Nutrition Notes: Blueberry Month

Blueberries are one of our nutrition superheroes of July. These refreshingly juicy, sweet-tart purplish blue berries are full of vitamin C, folic acid, fiber, potassium and manganese.

Choose firm, smooth-skinned blueberries that are blue-purple in color and not green, without moisture, mold or bruises. Rinse the berries in cold water before eating. Stored berries in the refrigerator should be eaten within 3-7 days. You can enjoy blueberries throughout the year by freezing fresh blueberries. Did you know that blueberries are available fresh, frozen, infused-dried, freeze dried, powdered, and in liquid and puree forms?

Blueberries are yummy on their own, but may be enjoyed in a smoothie, with breakfast cereal, on top of some yogurt, in muffins, pancakes, scones, salads and preserves. Try adding some pureed blueberries to vinaigrette for a flavorful salad dressing. Also, you can try an easy and no added sugar recipe for making blueberry jam- just simply bake fresh berries at 400°F for 10 minutes (1).

What is your berry favorite way of enjoying blueberries?