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Blueberry Recipes for a Healthy New Year!
We’re a little over a week into the new year, and hopefully the year has treated you well, so far! There is a wonderful giveaway going on (details below), but first I want to share a little about resolutions and goals for the new year!
This year, I decided to set small and attainable goals, instead of big resolutions. One of my goals was to be healthier in 2015, both because I want to look and feel great, but also because I am striving for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy newborn. Instead of making a resolution to “be healthier”, I decided to set little goals that I could incorporate into my daily routine, in order to make it much more likely that my goal to “be healthier” would be sustained and achieved throughout the year. A few of the daily ways I am striving to be healthy this year is:
- Drink water, every day. There is a nifty water calculator that will tell you how much water you need for your weight, lifestyle and climate. An easy way to encourage myself to drink more water is to simply have water with me at all times. I will fill up a reusable bottle (BPA-free, of course) with ice water, and carry it with me to work. I’ll keep it with me at home. I’ll take it with me on errands. Wherever I am, I always keep a bottle of water, and just having it around me encourages me to drink more water.
- Healthy snacks. Much like having water with me will encourage me to drink more, having healthy snacks nearby will ensure that I eat healthier and skip trips to the vending machine. I have been keeping fresh blueberries with me, and so far, it is working great! Blueberries have only 80 calories per cup, and they have 3.6 grams of fiber per serving. They also help me meet my daily vitamin and mineral needs, since they have Vitamin C, Vitamin K and manganese.
With blueberries always in season and available at my local market, I have been making some wonderful homemade blueberry recipes this year. I love that in addition to their great taste, they are non-processed. The little blue dynamos come off the bush tasting delicious! They also come packaged in a variety of ways for different uses: frozen, fresh, or freeze-dried, which makes them a highly convenient snack and addition to many of my homemade recipes.
Last weekend, my daughter and I woke up and decided to make crepes with a homemade blueberry and lemon syrup, and they were amazing. It felt like we had a gourmet breakfast, and it only took about 20 minutes to make!
Crepes with a Blueberry & Lemon Syrup
For the syrup:
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup organic sugar cane
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
For the crepes:
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
For the syrup:
In a small saucepan, combine blueberries, water and lemon juice, and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. The blueberries will naturally smash and the consistency will turn into a syrup.
For the crepes:
In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, water and melted butter. Whisk until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to egg mixture, whisking well after each addition and removing all lumps, until all flour has been incorporated into the batter.
Warm a skillet or pan over medium heat, and melt a little butter on the skillet or pan. Pour out 1/4 cup of batter, and rotate the pan around to spread out the batter into a thin layer. Allow to cook until starting to lightly brown, flip and continue cooking until cooked through.
Spoon syrup over crepes and serve warm.
One of my favorite quick snacks for my four-year-old is blueberry and yogurt popsicles. I love this recipe because it satisfies her sweet tooth, while providing healthy, wholesome and nutritious food for her nutritional needs. It also only takes about 2 minutes to prepare 8 popsicles, which is highly convenient for busy moms!
Blueberry and Yogurt Popsicles
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 cup vanilla or unflavored Greek yogurt
Add blueberries and Greek yogurt to a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and place in freezer until frozen.
Other Blueberry Recipes
Looking for other tasty and healthy blueberry recipes? The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council has a website with unique twists on blueberry recipes, including savory blueberry pizza and blueberry turkey burgers. They also have a variety of tips on how to incorporate blueberries into your daily lifestyle, which can help you stay motivated for a healthy new year!
Win a Trip for Two to LA!
The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is having an amazing sweepstakes, where they are giving away a trip for two to LA! The winners will get to meet TV host, actress and author Alison Sweeney for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge! Plus, four runners up will win a $500 Whole Foods or Lululemon gift cards to help refresh their pantry or workout wardrobe!
The sweepstakes starts January 1, 2015 and runs through February 16, 2-15. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity! Go by and enter today!
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