By now you’ve probably heard the term “superfood” more times than you can count, and these nutrition-packed foods are pretty amazing, or as their name suggests, contain super powers (as much super power as a food can contain anyway!) One of my favorite superfoods is blueberries. I’m partnering with Wyman’s of Maine, the largest U.S. owned wild blueberry grower and processor, today to bring you a delicious blueberry recipe and some fun facts on this amazing, tasty fruit!
The deep blue color of blueberries comes from something called flavonoids, which protect the brain from inflammation and oxidization. In short, they help to keep the most essential part of your body strong and healthy. Blueberries actually help to preserve memory function.
Blueberries are also chock full of antioxidants, which do amazing things for the body. Antioxidants help reduce the damage done to our bodies by toxins and free radicals. They help us fight off everything from premature signs of aging right down to cancer. These little blue wonders are heart healthy as well. Studies have been done that show that a diet rich in blueberries can improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and even decrease your risk of heart attack.
They’re convenient, portable, and versatile. With Wyman’s of Maine, you can keep fresh frozen blueberries at-hand all year ’round for breakfast, lunch, or dinner or simply a great snack. You can easily control your blueberry portions too, unlike larger fruits where you’d have to possibly cut pieces and have big messes. Simply grab a cup-full and go!
I’ve given you quite a few great reasons to eat blueberries, but obviously the biggest reason I love these little super fruits is because they’re super tasty. There is a whole lot of deliciousness packed into a tiny berry, and I can really enjoy them guilt free. In an entire cup, there are only (approximately) 83 calories. It doesn’t get much better than that! Wild blueberries are perfect to eat anytime- you can pop them right in your mouth or sprinkle them on your cereal for a little bit of a healthy sweetness, and they also work well in a lot of recipes. The possibilities are endless.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy the wonderful taste of Wyman’s Fresh Frozen Wild Blueberries is in Wild Blueberry Honey Breakfast Bread with a side of Wild Blueberry Honey Compote. It’s a new favorite in our house and a terrific way to start the day with this delicious super-fruit! Using honey instead of sugar when baking sweet breads is something I started doing for the benefit of our diabetic neighbor (whom I love to share our baked goods with.) Honey is also a superfood with tons of known health benefits and it’s also a terrific partner to pair with wild blueberries. The combination is amazing!
Wild Blueberry Honey Breakfast Bread
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1 cup Wyman’s of Maine Fresh Frozen Wild Blueberries
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a medium mixing bowl, add butter, eggs, and honey. Whisk until fully mixed.
In a small mixing bowl, add flour, salt and baking powder. Stir to mix.
Add half of the flour mixture to the liquid mix. Mix until flour is fully incorporated and batter is formed.
Add milk to the batter, mix until milk is fully incorporated.
Add remaining flour to batter. Mix until flour is fully incorporated.
Kitchen tip: Coat blueberries with a dusting of flour prior to mixing into batter. This helps you easily fold the blueberries into the bread mix without tinting the dough!
Gently fold in blueberries.
Grease loaf pan. Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes (or until toothpick test comes out clean.)
Note: If you are using a mini-loaf pan, reduce cooking time by 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove from oven, cool for 5 minutes then gently remove loaves to cool on wire rack for 15-20 minutes.
Serve with blueberry honey compote (recipe below) and enjoy!
Wild Blueberry Honey Compote
2 cups Wyman’s of Maine Fresh Frozen Wild Blueberries
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice
In a small saucepan, add blueberries, honey, and lemon juice. Cook over a medium heat, for fifteen minutes, stirring regularly.
Note: If mixture begins to reach boiling stage, reduce heat and continue cooking.
Remove from heat, serve warm.
We’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the reasons Wyman’s of Main Fresh Frozen Wild Blueberries are a great addition to your diet. I encourage all of you to do a little bit of research on the health benefits of wild blueberries. You’ll be amazed at just how powerful this tiny superfood is!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy blueberries? Do you have a special recipe to share?