July Is National Blueberry Month
Blueberries are called a superfood for good reason: They rank as one of the highest of any fruit for cancer-fighting antioxidants. One cup delivers about a quarter of the vitamin C you should have each day. They are a great source of dietary fiber, which will also help reduce the risk of heart disease and add bulk to your diet, helping you feel full faster and reducing caloric intake overall.
These little blue gems also contain manganese, which helps the body process cholesterol and nutrients such as carbohydrates and protein. And they’re low calorie to boot — a full cup contains fewer than 100 calories.
It is easy to freeze blueberries to enjoy at a later time. Place blueberries in a colander and rinse well. Place in paper towels and let them air dry for about one hour. Place on a cookie sheet in a single layer and place in freezer for one hour. Then place blueberries in a freezer bag or container and freeze.Blueberries can be used in salads, muffins, pancakes, waffles, quick breads and smoothies.