Blueberries For Kids: Nutritional Facts, Benefits And Recipes

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Blueberries are small, round, blue, or purple-colored berries that grow on flowering shrubs. This post brings you some interesting blueberry facts for kids. These berries are close relatives to other berries such as bilberries, grouse berries, or cranberries and are native to Northern America. They taste sweet and are loaded with beneficial nutrients and health benefits. Blueberries are also regarded as ‘superfoods’ for children owing to their several health benefits and versatility in various dishes. Pediatricians and nutritions worldwide commonly recommend them for babies to help with their healthy growth and functioning.

Read on to know more interesting facts about blueberries that you can share with your children and inspire them to eat these berries.

Blueberry Facts For Kids:

  • The blueberries are small and round shaped fruits with a diameter of around 5-16 millimeters.
  • Initially, they are green but change to a purplish blue color as they ripen.
  • The blueberries are two varieties, the high-bush blueberries that are grown in the US and the low-bush blueberries or the wild blueberries that are smaller in size but richer in antioxidants.
  • Considered one of the most nutritious berries, they are powerhouses of energy and nutrients.
  • One cup of blueberries (148 grams) contains 24% of the RDA recommended Vitamin C, 36% of the RDA recommended Vitamin K and 25% of the RDA Manganese, in addition to fiber.
  • Blueberries consist of around 85% of water and have very low levels of calories and carbohydrates but are rich in nutrients.
  • The antioxidant compounds that are found in blueberries belong to the family of polyphenols and are called flavonoids.
  • One group of flavonoids, anthocyanins, is especially useful for anti-aging, prevention of cancer and heart diseases.
  • Maine in the US produces most number of blueberries in the world.
  • Blueberries are used as natural food dye.

Health Benefits Of Blueberries For Kids:

1. Acts Against Cancer Cells:

Regular consumption of blueberries helps prevent DNA damage and reduce the chances of developing cancer from a very early age. The antioxidants in the fruit destroy the free radicals floating in the blood stream and reduce oxidative DNA damage.

2. Lowers Cholesterol:

Blueberry juice or powder helps in lowering cholesterol in the blood and prevents numerous heart diseases. Consuming blueberries in any form from at an early age keeps the heart healthy, lowers the levels of cholesterol and aids in the proper functioning of your kid’s heart.

3. Improves Brain Function:

Blueberries also help maintain brain function, reduce oxidative damage to the brain cells and improve the memory of your children. Consumption of blueberries can help your child to learn and memorize things better, assist in the cognitive development of the brain and reduce stress in the body as well as the mind.

4. Controls Muscle Damage:

Blueberries reduce muscle damage caused by long hours of playing or strenuous exercise. It helps your kids to gain strong and flexible muscles and learn better body balance to perform the everyday challenges of life with more zeal and enthusiasm that aid in their performance.

Easy Blueberry Recipes For Kids:

Eating blueberries in fruit form may be boring for you kid. Include the fruit in various recipes to ensure that your child is having sufficient quantity of it. Here are a few recipes that you can try.

1. Ice Cream Pie With Warm Blueberry Sauce:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 refrigerated piecrust
  • 1/3 cup of fine sugar
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2 bowls of freshly grated blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of corn flour
  • 2 pints of vanilla ice cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon finely ground
  • Tart pans of 4 inches each

How To:

  1. Set the oven at a temperature of 375 degrees and grease the bottom and sides of the tart pans with vegetable oil or butter.
  2. Divide the pie crust into four equal portions and turn round till they are larger than the pans. After that, press the dough slightly into the tart pans.
  3. Trim the excess dough around the pan and line the dough with butter paper or foil.
  4. Now stuff the dough with pie weights or dried beans.
  5. Put the pans on a baking sheet, set the oven and bake it for ten minutes straight.
  6. Do away with the weights and paper, and set aside the baked pie for cooling.
  7. During the baking time, you can heat up the saucepan and cook the blueberries by adding sugar, water, cornstarch, and cinnamon till the sauce has a viscous texture.
  8. Take away from the stove and set it to cool for a while. Eliminate the crusts from pans, pour the cooked tarts on the serving plates. At the sides, place two scopes of ice cream.
  9. Pour the prepared blueberry sauce over the top of the tarts and enjoy the dessert.

2. Blueberry Muffins:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • ¾ cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, previously melted and kept for cooling
  • 2 large and fresh eggs
  • 1 ½ cups of blueberry
  • 2 tablespoons of turbinado sugar for flavoring

How To:

  1. Set the oven to 375° F and keep 12 muffin cups or molds along with paper liners or coat them with butter for a greasy effect.
  2. Take a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, and salt and whip them together to form a fine mixture.
  3. Take a medium sized bowl and pour the granulated sugar, milk, eggs and butter and whisk them together. You can also add it to the flour mixture.
  4. Add the blueberries but do not over mix.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups and add some turbinado sugar, if desired.
  6. Now bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes and cool the baked items for five minutes. Shift the items to a wire shelf to cool completely or serve the healthy blueberry muffins for kids right away, if desired.

3. Fruit Kebabs With Blueberries:

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 1⁄3 cup cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 2 cups watermelon or pineapple
  • Pieces of apples

How To:

  1. Blend two cups of the blueberries, cheese and appricot preserves together.
  2. Move it to a bowl and and refrigerate it.
  3. On bamboo skewers, prepare kebabs with apples, blueberries and watermelon pieces.
  4. Serve them with the blueberry dip.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the recommended daily intake of blueberries?

You may serve a handful of blueberries (fresh, raw, or as a part of a dessert) to your child during their snack time (1).

2. Why do children like blueberries?

Children may like fresh blueberries for their tart-to-sweet taste and the various ways the fruit can be consumed as part of delicious dishes (2).

Talking to your little one about intriguing blueberries facts for kids could leave them asking more for these nutritious little fruits. You may also share these berries’ wide range of health benefits with your children. Blueberries are packed with several vital nutrients required for the proper functioning of the body. Also, their sweet and delicious taste makes them one of the most-loved fruits by kids. You may try various blueberry recipes, such as muffins, to give them a yummy dessert after a meal while also serving this tasty fruit.

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Sadiya Qamar

Sadiya is a writer and editor with a passion for writing about parenthood and children. Her focus areas are health, wellness, and beauty. For MomJunction, she writes on kids’ health and nutrition.  Sadiya believes in doing in-depth research and providing accurate information to help parents with concerns on their children’s growth and development.

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