are blueberries. "Anthocyanins" are found in blueberries and have been credited with capacity to modulate cognitive and motor function, to enhance memory, and to have a role in preventing age-related declines in neural function. (J Biomed Biotechnol. 2004 December 1; 2004(5): 306–313.doi: 10.1155/S111072430440401X)

Pretty interesting stuff.

Chili with bluberries and a dollap of yogurt on top
Chili with bluberries and a dollap of yogurt on top | Source

10 Different Ways to Eat Blueberries

Some of you may have tried some of these various ways to eat blueberries, but then again, maybe not. Let me know by leaving your comments following this hub. And if you have a recipie that isn't listed here, please include that as well.

1. Blueberry Chili - Just add a cup or two of blueberries to your standard home-made chili. The blueberries add a hint of sweetness that you will not soon forget.

2. Yogurt and blueberries - This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy blueberries. Simply sprinkle the berries as a topping or stir into the yogurt. Add a few sunflower seeds or other varieties of nuts.

3. Blueberry Pie - Only 1 small slice now.

4. Bluberry Cobbler - Oh go ahead and enjoy a bowl full along with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream or cold milk.

5. Garden Salad with Bluberries - Very healthy as long as you watch the dressing. Use a variety of fresh vegetables - organic is preferred.

Blueberry frozen pops
Blueberry frozen pops | Source

6. Bluberries and Chocolate - Serve fresh blueberries covered with melted chocolate. You can also harden the chocolate by refrigerating the blueberries and chocolate.

7. Make a Blueberry Smoothie - Blend blueberries, greek yougurt, skim or almond milk with a drop of vanilla and honey or stevia. Add a banana for potassium. I like to add a little wheat germ or flaxseed too. If berries are frozen the smoothie will be thicker.

8. Blueberry Muffins - Simply add fresh berries to your muffin or cake mix. Tastes great.

9. Blueberry Pancakes - Add blueberries to your pancake or waffle batter. When done, smother with butter and sprinkle powdered sugar.

10. Cereal - Fresh blueberries can be added to almost any breakfast cereal and granola. This combination is certain to give you that extra boost for the day.

Be sure to tickle your palate with blueberries at least 3-5 times a week. Your immune system will thank you and so will your brain.

Blueberry Trivia

~Early American colonists made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk.


~North America produces nearly 90% of world blueberry production (2005).

~During the Civil War of the 1860s, blueberries were collected, packaged, and sent to Union troops for use as a food staple.

~July is National Blueberry Month because that is the peak of the harvest season.

Main,Michigan, Canada, Quebec, Nova Scotia grow our supply of blueberries.

Anyone remember this song besides me?

Storing Blueberries

Blueberries can be stored up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Do not wash until you're ready to eat them. It's a good idea to store them in either a plastic bag or plastic container to keep them from contaminating other foods.

If you choose to freeze blueberries you may want to wash them first. This way you can snack on a few knowing they're clean. Wash them gently and let them dry completely before freezing. Place in a Ziplock bag removing as much air as possible to reduce freezer burn. Label each bag with the date.

Use This Recipe As A Mask For Your Skin

In addition to the benefits of blueberries when eaten, they are also good to apply to the skin. Try this blueberry/chocolate face mask.

In a bowl mix the following:

  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (hot cocoa mix will work!)
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream

Make sure it is mixed well and that the berries are well crushed.

  1. Pull your hair back or wear a shower cap to protect it.
  2. Gently spread mixture on face and neck, avoiding the eyes.
  3. Leave on for 10 minutes while you relax with a nice hot cup of blueberry tea.
  4. Using a soft wet washcloth, gently remove the mask using circular motions,
  5. Moisturize with your favorite moisturizer

Always protect your face with a sunscreen of at least an SPF of 30.

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

In my earlier, highly wound days, I was downright skinny. But, now that I am dumb and happy, the fat part seems to fit right in.

I need to drop about 20 pounds.

Up and funny!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I believe we eat because it is there. Once we have the first, oh 3 spoonfuls, we could stop. The taste is what we crave. But we make a huge portion and eat it. When I got serious about being healthy and at a good weight, I put away my dinner plates. Now I serve on salad plates and we are always full. Isn't that interesting?

Anyway, I like your Hub. Did I leave enough comments? I did vote. PLEASE do not unleash that dog on me.....


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi vocalcoach - awesome hub!!! This is a perfect guilt-free snack and blueberries are so very good for you. I rate myself as an emotional and physical eater - I get very "loopy" if I haven't eaten for more than 4 hours but I do have to be careful what I grab for a snack. Like you, I enjoy grabbing something to snack on in the evenings.

I see you are doing the 30 hubs in 30 day challenge? Excellent! You should swing by the forum and post your links in there, too.

http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/18049

Keep on writing!

Cloverleaf.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Now Vocalcoach - I'm a little worried when you say you fall asleep when ever you are sedentary (such as watching tv) are you possibly sleep deprived or have sleep apnea? Sorry for being forward but that is a sigh of sleep deprivation!

The snack did sound perfect! I sometimes make jello cubes and serve it with whipped cream for dessert! Yum!


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Great hub. For me it's healthy snacks that are already cut up like carrots or fruit and at meals it's small plates.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California

Haha VC!!! This was great! I recognized myself in this. You can get as many different opinions as the number of people you ask on how you should eat. My theory is...you're going to die with something-GO HAPPY!


writer20 5 years ago

How about fat free natural yogurt with berries. It can taste a little tart but fruit takes out the tartness.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I seem to eat on a set schedule...I know that if I break that schedule I'm in trouble.;)


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quildon 5 years ago from Florida

As long as your body doesn't show that you're a mindless eater, I say, ENJOY! And don't feel guilty. What would life be without these little pleasures?


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Will - You are as delicious as my blueberry delight and I would guess that most of us could stand to lose about 20 pounds. My goal is 12 pounds + 5 more for the whip cream :) Appreciate the UP rating, my friend. Blessings.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I can relate. When i come to my computer, for some unknown reason, i want a snack. It definitely is a trigger for me. Thank's for sharing. Voted up and away....


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This is a completely delicious Hub. Now, I have a craving.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Eating tiny meals five or six times per day also naturally speed up the metabolism. I am quite hungry now for that blueberry snack. I would substitute the cool whip for my favorite low fat yogurt. I love yogurt!


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan

That's why I have to keep going to Weight Watcher's meetings all the time, or I'd eat myself right back to the weight I was. I'm a "lifetime" for over three years now. One thing I will tell you is that instead of ignoring your growling stomach - have a piece of fruit with a very small piece of chicken breast. Don't ignore your stomach while trying to overcome the triggers or you'll just binge later. That's what works for me. Good article so many can relate to!


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allpurposeguru 5 years ago from North Carolina

I'm on the see food diet. I keep trying to remember that mindful eating is important. Really concentrate on how good the meal or the snack tastes and, as you say, make it small. With mindless eating, I'm likely to gobble a bunch of pretzels or crackers or something else I'm really not all that fond of, simply because it's within reach. If I don't enjoy it, why eat it?

Voted up. Interesting.

BTW, love the dog picture. Does it help you get comments? I've got just the picture to put that comment on somehow.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

allpurposeguru - Sure like your comments. And like you...focusing completely on what I put in my mouth is important. Really listening to my body.

This is my first time, using the little dog photo, so not sure if it attracts more comments. The more you take the time to leave comments on other hubs, the more likely you are to attract more comments on your own hubs.

It is very time consuming, but that's how it works. Begin with taking 30 minutes or so doing nothing but reading and commenting on hubs. See for yourself how you begin to build a following.

Make it a great day!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mckbirdbks - And I am craving one of your delicious hubs!

So, excuse me while I go see what's brewing in your neck of the woods. Oh - and gracias, mi amigo for your constant support. Adios!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

I'm on the seafood diet, too, Audrey. I only eat when I see food.

I don't watch much TV but when I do, I also like to snack. I didn't get too excited about your blueberry delight but the See Chocolates made me salivate. They are the BEST!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Research does suggest the small/often meals. It is a different way of life. Moderation is important! Good luck!!


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MegStarr 5 years ago from Texas

Your Hub made me think. I'm a pastry chef. I'm around sweet stuff all day. I normally dont 'SAMPLE" anything while I'm working or at work, normally dont cravings for sweets either, well except brownies they are my down fall, but everything else no. Before I became a pastry chef I was a BIG sweet eater now not so much. I eat more fruit and Veggies then I use to. Is it because I'm around it all day and smell it that my mind gets its fill just by the smells?


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Watching TV and snacking, the two go hand in hand!

I must admit you got me craving some blueberries!

Voting up and thanks for sharing.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

This really made me think about my own eating habits and how much of an emotional eater I really am! I tend to use sweets and foods that I crave, ice cream, candy etc. as a reward and if I start, I really overdo it! If I don't have any then I am fine! It's not the weight, I have always been on the thin side, it's how I feel and I am not in good physical shape!

Very thought provoking hub! Thanks for sharing this Audrey!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Mentalist - I am going to do my best to comment. I'ts going on 1:00 AM, just finished hub#6 (for the challenge) and have scrambled brains.

I prefer the discipline of set schedule also. Going to do my best to phase out of emotional eating :)

Thank you my friend for your support!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

writer20 - I actually do eat greek fat free yogurt. I add pineapple for the extra sweetness. Thanks!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

breakfastpop - Good tips and they really do help. I love carrots, so I'd better get busy and pick up a bag of baby carrots. Carrots also make me thirsty which is good. I'm sure to get my 8 glasses in every day. Thanks.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

RealHousewife - YOU diagnosed my sleep apnea 13 months before the doctors did. I was looking over this hub (to revise) and came upon YOUR comments. I almost fell off my chair! WHY didn't I listen to YOU? You nailed it! Just wanted you to know how magnificent you are and from now on I'm seeing KELLY first :) Thankyou my angel!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Audrey (vocalcoach),

I'm toasting you with some blueberry pomegranate juice...it's what I was drinking as I read your wonderful article.

Your photographs and suggestions are terrific. I'd especially love some blueberry ice cream or sorbet right now!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Audrey,

This is a BOOtiful variety of information about one of my favorite berries. Ooohh that ice cream looks especially fabulous.

You have given me Food for Thought as I plan my grocery shopping for the morning.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Yummy blueberries...I think my favorite is in smoothies...Great hub with wonderful ideas! I love the mindless eating video! Thank you Audrey!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Audrey,

Great suggestions on ways to eat blueberries. I will pass on the cool whip though.

I like eating blueberries with other berries such as strawberries. The other day I bought some maple syrup butter and added a little to my berries. Delicious!

Voted up and yummy.

Sharing and hoping this raises the score of your lowest scoring hub.

Have a good evening. :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I love blueberries! They are my favorite fruit. Blueberry pancakes are one of my favorite treats! Blueberry muffins would have to be next. I make a blueberry-banana ice box pie that is really good! (There is a hub on it) :) I guess I am a physical eater. I only eat when I get hungry, well usually anyway. Great information and you are making me hungry now! Voted this up and more! :)


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TattooKitty 4 years ago from Hawaii

Blueberries are fantastical!! You've captured a wonderful list of different ways to enjoy them...thanks for sharing!! Voted up!


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

vocalcoach this is a wonderful article. Thanks for sharing.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Blueberry Pie! Delish! Now I'll need to have one slice. Thanks for the reminder Audrey! :)


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

I hate to burst your bubble about "guilt free, fat free Cool Whip." There's nothing healthy or even safe about eating it. Here's the ingredient list:

Cool Whip Fat Free: Water, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Adds a Negligible Amount of Fat) (Coconut and Palm Kernel Oils), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Less than Two Percent of Sodium Caseinate (from Milk), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Modified Food Starch, Xanthan and Guar Gums, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 65, Sorbitan Monostearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Beta Carotene (Color).

This stuff is in no way good for anyone! You'd be better off eating your blueberries plain. They contain enough natural fructose to satisfy your sweet tooth, and if you partially freeze them and add to other real fruit in a smoothie, you'll get the smoothness you obviously like. Real food is so much better for us than "stuff" processed with chemicals. (No where on the Cool Whip label is is called "food.")

Hope I didn't ruin your day.....I'm glad you like blueberries, and your other choices are healthier. I hope you can wean yourself away from the Cool Whip--any variety. Your good health will thank you!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Daisy - I love blueberry pomegranate juice. I'm out, so am toasting with you drinking gatorade instead:) Doesn't that blueberry ice cream just make you salivate? You're a dream for being here and supporting me. Thank you!

marcoujor - You are here! Wow - thank you. I love your comments. When you make out your shopping list be sure to add a hug from me :)

Sunnie - Thank you so much for taking time out to read and comment. I'm with you and like the smoothie the best. Glad you like the video about mindless eating. ( something I'm learning to control) Cheers!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Blueberries and yogurt are a favorite way to eat them in this house. I occasionally add the dried versions to bran muffins which are also good in place of raisins. Haven't had a blueberry pancake in ages! Will have to correct that soon. Thanks for this useful and interesting hub. Up votes and sharing.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Sueswan - Your maple syrup butter sounds so good. I've not heard of it before. It's on my shopping list:) I really want to thank you for being here. With all this new action I'm just waiting to see this hub take a leap up. Thanks so much!

sgbrown - So glad to see you here! I appreciate your comments on blueberries. And I'm going to your hub to learn how to make your recipe on blueberry banana icebox pie. Sounds delicious. Thank you for your vote up and more!

TattooKitty - Love your name! I'm thrilled to find you here and more than pleased that you liked my list of 10 ways to eat blueberries. Thanks for the vote up!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Lastheart - Hello. It's a treat to see you here. Thanks for reading my hub and taking time to comment. You will see me soon in your neck of the woods:)


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iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

Blueberries and chocolates? Sounds novel to me but, I would try them sometime. :)


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

As blueberries are almost always imported, finding a blueberry pie in Mexico is quite unlikely and making one very expensive.... I have never tried a blueberry pie but I reckon it must taste delicious.

The three ways in which I occasionally do eat blueberries is in smoothies, with yogurt and, the most usual one and that is not in your list: in jams.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Jay - Thanks for bringing the bad effects of coolwhip to my attention. You are so good to care enough to list the ingredients. Yuck! The printing is so small on the label I can't even read it.

I am no longer buying it and I thank you for teaching me about the ingredients found in it.


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compu-smart 3 years ago from London UK

Thanks for all this useful information about blueberries.

I find it hard to have them fresh everyday in the house, so I now eat them everyday either fresh, as dried fruit and I recently bought a jar of organic blueberry jam.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

compu-smart - You are so welcome! I enjoy fresh blueberries as well. Love them with my yogurt. When I can't find fresh, I buy frozen and make a blueberry smoothy - yummy!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I wish I could eat them everyday but we just don't have them here. Many times they're not good from the store. Good information. Voted up and tweet.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi moonlake - One way I use blueberries when I can't find good fresh ones is to buy organic frozen and blend them in a smoothie. Delicious! Thanks for the vote up and the tweet. ~ Audrey


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits. I add them to almost every smoothie that I make! I love them not only for their taste but also for their health benefits. Thanks for sharing all the useful and interesting information about blueberries, Audrey. I'll share this hub.


suzettenaples 2 years ago

Blueberries are my favorite berry. The ones from Maine are the best! I love all the ideas for using blueberries especially the face mask. However I think I would eat it up before I'd get it on my face. Blueberries and chocolate together is just too much . LOL!


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carol7777 2 years ago from Arizona

I usually grab a handful several times during the day. I love them..In winter we do the frozen blueberries.


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Audrey-what a perfect summer hub to read. I'm inspired to try the mask! Thanks for all of the great blueberry tidbits and walk up Blueberry Hill, lol (((HUGS)))

Sharing; UP/U/I/A


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

AliciaC - Thank you for your nice comments. I'm glad to know that you are sharing this hub. Appreciate it!

carol7777 - I think you're idea is a good one. It's one way to keep healthy. I also use frozen berries in the winter. Thanks!

Denise Handlon - I actually use this mask a couple of times a month and just love it. My dog manages to lick a little off my face. :) So nice to see you here Denise and thanks for the hugs, votes and sharing. Hugs back.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I was excited when I saw the mention of chocolate alone! I love these berries and try to eat them often. I may give your chili suggestion a try soon.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Audrey, one of my favorite breakfasts is a couple of tablespoons cottage cheese topped with blueberries, ground cinnamon, and walnuts. It's yummy, filling and gives a good start to the day. When I worked out of the home I'd often package it up and take it to the office. It's easily eaten while you work.


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vocalcoach 24 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

suzettenaples

I will be looking for blueberries from Maine. Thanks for this tip. I'm with you about the chocolate-blueberry mask. Yummy!

teaches12345

Chocolate and blueberries is an awesome combination. I'm thrilled that blueberries are such a great health benefit because I love to eat them. Thanks. Audrey

bravewarrior

I apologize for this late response. I tried your recipe for the cottage cheese with blueberries, cinnamon and walnuts and it is to die for! Thanks so much for sharing this delicious breakfast treat.

Hugs,

Audrey

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