5 Healthy Ways to Use Up Your Blueberries

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Summer might be wrapping up, but blueberry season is still here. And there are myriad reasons why you should take advantage of this tasty fruit. Blueberries may be on the small side, but they pack some major health benefits. They’re loaded with antioxidants that help fend off free-radical damage that can lead to cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions. They also pack good stores of vitamin C, and one cup has just 80 calories. Filled with fiber, they’re a great way to keep you feeling fuller longer.

Here are five tasty ways to use them before they’re gone.

Blueberry Almond French Toast

Calling all brunch fans! This mouthwatering recipe will make you glad you stayed in for breakfast. A whole-wheat baguette is swapped in for traditional white bread, giving the dish a satisfying crispiness. Blueberries stud the entire dish, providing just the right amount of sweetness in every bite.

Ellie Krieger's Blueberry Blast Smoothie

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Tara Donne, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Ellie Krieger's Blueberry Blast Smoothie

Blueberry Blast Smoothie

This smoothie is a cinch to make and has minimal ingredients, which means the blueberries really shine. Simply blend the fruit with nonfat or low-fat milk, nonfat plain yogurt and a touch of honey for a deliciously filling snack or breakfast.

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EK0504_Blueberry-Coffee-Cak

Ellie Krieger's Blueberry Coffee Cake for Food Network

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Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Ellie Krieger's Blueberry Coffee Cake for Food Network

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Coffee cake doesn’t have to be a diet disaster. In this healthy version, whole-wheat flour takes the place of some of the regular flour, and nonfat yogurt helps create a thicker texture. Brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts finish it all off, creating a decadent dessert or snack.

FNK HEALTHY BLUEBERRYRICOTTA TARTLETS, Food Network Kitchen, Ricotta Cheese, Apricot Jam, Lemon, Vanilla Extract, Blueberries, Phyllo Cups, Pine Nuts or Sliced Almonds

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

FNK HEALTHY BLUEBERRYRICOTTA TARTLETS, Food Network Kitchen, Ricotta Cheese, Apricot Jam, Lemon, Vanilla Extract, Blueberries, Phyllo Cups, Pine Nuts or Sliced Almonds

Healthy Blueberry Ricotta Tartlets

Hosting a dinner party? Serve up these delicious (and adorable!) tartlets. Ricotta cheese is mixed with lemon zest, vanilla and apricot jam before being topped with fresh blueberries and nuts.

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All rights Reserved

No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal

Prepare this no-cook oatmeal in the evening, and it will be ready to eat by morning. Simply combine old-fashioned rolled oats (which are loaded with fiber) with nonfat milk, blueberries, brown sugar, and vanilla and almond extracts. Come morning, top it off with almonds and a drizzle of honey for a breakfast that’s downright delicious.

Abigail Libers is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is also the creator and editor of notesonfatherhood.tumblr.com.

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