Happy Birthday, USA! This year, the United States of America will be turning 242 years old. This monumental day symbolizing our country’s independence calls for a fun, active day enjoying the sunshine. Whether that be spending time with friends and family at a barbecue, building sandcastles with the kids at the beach, or taking the boat out for a relaxing day on the water – it’s bound to be a great one.
Let’s make this year’s nationwide birthday party one to remember, by going WILD. The Wild Blueberry delivers on the nutrition that its name suggests. One cup of Wild Blueberries has 25% of the recommended daily allowance of fiber, which promotes gut health and may lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. The antioxidants that give Wild Blueberries their rich blue hue fight off free radicals that have been linked to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and other conditions. One cup of Wild Blueberries has more antioxidant power than 20 other fruits and vegetables, including cranberries, and even cultivated blueberries, according to a report by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
What makes Wild Blueberries so powerful? In the wild, they combat stress and naturally protect themselves by producing phytochemicals and anthocyanins. It’s these naturally occurring compounds that help protect us from inflammation and chronic disease when we eat them.
Plus, adding this superfruit to any recipe is a natural way to include a little blue to your patriotic themed dishes. Now let’s get cooking:
Snack Time with Wild Blueberry Energy Bars
To keep the “hangriness” at bay during a long day of celebration, have a number of on-the-go snacks on hand. This holiday, ditch the store-bought bars and make your own. It’s really easy and you can be certain they’ll be packed with the nutrition you need. One of our favorite recipes is this Wild Blueberry Energy Bar. Filled with frozen Wild Blueberries, oats, honey, and other healthy ingredients, it will help keep you going no matter what activity is planned.
Have a refreshing glass of Sparkling Wild Blueberry Lemonade
Everyone craves an ice-cold lemonade on a hot summer day. This Sparkling Wild Blueberry Lemonade is delicious and refreshing. It’s infused with sparkling water, coconut water, lemons, and our favorite ingredient– frozen Wild Blueberries! Study results reveal that the nutritional value of frozen fruits and vegetables are generally equal to – and in some cases better than – their fresh counterparts. Freezing also locks in the complex sweet and tart taste of Wild Blueberries. So, the high nutritional value is guaranteed to last whenever you decide to take Wild Blueberries out of the freezer!
Simple and Delicious Skewers for your cookout: Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs with Wild Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
This special holiday is a great way to bring family, friends, and even the neighborhood together for some delicious food! Forgo the hamburgers and hot dogs and add some excitement to your barbecue with our WILDLY delicious Shrimp and Veggie Kabob recipe! These kabobs are loaded with jumbo shrimp, slices of large red, green, and yellow bell peppers, and onions – drizzled with a tasty Wild Blueberry BBQ sauce. These mouth-watering, one-of-a-kind skewers will leave everyone at the barbeque wanting more! So, fire up that grill and get grillin’!
American Staple: Wild Blueberry Pie
The staple of American desserts – Wild Blueberry Pie. Filled with frozen Wild Blueberries, this crowd favorite is the perfect way to bring your friends and family together to celebrate the birthday of our nation. Although some desserts get a bad rep for being filled with “empty-calories” this is not the case with this tasty pie – because it’s made with Wild Blueberries. So, go ahead and eat pie this holiday!
We hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July. Happy 242nd Birthday, USA!