Bounty of Blueberries: A Final Bite of Summertime

on September 4, 2015

Robin Miller

A Juicy Summertime Staple

Don't let summer slip by before you take advantage of fresh, local blueberries. Local and fresh is always best, but for those of you that don't have access to local blueberries, shipments from regional farms do the trick. And don't relegate blueberries to breakfast and snacking; incorporate them into sweet and savory dishes-following are three great recipes to help get you started.

First, read on to learn about blueberry benefits that will keep you feeling fit and fabulous.

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Berry Nutritious

Blueberries are packed with vitamin C: One serving dishes up almost 25% of your daily requirement. That's important because vitamin C is necessary for growth and development of tissues and promotes wound healing.

Blueberries are a crammed with fiber: One handful of blueberries can help you meet your daily fiber requirement, reduce your risk of heart disease and add bulk to your diet, which helps you feel full faster.

Blueberries are high in manganese: Manganese helps the body process cholesterol, carbohydrates and protein.

Now, it's time to put these nutrients to good use!

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Blueberry Shortcake

Why should strawberries get all the praise? Whipped cream and juicy blueberries perfectly complement these melt-in-your-mouth shortcakes.

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Blueberry Sherbet

We can't get enough of this silky blueberry sherbet. The best part? It's as easy as blending the ingredients and allowing the mixture to chill. (The wait is torturous-we know!)

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Grilled Chicken with Ancho Blueberry Sauce

A spicy and sweet blueberry sauce pairs amazingly with smoky grilled chicken. Wow guests at your next cookout by serving it up on the side!

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