Delicious Blueberry Treats

Blueberry Treats

Blueberries are the second most popular berry in the United States, just after strawberries. They're also one of the healthiest "superfoods" available. They're low-calorie, low-fat, and packed with important antioxidants, Vitamin C, and dietary fiber. Best of all, they're absolutely delicious. No matter how you serve them, the beautiful sweet berry taste shines through to create a tasty treat.

Fresh blueberries can be expensive, but frozen blueberries are cheaper and can last for quite a while in the freezer. Whether you're cooking with fresh or frozen, the recipes are pretty much identical. Choose which type you'll use to create some of the yummy recipes listed below.

Blueberries and Cream

This is the simplest (and most traditional) way to serve blueberries. If you're ever in an antique shop, you may notice a blueberry or strawberry serving platter. The platters have three containers: one for blueberries, one for heavy cream, and one for sugar. For hundreds of years, the tradition has existed to dip blueberries into cream and sugar. If you're looking to recreate an older tradition, you can serve this as a dessert.

Blueberry Smoothies

This is the newest way to serve blueberries: in a healthy smoothie. You can add blueberries to any type of smoothie for a sweet, tangy finish. It's a great ingredient for smoothies because its powerful taste hides the bitter vegetables like kale and spinach. A smoothie of soy milk, spinach, and blueberries is a great breakfast for you or your family. And you don't have to tell the kids that the soy protein or spinach went in there- it just tastes like blueberries.

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberries are also versatile for baking. Whether it's muffins, cupcakes, breads, or bars, fresh or frozen blueberries work very well. You can make larger blueberry muffins topped with sea salt and sugar, or smaller mini muffins for classroom parties, depending on your baking pan. It's a fun afternoon snack that's easy to make and gives kids a little extra fruit in their diets.

Blueberry Jam

If you're into canning, blueberries are terrific for jams and preserves. You'll need a few ingredients like sugar, nutmeg, and pectin, as well as a stockpot and the ability to seal the lids. This is a fun idea to do with your kids; the next time they eat some blueberry jam, they'll be thrilled that they made it. You can serve blueberry jam on a variety of healthy whole-wheat breads to give bland wheat a sugary, tangy kick.

Blueberry Popsicles

These are incredibly easy to make and fun to eat as an all-natural dessert. One pound of frozen blueberries, a cup of sugar, and a little lime juice will yield 8-12 Popsicles that don't contain any extra harmful preservatives or sweeteners. If you want, you can substitute the lime juice for fresh orange or pineapple juice. These create a delicious, fruity blend that take very little time to make and can serve as a yummy dessert without tons of empty calories or carbohydrates.

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