Fruit is not very popular with the modern audience of fast food junkies today. Very few of us actually get the right daily portions of fruit and vegetables because we tend to choose to eat something quick and easy for dinner rather than something that will take time to prepare but be healthier for us. As a result, more and more of the adults and children of today are becoming obese. We should be especially worried about our children because of the long-term health problems they may indeed have as a result of their weights. Parents, it is time to introduce our kids to the blueberry!

 Blueberries are packed full of goodness. They are low calorie, high fibre, zero fat fruits with vitamins and minerals thrown in for good measure. Not only are they healthy, they taste fantastic too. If your kids do have a sweet tooth, ripe blueberries will give them the sweetness that they need but are far better to munch on than candy and biscuits. After all, a healthy snack with natural sugars is great for everybody concerned. Their cravings are satisfied but your worries are long gone! Any adult with a sweet tooth should also try blueberries as a snack for the very same reasons.

As with any fruit, there is a risk that kids will turn their noses up at blueberries and will refuse to even try them. It is inevitable because children will be children, regardless of what you say to try and tempt them to try juicy, sweet, ripe blueberries. However, all is not lost. It is about getting children into good habits early on. That is far easier than trying to introduce them to blueberries when they are older. There is one sure fire way to get them interested in the blueberries and that is to involve them in the preparation of delights like blueberry muffins and blueberry cobbler. These recipes will catch their eye and thus introduce them to blueberries with very little effort. Try to get you kids involved by making the recipe below together!

 BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

Ingredients -     1½ cups of flour
                              ¾ cup sugar
                              ½ teaspoon salt
                              1 egg
                             1/3-cup milk
                             1/3-cup vegetable oil
                             1-cup blueberries

Once you have the ingredients, you and your children are ready to start making the muffins. Mix the flour, sugar and salt together, and then mix the egg, milk and oil together. Form a small round spot in the bottom of the dry bowl and pour just enough of the wet mixture in to cover it, and then slowly start to fold the mixture. Keep gently adding the wet mixture until it is all in the bowl and then fold until you get a medium consistency. Finally fold in the blueberries until they are spread evenly through the dough

All you have to do then is preheat the oven to 200C/400F, grease an individual cake tray and place muffin cups in the dips. Then gently pour the mixture into each cup until they are all half full. Put them in the oven for 25 minutes and et voila! Gorgeous light tasty muffins to tempt the senses! They’re so good that no adult or kid will be able to resist them!

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Sam Serio is a true blue devotee of the blueberry and a life long student of health and nutrition. Sam Serio is also the producer of the Annual Chincoteague Blueberry Festival which is held the third weekend of July on the beautiful island of Chincoteague in Virginia. This midsummer celebration of nature’s tastiest and most healthy gift – the Blueberry is combined with a “Christmas in July” Craft Shopping Extravaganza the premier Fine Art and Craft event on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival.com and pick up your free e-book entitled “A Healthy Taste for Blueberries”. This free special report reveals everything you ever wanted to know about blueberries, but were afraid to ask. Also includes recipes, beauty secrets, health benefits and much more. Get yours now at http://www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival.com.



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