From Plant To Plate: Encourage Healthy Eating Habits With Homegrown Berries
There’s something so special about growing food with your kids. It’s a great way to get the whole family outside and active. In addition, it teaches children where their food comes from and encourages healthy eating habits!
This gardening season, encourage a healthy lifestyle for your kids by helping them grow their own blueberries. Blueberries are low in fat and have high concentrations of fiber and antioxidants. Just one serving of blueberries contains almost 25 percent of the daily requirement of Vitamin C.
Growing blueberries is easy with Bushel and Berry, a collection of easy to grow, exceptionally beautiful and delicious berry plants for the home garden. They are perfect in the landscape or in patio pots for small space gardens. All of the Bushel and Berry varieties are thornless, which make them great for children to grow, pick and eat!
Here are a few recipes you and your family can make with your delicious, homegrown berries.
Blueberry Honey Swirl Smoothie
6 oz. Fresh or frozen blueberries
2 Tablespoons of honey
½ Cup Greek lemon yogurt
8 Fl. oz. Vanilla almond milk
2 Cups of Ice
1. Add blueberries, honey, lemon Greek yogurt and almond milk into your blender. Blend on high for 1 minute.
2. Add 2 cups of ice and blend for one minute or until smooth.
3. Pour into a glass of your choice, then drink and enjoy!
Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries
1 Cup fresh blueberries
1 6 oz. Container Greek blueberry yogurt
1. Wash blueberries and line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
2. Using a toothpick, dip each blueberry into the yogurt and swirl until the blueberry is covered. Place onto a baking sheet. Continue this until all blueberries are coated.
3. Place baking sheet into freezer and let freeze for at least an hour.
4. After the blueberries are frozen, they can be placed in a bag and stored in the freezer.
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
1/2 Cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 Cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 Teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons baking powder
3 Cups oats
1 Cup milk
1 Cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Whisk eggs, applesauce, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Stir in oats and milk. Gently fold in blueberries. Spread evenly into prepared pan.
3. Bake for 28-34 minutes until oatmeal is browned and no longer jiggly in the center. Cool slightly before serving. Serve by itself, with syrup and/or additional fruit.
4. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 days. Freezes great too!