July is National Blueberry Month and there are many reasons to celebrate! Don’t let their small size fool you—blueberries pack a big nutritional punch for only 80 calories per cup. They contain vitamin C to promote a healthy immune system and wound healing, manganese to help the body process cholesterol and other nutrients, and fiber for heart and digestive health. The peak season for fresh blueberries is mid-June through mid-August, though they are available year-round. And don’t forget about frozen and dried varieties, too! Aside from adding blueberries to salads, pancakes and oatmeal, here are some unique ways to include them into your summer meals and beyond.
Add 1 cup of blueberries to a blender with 2/3 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp. honey and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
Blueberry Grain Salad
Toss fresh blueberries with cooked or cooled quinoa, bulgur or couscous, diced cucumber, fresh mint and red onion.
Put a sweet twist on traditional salsa and mix together 3 cups blueberries, 2 minced and seeded jalapeno peppers, 1/3 cup diced red bell pepper, ¼ cup chopped onion, ¼ cup lemon juice and 3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro. This sweet and savory combination is unbeatable!
Mash blueberries together with fresh herbs like mint and basil and mix with chilled lemonade for a refreshing and cool summer drink.
Try some of our favorite recipes with blueberries as the star:
What is your favorite blueberry recipe?
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