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When you pick as many as 30 pounds of fresh blueberries, there is no possible way you can eat them all before they go bad. And you probably should try it! So the best thing to do is freeze them to use later and throughout the year.

Frozen blueberries can be used for many things such as:

  • toss a handful of frozen blueberries into a smoothie for added antioxidants and flavor
  • mix with plain or vanilla yogurt, as they thaw they flavor the yogurt
  • use in muffins, coffee cakes, breads or scones
  • eat a handful as a low calorie snack
  • sprinkle over cereal
  • add to a fruit salad
  • use as mini ice cubes in a specialty drink

When freezing blueberries it is important that you take your time and make sure each berry gets frozen individually. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Pick your berries.
  2. Rinse them in cool water and remove stems or leaves. Make sure to pat them dry completely.
  3. Arrange the dry berries in one layer on a cookie sheet or baking dish. Make sure the sheet you are putting them on fits in your freeze and can be level. The berries should be able to wiggle a little so they are able to freeze individually.
  4. Place the sheet in the freezer, making sure it stays level.
  5. Once the berries are frozen solid, remove them from the sheet and store in containers that will fit in your freezer. The berries should be like marbles, not one big clump.  I prefer to use Ziploc quart sized freezer bags. These bags are large enough to hold a lot of berries but small enough to fit in many places in the freezer.
  6. Put the containers of frozen berries back into the freezer quickly, as the berries thaw easily.
  7. Use the berries! Take out as many or as few as you would like at a time. Make sure the whole bag does not thaw so they berries can’t clump together.

Picked berries:

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Freezing on the cookie sheet:

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Store in freezer bags:

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A Day at the Patch

Last weekend (I can’t believe it is already Wed.) was filled with water skiing, eating, running, picking blueberries and hanging out. My family was all at the lake and we lucked out with the weather.

Sunday afternoon my 3 aunts, mom, cousin and grandma headed to the blueberry patch to fill our buckets with delicious, plump blueberries.

A few pictures from the patch:

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30 pounds later, we left the patch!

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With less than 5 days of school left in the year, I have finally figured out the best snack of the year. I eat my snack at 2:45 while my kids are at special and I have been looking all year for the perfect snack. The snack needs to be filling but not stuff me, sweet but not sugary, fibery but flavorful and easy to pack. That is a lot of rules in making a simple afternoon snack. I have tried many things over the year – from fresh veggies to protein bars but they just don’t meet all of the qualifications – until now.

This snack packs a lot of fiber, protein and flavor for about 300 calories.

This is an estimation but:

  • 100 calories from Flat Out wrap
  • 100 calories from 1/2 serving of Naturally More pb
  • 100ish calories from 1 tbsp Blueberry spread and part of a banana or apple

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Wrap it up and enjoy it after lunch and before dinner! Great for car trips, office lunches, kids and picnics!

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I woke up this morning and did a quick 30 minute weight circuit at home.  It zapped 200 calories and felt great!  Brady and I are planning on going to the gym later this afternoon for some cardio.

After my mini workout, I didn’t know what I wanted.  Brady made himself 2 eggs with mini whole wheat pitas and some fresh tomato.  It looked great to me, but I wanted something sweet.  I decided on pancakes!  Here is what I came up with!

Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 c. oats
  • 1 banana smashed
  • 1 tsp. peanut butter

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a hot frying pan.  Cook throughly on both sides.  Serve with blueberries, peaches and a little extra peanut butter!

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SOO GOOD!  I can’t wait to make these again!

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Better… Better… Great!

This morning for breakfast I wanted to use the rest of my leftover Kashi pilaf.  I didn’t know what I was in the mood for, so I just starting throwing things in the bowl until it tasted good – which took a little while.

Here is what ended going in my bowl, in order:

  • 1/2 c. Kashi pilaf
  • 1/2 banana

Microwave that for 1 min. but it was WAY too boring so I added:

  • 1 tsp of sliced almonds  – they didn’t do anything so I didn’t add more
  • 1/3 c. Ezekial 4:9 cereal – still no new flavor
  • 1/4 c. skim milk – for some creaminess
  • ** frozen blueberries and 1 tbsp. sugar free peach jam (homemade)** this FINALLY made it taste great!

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I love peaches!  This morning I heated them in my oatmeal with my 1/2 banana.  It was so sweet and delicious!  I mixed the usual: 1/3 c. oats, 1/4 c. wheat and oat bran with the fruit.  I microwaved it all for 1 min. and added extra berries.  I ate it at school, otherwise I would have added a little yogurt.

Lunch was leftovers, so nothing too exciting there!  I also ate 1/2 pure protein bar around 4pm, on the way home from school.  It held me over until dinner around 7pm.

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Back on Track

It felt great to start the morning off with a run!  Katie (who just got engaged last night, yay!!!!) and I ran about 4-4.5 miles.  She had lots of energy from her great news and I had lots of energy because I haven’t run in a few days.  We were happy to get it out of the way while is was cool out this morning.

After the run, I was craving oatmeal!  I made a typical bowl with the following:

  • 1/4 c. oats
  • 1/4 c. oat bran
  • 1/4 c. wheat bran
  • 1/2 banana
  • water
  • vanilla and salt
  • blueberries and strawberries

It tasted SO good, and it was pretty too!

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