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Blueberries… Beautiful, Bountiful & Beneficial WRITER Marilyn C. Wells

 

It is the season for those juicy, luscious berries that most all of us love to eat! We can hardly wait to get to pick and eat them right from the tree. Surely you know that blueberries are loaded with antioxidants with Vitamin C and E, but they also have a hearty amount of manganese and fiber. Blueberries have recently been linked to many health benefits. They are also one of the easiest fruits to preserve because you pick, sort out damaged berries and put them in freezer bags or boxes. Only wash the berries when you remove them for eating. Fresh or frozen, blueberries are a great choice for a healthy diet.

 

Chocolate Covered Blueberry Smoothie

Here’s a refreshing smoothie recipe for a hot summer day. This recipe reminds me of the Chocolate Covered Blueberries that is a favorite gift of my family during Christmastime. 1 cup skim milk 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries 1 (1-ounce) envelope instant hot chocolate mix 1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup Pour milk, blueberries, hot cocoa mix, and chocolate syrup into the container of a blender. Blend to desired consistency, and pour into a tall glass.

Blueberry Chicken Salad

2 cups fresh blueberries 2 cups cubed, cooked chicken breast 3/4 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup diced sweet red pepper 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion 1 (6-ounce) container, lemon, lime or orange yogurt 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon salt Lettuce leaves Set aside a few blueberries for garnish. In a large bowl, gently combine the chicken, celery, red pepper, onions and remaining blueberries. Combine the yogurt, mayonnaise and salt. Drizzle over chicken mixture and gently toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve on lettuce and top with reserved blueberries.

There are more Blueberries in the July-August issue.