Blueberry picking season has arrived! Get out with your family this weekend to enjoy some quality time outdoors and enjoy a sweet healthy treat afterwards.
Blueberries are very nutritious and have many benefits; they are rich in dietary antioxidants and a variety of vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibre and may contribute to heart health as they are known to reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Blueberries are a food that can be used in many recipes. Blueberries are delicious added to pancakes, muffins, smoothies, cereal, sauces and many other ways. Before blueberry season is over be sure to freeze a few batches of the berries to use all year long in healthy recipes! Here’s a refreshing recipe to try with the kids after a long day of berry picking:
Very Berry Blueberry Smoothie
1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
1 8 ounce container plain yogurt
¾ cup milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender; blend until nearly smooth.
Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.