Hy-Vee Dietitian: Blueberries
July is National Blueberry Month, and what better way to celebrate than to learn how to preserve this nutrient-packed fruit so you can enjoy its benefits year-round.
Nutritional benefits of blueberries:
Antioxidant-Rich – Blueberries rank among the highest foods for antioxidant content per serving. Antioxidants help fight cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related diseases.
Vitamin C – Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. This vitamin is needed for growth and repair within the body and promotes a healthy immune system.
Brain Health – Studies have shown blueberries improve learning capacity and help heal damaged brain cells.
Fiber – Blueberries rank as a good source of dietary fiber. Fiber aids in heart health, digestion and lowering cholesterol.
Low-Calorie – One cup of blueberries is only 80 calories!
How to freeze blueberries:
Fresh Is Best: Use berries from home gardens, buy locally or select from supermarkets for the best quality. Discard bruised berries and freeze unwashed and completely dry.
An Easy Freeze: Unlike other fruits, berries will freeze with ease several different ways. Lay berries flat on a tray, or place in freezer containers or resealable freezer bags. If using a tray, transfer to freezer containers once frozen.
Learn to Label: Always label frozen foods with the date processed & content of container. Properly frozen and stored products should be used within one year.
Enjoy Your Efforts: Easily remove the portion you need, as you need it; and remember to wash before consuming.
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