10 Delicious Things to Do with Blueberry Pie Filling

If you are tired of looking at that can of blueberry pie filling sitting in your cupboard, here are some creative ideas to "use it up" while creating a delicious treat:

1. Add the blueberry pie filling to a cake mix. Don't laugh--this can be very good! To avoid throwing off the recipe, decrease the amount of oil and water on the box to make up for the filling you added.

2. Serve your blueberry pie filling on top of pancakes or crepes

3. Warm it up and service it with vanilla ice cream

4. Whiz up a blueberry smoothie! Combining the blueberries with bananas, vanilla ice cream, or a little milk is a great way to come up with a delicious shake

5. Make a blueberry cheesecake

6. Make a blueberry and grape jello, with whip cream on top

7. Make a blueberry cobbler

8. Whip up some blueberry muffins

9. Make a blueberry cheesecake

10. Make blueberry jam

While you're whipping up your berry delight, you'll be happy to know that while blueberries are literally bursting with nutrients and flavor, yet very low in calories. Recent research has confirmed that blueberries are one of the highest fruit sources of antioxidants, rated highly for their ability to destroy free radicals.

A cousin of the blueberry, the bilberry, is also good for your eyes. Studies have found it to improve night time vision and promote quicker adjustment to darkness and faster restoration of visual acuity after exposure to glare. British Air Force pilots certainly believed in bilberry during World War II, when they regular consumed bilberry preserves before their night missions in an effort to improve visual acuity.

Because they are a great source of fiber, blueberries can help to relieve diarrhea and constipation. Blueberries also contain tannins, which serve help reduce inflammation in the digestive system by serving as astringents. Blueberries also promote urinary tract health by helping to prevent or eliminate urinary tract infections.

Blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress, and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have found that blueberry-rich diets significantly improve both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging animals, bringing their mental prowess up equal to much younger animals. If blueberries can do this for animals, no doubt they can do it for humans as well. So get that can of blueberries off the shelf. Or better yet, buy some fresh blueberries and whip up one of the food options ideas above, today.

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