Friday, December 18, 2020

Let's Talk About Blueberries

Blueberries. Small in size. Big in flavor. 

They are delicious, beautiful, healthy, simple, and versatile. They are often eaten fresh, but may also be enjoyed frozen, dried, powdered, and pureed. They can be used in a variety of baked goods, jams, jellies, as well as savory dishes.

Blueberries are often referred to as a superfood, they are an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals. They are packed with phytonutrients called polyphenols. This group includes anthocyanins, which are compounds that give blueberries their blue color. These anthocyanins are also known to have antioxidant effects. 

Whether you are cooking, snacking, or pursuing healthy habits, blueberries bring back the pleasure and ease that help us to eat well and enjoy our food. You may sprinkle them to your favorite recipes for that added healthful boost and enhanced flavor like this Blueberry Belgian Waffle that we just had for breakfast. 

No matter how simple your preparation is, blueberries definitely enhance the flavor and look of your meals! 

Get these 4 Essential Nutrients from this Superfood! 
Fiber: For heart health, feeling full, staying regular, and keeping cholesterol in check 
Vitamin C: For a healthy immune system
Vitamin K: For bone metabolism and regulating blood clotting 
 Manganese: For helping convert proteins, carbs, and fats into energy 

More Health Facts: 
-Blueberries are low in calories. With 80 calories per cup, virtually no fat and low in sodium. 
-In just one serving, you can get almost 16% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. -
-Eating blueberries on a regular basis may help prevent heart disease, improve brain health, and help moderate blood sugar levels.

Blueberry Cheese Bibingka Recipe: 

Excited to share with you another easy snack that you can make at home. 

Blueberry Cheese Bibingka using US Frozen Blueberries 
This is an alternative to the traditional muffin because instead of flour, rice flour was used. 

1 cup rice flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup fresh milk
1/2 cup grated cheese
3 pieces raw eggs1 cup frozen blueberries 

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
-Combine baking powder, rice flour, and salt then mix well. Set aside.
-Whisk butter as you gradually put-in sugar and eggs. 
-Gradually add the rice flour, salt, and baking powder mixture. Whisk until everything has been mixed.
-Pour-in coconut milk and fresh milk. Continue whisking for 1 to 2 minutes.
-Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 15 minutes.
-Remove from the oven then top with grated cheese. 
-Put back in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the color of the top turns to medium brown.
-Let it cool. 
-Brush with butter, slice a little portion in the middle then top it with frozen blueberries.
-Serve. Share and enjoy! 

Frozen blueberries were intentionally not included during baking. The main purpose of this recipe is to be an add-on or topping. The final product bursts with sublime blueberry flavor that perfectly balances the salty and sweet taste of the bibingka! :) 

Frozen blueberries from the U.S. are available year-round. They are frozen straight from the farm, with all the good stuff locked in - nutrients, freshness, and flavor. They’re a healthy shortcut, whether you’re grabbing a quick snack, packing lunches, or cooking up a storm. 

Are frozen blueberries hard to find? Definitely not! You can easily find frozen U.S. blueberries brands like Farmers Best Frozen Highbush Blueberries, Essential Everyday, and Sunny Select in supermarkets nationwide. 

If you prefer fresh U.S. blueberries, you will have to wait for a few more months. They are only harvested and offered from April to September. 

An abundance of blueberry information can be found on their website. For more blueberry fun, follow U.S. Blueberries Philippines on Facebook and Instagram

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