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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Value of BlueBerries

I can recall as a girl my grandmother (who was a farmers wife) going out picking berries. I often wondered if she was like me and ate a few, picked a few like we did but then that is another story.... My grandmother would head out to pick berries and when we arrived to see her that afternoon she would have a delicious blueberry cobbler baked in the oven for us all to enjoy. These beautiful purple / blue hued berries are much more than they seem. As small as they are they can be made into a number of tasty treats and carry a punch in health protection as well. They are low in fat, carbs and calories as well as high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. In the post below you will find a delicious blueberry recipe and some health benefits as well.

Health Benefits of BlueBerries

Blueberries are a good source of vitamin K, C, fiber, manganese and other antioxidants. Many believe that adding blueberries to their diet is one change that can offer great nutrition rewards. Blueberries help support hearth health, the fiber helps to reduce amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease. Blueberries help protect the brain from stress and help reduce the effects of age related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Blueberries are packed with vitamins A, C, and E and other antioxidants that make them perfect for taking care of hair and skin. Regular eating blueberries can help with better skin and hair.

Easy Blueberry Bars

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 6 whole graham crackers)
1 (8 ounce) package fat free cream cheese, softened
1 (8 ounce package) reduced fat cream cheese, softened
¾ cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 (10 ounce) jar blueberry fruit spread
1 cup blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix butter and graham cracker crumbs in a 9x13-inch baking pan. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan creating a thin even layer. Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.
In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheeses with an electric mixer on medium high until creamy. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice and beat until creamy and well blended.
Stir the fruit spread around in the jar until it is spreadable and then spread it evenly over the crust. Sprinkle blueberries over the jam. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the blueberries.
Bake for 30 minutes, until set and slightly puffed. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before covering with plastic wrap and placing in the refrigerator to chill completely. Cut into 32 bars
recipe resource here

Did You Know

The pale, powder-like protective coating on the skin of blueberries is called “bloom.”

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