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EVERYONE’S FAVORITE ANTIOXIDANT SOURCE: 6 BLUEBERRY RECIPES
Blueberry season is right around the corner, and that means that everyone’s favorite antioxidant source is back. With wild blueberries taking the cake for the fruit with the most antioxidants per serving (and cultivated blueberries coming in at number two), any excuse to add more blueberries to your diet is probably a good one. Try these recipes on for size.
1. Blueberry Energy Bars
Whether they’re a quick breakfast on your way out the door or a way to refuel after a workout, these homemade energy bars are a great way to get a quick boost.
Dried blueberries join peanuts, rolled oats, dried apricots, brown rice puffs, and sunflower seeds, sweetened with a touch of brown rice syrup, to create an energy bar that will fill you up without weighing you down.
2. Blueberry-Wheat Berry Salad
Perk up your grain salad with wheat berries and blueberries! This light dish features both fresh and dried blueberries, as well as walnuts, scallions, celery, and parsley, all topped off with a lemon vinaigrette and a little salt and pepper.
3. Blueberry Mojitos
Who says a cocktail can’t be healthy? A simple, homemade blueberry syrup joints the traditional mojito ingredients of lime, mint, and light rum. A splash of club soda gives it all a little extra fizz.
Want to include the kids, or don’t feel like imbibing? Just leave out the rum and add a few more ounces of club soda! Try out this blueberry mojito recipe next time you’re craving a fun and fruity drink.
4. Chicken with Blueberry Basil Salsa
Coarsely blended blueberries meet grilled jalapenos, scallions, red onion, basil, and cilantro in this fruity variation of the usual summery salsa.
Add in some lime juice, salt, pepper, and whole blueberries to finish it off, and use the mixture to top off grilled chicken cutlets. Or, if you just love that blueberry basil salsa, use it as a dip for your favorite chips and veggies, or serve it alongside tacos!
5. Salmon with Blueberry Pan Sauce
For a quick blueberry sauce, sauté shallots, thyme, allspice, and blueberries with a little balsamic vinegar and kosher salt, and then coarsely mash up the berries with a fork or wooden spoon.
You could use it to top just about anything that would go well with a sweet and tangy sauce, but this recipe suggests topping grilled salmon with the blueberry pan sauce.
6. Blueberry-Lime Granita
If you’ve never had granita, it’s a little bit like a grown-up version of a snow cone, or an Italian ice. First, puree fresh blueberries with the sweetener of your choice, lime juice, and lime zest, and stir in a fizzy liquid like seltzer or lime soda.
Freeze the mixture until solid, and then throw it all in the food processor. You’ll wind up with a light, almost grated ice consistency that’s incredibly refreshing and just sweet enough to satisfy that dessert craving.