Mouthwatering Blueberry Recipes

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Health benefits of blueberries

Blueberries are a very versatile fruit. Not only are they delicious in their own right but they make great, juices, jellies, jams, desserts, pancakes and muffins, just to name a few. They also have some really great health benefits.

1. Blueberries neutralizes fee radicals that can affect disease and aging in the body

2. They aid in the reduction of belly fat, lower triglycerides, and lower cholesterol.

3. Help promote urinary tract health by inhibiting the growth of bacteria along the lining of the urinary tract.

4. They have been proven to preserve vision because of high level of anthocyanosides found in the berry. They also have been found to slow down age related eye problems such as macular degeneration, cataracts and myopia.

5. They can prevent and even heal some brain disorders. They also can heal damaged brain cells and keep your memory sharp.

6. Their high fiber content helps to dissolve bad cholesterol. This makes it an ideal food to help cure or prevent many heart diseases.

7. The fiber also helps prevent constipation.

8. They contain compounds that are excellent in preventing certain types of cancer such as colon or liver cancer.

9. The antioxidants found in this fruit help prevent infections.

10. Rich in vitamins C, A, D and B complex, antioxidants, copper, selenium, zinc, and iron.

I have included some healthy low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-sugar recipes so you can have the full healthy effect of blueberries without any of the unwanted extras.


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Blueberry Trivia

  • Blueberries are the second most popular berry in the United States.
  • Over 20 million pounds of blueberries are grown every year in North America.
  • Soldiers in the Civil War would drink a drink containing blueberries because of it's health benefits.
  • Blueberries may change colors when they are cooked. When combined with acids such as lemon and vinegar it causes the blue pigment to turn a reddish color.
  • Blueberries are the official fruit of Nova Scotia.
  • Native Americans once called them Star Berries.
  • At least 50 different species of blueberries have been identified.
  • Blueberry jelly beans were created especially for Ronald Reagan.
  • Blueberries won't ripen once they are picked.
  • British Colombia is the second largest produced of blueberries in the world.
  • The blueberry muffin is the official muffin of Minnesota.
  • Wild blueberries contain more brain saving bioflavonoids than the domestic ones.v
  • July is National Blueberry Month in the U. S.
  • Blueberries are related to azaleas, camellias, heather, and rhododendrons.
  • Early colonists made grey paint out of blueberries by boiling them in milk.
  • Blueberries are a good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
  • The blueberry is the official state fruit of New Jersey.
  • In Sweden, dried blueberries are used to treat childhood diarrhea
  • August is Blueberry Month in British Columbia..
  • The Blueberry is one of the few fruits that are native to North America.
  • Blueberry juice was used by the early Americans to treat a cough, during childbirth as a relaxant, and to treat issues of digestion.

Blueberry Recipes
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Very Berry Blueberry Crisp

Ingredients:

2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen

1/3 cup or equivalent sugar substitute

1 tbsp fat-free margarine, cold and cut into small pieces

1/3 cup or equivalent brown sugar substitute

1/4 cup fat-free margarine

2/3 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

2/3 cup quick cooking oats

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Spray large casserole dish with butter flavor cooking oil spray.

Mix together all berries and add sugar substitute. Place into casserole dish.

Spread small pieces of cut up cold butter across fruit.

Combine rest of ingredients and mix well. Spread mixture over the berries.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until topping is browned.


Blueberry Cream Dream

Ingredients:

1 pkg sugar-free mixed berry gelatin

2 pkg sugar-free tapioca pudding

1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed

1 16-oz container of whipped cream

1 1/2 cups boiling water

Directions:

In a large bowl whisk together mixed berry gelatin mix, tapioca pudding mix and boiling water until mixes are dissolved.

Add thawed blueberries.

Fold in whipped cream

Enjoy

Blueberry Topping

Ingredients:

2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen

1/2 cup or equivalent sugar substitute

1/4 cup or equivalent brown sugar substitute

4 tsp cornstarch

1/2 cup water

Combine sugars and cornstarch in a large saucepan and gradually stir in water. Turn burner on to medium heat and add berries. Bring to boil stirring constantly.

Boil for 1 minute, stir occasionally.

Serve over pancakes, waffles, french toast, ice cream, angel food cake, pound cake and anything else you can think of.

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

My problem with blueberries is that I go out a pick a ton, then live on them for 3 days and never get around to the recipe - we've gobbled them all up. Going to link you to my blueberry hub. Happy Blueberry Season!


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

I love blueberry muffins!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

I could eat my weight in blueberries, Delores Monet, so I can understand the problem. Thanks for your comment.

Cindyvine, I love them myself, thanks for stopping by.


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Seakay 6 years ago from Florida

Blueberries on cereal, blueberries on ice cream, blueberries by themselves.... it's all good and healthy! (Low Fat ice cream, of course...LOL)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

You're absolutely right Seakay. A bluebery is good on just about anything. Thanks.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

wonderful hub, KoffeeKlatch Gals. I am linking to your hub in my hub to be published now.

Voted up and useful.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

rajan jolly, thanks for your ratings and comments. I'm on my way to reading your new hub.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I love blueberry anything! Your recipe look great. Since strawberries are the only berry available in Peru, I bring dried blueberries, cherries and cranberries with me from the U.S. and use them in my recipes. I wonder if I could make the crisp or the topping by adapting the recipe for use with dried berries? Thank you for sharing. Voted up and awesome.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

vespawoolfe, Itn't it great that not only are blueberries delicious but they're good for you? I don't really know. Maybe if you soaked them in a small amount of water it would do the trick.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Yes, I think rehydrating them would help. I agree, blueberries are the best!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

vespawoolf, let me know how it works out.

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