Forgive me for not posting challenge details last night, as promised yesterday, but my camera died last night and I really wanted to post a photo with the challenge details. Now, my camera is charged and we're ready to go, so let's get on with the challenge!
Why Play the Weekly Food Challenge:
If you resolved to eat healthier in '09…
If you get tired of cooking the same thing all the time…
If you are interested in trying foods you may not normally cook/eat…
If you want to learn more about new foods…
Or even if you just love food…
…Then play along with the weekly challenge.
This Week's Challenge Item is Blueberries (Sun 1/25 – Sat 1/31):
We are still working through the list of food items from Tara Parker-Pope's article, "The 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating", and next up for us are blueberries. According to Parker-Pope (whose article references frozen blueberries), "Even though freezing can degrade some of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables, frozen blueberries are available year-round and don’t spoil; associated with better memory in animal studies. How to eat: Blended with yogurt or chocolate soy milk and sprinkled with crushed almonds."
According to Moss Green, in her article, "Blueberries Health Benefits and Blueberry Recipes," blueberries are low in calories and packed full of healthful antioxidants. Check out her article for details, storage tips, and recipe ideas.
For this challenge, feel free to use fresh or frozen blueberries – whatever you have on hand or can find at your local supermarket. I was going to get a package of fresh and a package of frozen for this week, but when I got to Trader Joe's last night, they only had the BIG size of fresh blueberries left, so I just got one package of those.
How To Play:
Ready to play? Awesome! Simply cook or prepare something with blueberries this week, between Sunday, Jan 25th and Saturday, Jan 31st. You can even just eat the blueberries as a snack, by themselves…the main point is that you eat them some time this week. Do a blog post about your challenge dish and add your name and the direct URL (the link that goes straight to your post about your challenge dish) to the Mr. Linky below. If you don't have a blog, you can link to a photo, etc. that you've posted online like to Flickr, or simply leave a comment with what you made.
Play/Link as many times as you'd like. If you want to eat blueberries 3 times this week, go for it! But do add your link to Mr. Linky so we can see what you had! 🙂
- Eat yogurt topped with fresh blueberries
- Eat cold cereal topped with fresh blueberries
- Eat a small serving of fresh blueberries on their own
- Stir blueberries into your AM oatmeal (I'll def be doing my blueberries and cream oatmeal this week)
- Add blueberries to your salad
- Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins by Ina Garten
- Blueberry Crisp by The Neelys
- Blueberry and Mascarpone Turnovers by Giada DeLaurentiis
- Blueberry Crumb Cake by Ina Garten
- Blueberry Coffee Cake by Ellie Krieger
- Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes by Ellie Krieger
- Blueberry Dumplings by Paula Deen (great comfort food – love this recipe!)
- Blueberry Turnovers by Gale Grand
- Blueberry Blast Smoothie by Ellie Krieger (will be trying this one for sure!)
Feel free to copy the code below to insert this image onto your blog post about your challenge dish – I love when things get unified with images. 🙂
Copy the code in the above box and paste it into the "code" portion of your blog post. (Note: if you can see images in your blog post while you're working on it, you're probably in the "rich text editor" or "GUI" – there should be a tab or something to take you to the code). Leave me a comment if you have problems adding the code to your blog, and I'll be happy to help you out. 🙂
If you cook/prepare a blueberry-related dish (or eat blueberries at all) during the challenge week, add your name (or blog name) and your direct URL to the Mr. Linky here:
Thanks for playing!