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Eat Smart, Move More at Farmers Markets: Blueberries



Authors as Published

Melissa Chase, Consumer Food Safety Program Manager, Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech; Austin Brooks, Project Associate, Family Nutrition Program, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech; Renee Boyer, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist, Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech; Carlin Rafie, Assistant Professor, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech; Anne-Carter Carrington, Central District Coordinator, EFNEP/SCNEP

Key Points

  • Excellent source of vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, and vitamin K. Also a good source of folate and fiber.
  • Choose firm, plump, dry blueberries with a dusty blue color that are uniform in size.
  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Refrigerate for up to seven days. Wash just before using.

Blueberry Blend Pudding

Number of servings: 4


1 cup cottage cheese
2 cups low-fat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups blueberries


  • Put all ingredients together in a bowl or blender. Blend or mix well.
  • Chill. Serve in cups.

Per serving:  190 calories; 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat); 14 g protein; 28 g carbohydrate; 2 g dietary fiber; 12 mg cholesterol; 314 mg sodium.

French Toast With Fruit Sauce

Number of servings: 8


1 cup skim milk
4 large eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 slices whole-wheat bread
1 pint blueberries
1/3 cup maple syrup
dash cinnamon


  • In a small baking or casserole dish, add milk, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon. Beat with fork until mixed well.
  • Dip one slice of bread at a time in the egg mixture to coat both sides.
  • Place in medium-hot nonstick skillet. Brown each side, about 2 minutes or more. Remove from skillet.
  • In a small bowl, add blueberries, syrup, and cinnamon. Mix well.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds until warm. Stir.
  • Spoon immediately over French toast.

Per serving: 177 calories; 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat); 7 g protein; 27 g carbohydrate; 3 g dietary fiber; 107 mg cholesterol; 217 mg sodium.

Quick Tips

  • Add some blueberries to a bran muffin mix. Bake and enjoy!
  • Set a good example for children by offering fruit, such as blueberries, at each meal and snack.
  • Wash thoroughly with running water before peeling, cutting, or eating. Do not wash produce until ready to eat.
  • Make fruit kabobs by stacking blueberries, kiwi slices, and strawberries on toothpicks.

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Publication Date

February 8, 2021