Low in fat and calories, blueberries are regarded as a superfood thanks to their levels of antioxidants and phytonutrients, which help protect the body from disease. You can enjoy blueberries raw, of course, thus maximising their nutritional benefit, but they are a wonderful addition to all manner of recipes, from smoothies, to quick breads to sorbets. They can also be added to salads, and can be used in sauces for savory dishes (nicely complementing pork, for example).
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I would frequently buy a blueberry scone from a certain coffee house chain to go with my morning coffee, until I realized that my morning's indulgence contained more than 450 calories and an unhealthy dose of fat. I also realized that I didn't need to eat a whole wedge, which lay like a brick in my stomach, and made me feel a little sluggish as the morning progessed. So here's a much lighter blueberry scone, which is smaller but just as tantalizing. These scones are drop scones... rather than wedges, which makes them the perfect size for a morning or afternoon treat.
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Blueberry Coffee CakeNotoriously rich and delicious, especially with their buttery-streusel toppings, coffee cake may well be on your no-no list. However, this low fat blueberry coffee cake is a healthier fruit-filled delight, with a much lighter yet still-flavorful topping.
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This blueberry crisp is one of my very favorite desserts. While using frozen blueberries is fine, I love to use fresh plump blueberries from the farmers market. This makes a great end-of-summer warm dessert as the nights gradually become a little cooler. Serve with a light custard sauce.
04 of 10This lemon blueberry loaf is a lighter version of coffee shop blueberry breads, but just as delicious. As with most baked goodies, this tastes best fresh and warm from the oven, but will be fine for two or three days after baking.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Nothing beats a cool sorbet on a hot summer's day, and this blueberry sorbet fits the bill nicely, No ice cream maker is necessary; a second go around in the blender will help make this intensely purple sorbet nice and smooth.
06 of 10Make the most of two seasonal fruits in this healthy and delicious blueberry peach smoothie. When my girls were smaller, they were somewhat picky when it came to eating fruit whole or in chunks, so smoothies were the way to go. This was one of their favorites.
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Baked Blueberry French ToastThis baked blueberry French toast can be made the night before so it's ready to pop into the oven in the morning. Whole grain bread, fat-and cholesterol-free egg substitute and nonfat milk make this breakfast or brunch dish light on both fat and calories, yet hearty enough to satisfy a hungry family.
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I think blueberry pancakes are my favorite breakfast food, period. These simple pancakes call for nonfat milk, but for extra fluffiness, use nonfat or low-fat buttermilk. If you do, be sure to add 1/2 tsp of baking soda so they puff up!Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Blueberry Buttermilk CakeThis moist and delicious blueberry buttermilk cake makes a perfect brunch offering or as part of afternoon tea. It's hard to believe it's low in fat.
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Purple PopsiclesI love the deep purple hue of these blueberry and yogurt popsicle. Sweet, but not too sweet, and most certainly healthy, these blueberry popsicles make a great summer dessert or afternoon treat.