Blueberries are often referred to as superfoods and are full of antioxidants. But they offer much more. Blueberries contain vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese, which the body needs to build and maintain bones and connective tissue. These tasty little berries are also a good source of fiber when consumed with the skin intact. The nutritious and sweet blueberry recipes are the perfect choice for the summer months.
Blueberries are not only such nutritional power plants, but also very tasty. Their sweet taste makes them very popular when baked or mixed in dishes – or even used as a delicious topping. They can be served on oatmeal, yogurt, tarts, baked goods or just whole.
There are so many healthy ways to incorporate blueberries into your day. While you probably have a lot of your own ideas on how to eat more blueberries this summer, we've put together our favorite blueberry recipes that you'd like to add to your list. Finally, the time has come when this delicious fruit is in season.
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Check out 10 blueberry recipes that are perfect for summer:
1. -Bake Blueberry Cheesecake for one
Few recipes are easier than those that are not baked. This recipe involves layering delicious ingredients, including one crumbled Nutrisystem Blueberry Lemon Baked Bar used for the "crust", in a small bowl or baking dish. When the process is complete, it counts as a Nutrisystem breakfast, a SmartCarb and an extra. While this dish tastes incredibly forgiving, the cheesecake topping is made from healthy ingredients like fat-free ricotta cheese, blueberries, and just a hint of honey – which makes it quite nutritious.
2. Blueberry Burst Energy Balls>
Energy balls are the latest craze and for good reason. They're easy to make, portable, and packed with healthy ingredients that give you a boost of energy when you need a nutritious snack. These energy balls contain cashew nuts, oatmeal, dates and blueberries. Everything is mixed in a food processor into a dough that is rolled into balls – two of which count as one serving with 197 calories. In the Nutrisystem program, one serving also counts as a SmartCarb and a PowerFuel.
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3. Baked blueberry oatmeal cake>
This is one of our favorite blueberry recipes and couldn't be easier to prepare. It is about heating ours and then topping them Nutrisystem Baked Blueberry Oatmeal with fat-free Greek yogurt and blueberries. Although it only requires easy assembly, it gives you the taste and feel of a warm homemade breakfast. And it's healthy too. It's very hearty and filling, but this breakfast only has 168 calories. And it counts as two extras in the Nutrisystem plan.
4. Blueberry Nut Sweet Potato Toast>
If you like toast in the morning, try this nutritious alternative without bread. A medium-sized sweet potato is used as the basis, which is cut into slices. After being crispy in the oven to get a “toast” texture, it is topped with cottage cheese, cinnamon, blueberries, nuts and honey. It is absolutely flavor-intensive and offers the nutritional benefits of sweet potato, including fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and various other vitamins and minerals. And for all that taste, there are only 176 calories that are counted as a SmartCarb, a PowerFuel and an Extra.
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5. Blueberry Lemon Chia Jam>
If you are looking for a tasty but nutritious topping for your whole grain toast or crackers, you should prepare this delicious jam. It combines blueberries and chia seeds, which are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants and even a boost in fiber. Combined with the juice of a lemon and just a hint of stevia, this jam is sweet and spicy without being high in calories (it only has 40 per serving!). It also counts as an extra.
6. Instant Blueberry Crisp>
Although delicious, traditional blueberry crisp is made with lots of sugar and butter – and is usually served with whipped cream or ice cream. We have developed a healthier version that is still full of flavor and contains a lot less calories and fat – plus some great health benefits like fiber and antioxidants. It combines a package of Oatmeal from Nutrisystem (either Maple Brown Sugar or Apple Cinnamon – your preference) with a cup of blueberries. It's really that simple! Breakfast and SmartCarb are included in the Nutrisystem plan.
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7. Blueberry Almond Nice Cream>
It may sound too good to be true, but with this delicious dessert you can quench your craving for ice cream in a healthy way. With only 131 calories, the smooth and creamy texture of this "Nice Cream" is made from the combination of a frozen banana with frozen blueberries and almond milk. It is sweet and tasty and at the same time completely free of guilt. In addition to all the antioxidants you get from blueberries, the banana contains some potassium, fiber, and a variety of other nutrients. This dish counts as a SmartCarb and an extra.
8. Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie>
If you love smoothies then this is one of our blueberry recipes you have to try. When you combine a cup of green iced tea with frozen blueberries, fat-free Greek yogurt, stevia and ice, a perfect blend is achieved. This is a smoothie that makes you feel comfortable sipping. Between the green tea and the blueberries, it is full of antioxidants – and it only has 108 calories. It counts as half a SmartCarb and half a PowerFuel in the Nutrisystem plan.
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9. Red, white and blueberry pancakes>
This patriotic breakfast is filled with protein thanks to the use of a nutritional system Vanilla Nutrisystem Shake and egg white to make the "pancake batter". It is then topped with a sweet berry sauce made from blueberries and strawberries and rounded off with some sliced bananas. The recipe makes three pancakes, all of which count as one serving. It only has 251 calories, although it's a very filling breakfast. The Nutrisystem plan includes a SmartCarb and one and a half PowerFuels.
10. Red, white and blueberry smoothie>
The last of our blueberry recipes is another delicious smoothie that you can add to your list. This patriotic drink combines the aromas of strawberries and blueberries with vanilla for a sweet delight that is both delicious and nutritious. It uses a package of Nutrisystem Vanilla Nutrisystem Shake for this pampering vanilla taste. This smoothie counts as a PowerFuel and a SmartCarb and also gives you a big boost of vitamin C.