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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wyman's of Maine Blueberries {and a recipe}


When Wyman's of Maine contacted me to try their frozen blueberries I knew right away I wanted in! My kids LOVE fruit. More specifically, BLUEBERRIES! McKinley and Jett will sit and eat a pint of blueberries in one sitting. They absolutley love them.

Why are Wyman's so good??
In August, during the short harvest season of wild blueberries, Wyman’s of Maine freezes their crop within 24 hours of picking to offer the freshest wild blueberries year round. Wyman’s has 10,000 lush acres of wild blueberries where they grow this antioxidant-packed, flavorful fruit and transport it from farm to freezer to table.

When I received my blueberry coupons in the mail I went right away to Publix and found them in the freezer section right next to the store brand frozen fruit. Easy-peasy to find, right?! {you can also find Wyman's of Maine Blueberries at WalMart}

Little did I know, after being married to him for almost 12 years, my husband loves blueberry pancakes. For real?? Who is this man? {I think I was scarred for life when I was forced to eat blueberry pecan pancakes as a kid at a friend's house. Or maybe, I felt obligated to eat them. Either way I am not a fan of them in my pancakes. But, as I say to my kids, don't yuck someone else's yum.}

Since Hubs is the breakfast maker in our home he got up early one morning and surprised the kids with blueberry pancakes {and me a few without}. I make a mean bowl of cereal...he makes fresh pancakes and waffles. They LOVED them. Each became a member of the Clean Plate Club that morning. They were GOOOD!!! Or, so I was told.

Of course, I couldn't write this big long post about Wyman's of Maine Blueberries without having tried them for myself.

Last week I set out to make the best Blueberry Cake of all time! Ellie's Famous Blueberry Cake, that is. And it was yummmmy! {you can click the recipe name for the recipe itself}

Wyman's Blueberries
{I wish you could smell it...It smelled amazing!}

While I was mixing all of the ingredients together McKinley came over and swiped the bag of remaining blueberries and finished them! There was a good cup or more still in there. When the bag was empty she asked if I could go to the store and get more Wyman's of Maine Blueberries. {I will for sure be buying these in the future!}

Did you know blueberries were good for you? I mean, aside from being fruit. They're a REALLY good fruit for you to eat!

Out of 40 different fruits and vegetables tested, wild blueberries take first prize in the antioxidant category, even more than cultivated, fresh blueberries from the produce aisle. Antioxidants aid in fighting free radicals that can cause cell damage leading to cancer, heart disease and other age-related conditions. Wild blueberries also have a number of other significant health benefits, including:

• High in fiber - One cup of wild blueberries contains 6.2 grams of dietary fiber. That is 25% of your recommended Daily Value (DV). Fiber reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. It also regulates blood cholesterol levels.
• High in manganese - One cup of wild blueberries provides 200% DV of manganese, a trace mineral that helps bones develop.
• Relieves eye strain - Some European and Asian countries call wild blueberries the “vision fruit,” importing millions of pounds of wild blueberries a year.
• High in potassium - This vitamin is important in helping combat high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease. It may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help decrease bone loss.
• High in vitamin C - Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of all body tissues and helps to keep teeth and gums healthy.
• High in folate (folic acid) - The folate in wild blueberries helps the body form red blood cells and helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

Wyman's Blueberries

So, tell me, do you buy frozen fruit? It's the best way to get all of those delicious berries that we love in the summer, in the winter. I'd love to hear what you make with your frozen fruit. Tell me in the comments!

Disclosure: Wyman's of Maine sent me coupons to get free product. The opinions in this post are my own. 

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