Blueberries are the hallmark of summer. These healthy and delicious berries are chock full of antioxidants, dubbed a superfood, and make just about every meal just a bit more yummy. And while we love blueberries pies and pastries, we’re choosing recipes today that are a bit healthier, just as delicious, and that you can eat on a daily basis.
“Blueberries are often called a superfood, and for good reason. Their blue hue comes from anthocyanins, compounds that attack cancer-causing free radicals and may even block the growth of tumor cells, according to a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study. Other research suggests that blueberries keep your brain young, urinary tract humming along, and skin bright,” says Health.com.
Blueberry Corn Orzo Salad
Dig in to a unique, beautiful spin on pasta salad with this healthy version made with quick-cooking orzo and colorful summer ingredients. Ripe blueberries add plenty of fresh, juicy flavor to each bite, and we love the slight tanginess from the feta. Start to finish — 20 minutes.
Blueberry Power Smoothie
Power up with delicious seasonal blueberries before you hit the gym. Surprise ingredient: firm silken tofu. Just combine, blend, and enjoy.
Take a stand against boring breakfasts. Spruce up that carton of yogurt in your fridge with juicy peach slices, multigrain cereal, and, of course, plenty of blueberries. Serve each low-calorie parfait in clear dishes for a pretty layered look. Start to finish — 10 minutes.
Cajun Turkey and Fresh Melon Salad
A dash of bold Cajun seasoning on turkey tenderloins turns up the heat in this protein-packed dinner salad. Ripe, juicy blueberries add irresistible flavor and beautiful color (and a helping of antioxidants) to each plate.
Blueberry and Feta Bulgur Salad with Mint Dressing
You can make this fresh, summery picnic dish up to two days ahead. If you’d like a fresh herb garnish, pack the leaves separately, and sprinkle onto the salad shortly before serving.
Dress up a pancake breakfast with fresh blueberries and better-for-you ricotta cheese — all without cheating on your diet. At just 3 grams of fat and 72 calories per serving, this is one healthy breakfast recipe you’ll love bringing to the table.
Blueberry Sunrise Smoothie
Make early mornings a little easier with a quick and easy blueberry smoothie. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and 9 grams of protein. The secret? A scrambled egg that purees with the fruit and yogurt for a breakfast recipe with staying power.
Blueberry-Peach Ice Pops
An icy-fruity blueberry layer sandwiches creamy summer peach mousse for a stunning and delicious treat that children and adults will love.
Lemon-Herb Chicken Skewers with Blueberry-Balsamic Salsa
Blueberries are the standout ingredient for the sweet and sour sauce that accompanies these grilled kebabs. We used cilantro, basil, and parsley, but you can omit the cilantro. You can also serve this salsa on small toasts spread with creamy Camembert or tangy goat cheese.
Spicy Blueberry Trail Mix
Adding fresh blueberries to this homemade trail mix makes it just the right combination of flavors and textures not to mention boosting its nutritional stats. Make the trail mix base ahead of time then add berries when serving.
Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins are one of our favorite grab-and-go breakfasts in the morning. They’re incredibly healthy, with just enough sweet to satisfy the teenage son. I bake a couple of batches at a time and keep them in the freezer for breakfasts, sack lunches, or snacks.
Creamy Blueberry Chicken Salad
Red onion and celery add crunch to this quick chicken salad. Blueberries have thick skins, so they won’t break apart when tossed with the chicken.