Since it’s berry season, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite blueberry recipes to beat the heat! Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, full of enzymes and fiber, and they’re a top source of polyphenols which keep your blood and heart healthy. Best of all, they’re just downright delicious! Enjoy some of these blueberry recipes whenever you want - they’re not only yummy, easy and short, but guilt-free too!
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1 Blueberry Oatmeal
Blueberry oatmeal is one of my favorite blueberry recipes and it’s a delicious way to start your day. You can also eat this chilled later on or chill it overnight in the fridge and have it the next day.
½ cup rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
¼ cup water
pinch of salt (optional)
¼ cup fresh or frozen berries
dash of vanilla extract
cinnamon to taste
Directions: Add the oats, water, almond milk ,vanilla, and salt to a small pot on your stove. Bring to a boil and stir just as it starts to boil for about a minute. Put the lid on, and pull the pot off the burner. Let it steam up for five minutes, then add it to your favorite bowl with either fresh or frozen berries. Add some cinnamon to taste and stir in some stevia if you want it sweeter.
2 Blueberry Protein Smoothie
Everyone loves smoothies, so why not enjoy blueberries and a smoothie all in one meal? Have this for breakfast, as a snack, or just whenever your sweet tooth kicks in!
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup water
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh spinach
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
few cubes of ice
Directions: Add all the ingredients to your blender, blend, and enjoy!
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3 Blueberry Ice Cream
This is such an easy recipe and doesn’t require an ice cream maker at all. Have a large batch of this ready so when the ice cream truck rolls around, you’ll have a healthier option!
1 frozen banana (cut into slices)
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
stevia to sweeten (optional)
Directions: Add all the ingredients to a high powered blender and blend. You can also use a food processor. Freeze the mixture for at least thirty minutes to firm up further or just scoop it into a bowl and enjoy like soft serve.
4 Blueberry Juice
It can’t get much easier than this ladies: all you need is a juicer to make this recipe. If you don’t have one, you can use your blender and strain it through a colander to remove the pulp. Use the pulp for leftover muffins and smoothies or just top your yogurt with it. This juice is rich in vitamins and minerals, not to mention a great lower sugar alternative to grape juice.
1 cup fresh blueberries
Directions: Run all the ingredients through your juicer and serve over ice.
5 Blueberry Protein Pancakes
If you’re a fitness buff or a low-carb eater, then you’re probably a fan of protein pancakes like I am. They make for the perfect breakfast and won’t spike your blood sugar in the least little bit. Now you can have your pancakes and eat them too!
Serves: 1 (2 cakes)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 tablespoons coconut flour (or you can use rolled oats)
¼ cup egg whites
¼ cup almond milk
¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Directions: Add all the ingredients to your blender or stir in a bowl to puree everything together. Feel free to add cinnamon or ginger to add some extra flavor. Coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and scoop half the batter into the pan. Cook on medium heat on one side for three minutes until they start to firm up on the bottom, then flip with a spatula to cook on the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter and enjoy your pancakes alone or with yogurt, sugar-free syrup, or no sugar added jam.
6 Blueberry Protein Bowl
This recipe is one I threw together on a lazy morning when I was low on groceries. It’s really quite simple but is one of my favorite blueberry recipes to date. Enjoy!
1 cup nonfat, plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup of frozen blueberries
stevia to taste
squeeze of a lemon
Directions: Add all the ingredients to your favorite breakfast bowl, give it a stir and enjoy!
7 Blueberry Chia Fresca
Fresca is a popular recipe made today where health nuts like myself are using chia to thicken the recipe instead of other unhealthy ingredients. This can be made in just a few minutes and can be eaten as a light breakfast, as a snack, or right before a workout.
1 cup water (or almond milk for a creamy version)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
½ cup fresh blueberries
stevia to taste
Directions: Add all the ingredients to a small glass, give them a stir, and let them sit for at least one hour to thicken. Eat with a spoon or sip on it very slowly and chew the berries and chia seeds for optimal digestion. Enjoy!
These recipes aren’t your traditional pie and cobbler recipes you’re likely used to this time of year but they are downright tasty, and so healthy for you too. What’s your favorite way to eat blueberries?
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