One fruit can get you through the winter blues

By: Angeli Kakade, Buzz60

Some families spend winter praying for snow and a weekend getaway on the slopes, but sick kids, cabin fever and power outages have most families counting down the days until spring break.

According to a survey by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, of the 2,000 families surveyed, one in three parents have a hard time during winter months and experience declines in mood, diet and energy levels.

Many people ditch their healthy summer lifestyles for Netflix and Snuggies in the winter, while dreaming about sunny days and BBQ parties.

Turns out 42% of families long for the fresh fruit and veggies widely available in the summer. Perusing the produce section in January is actually a tease because it's really just a lot of apples.

Luckily, not all fruits are created equal and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council says the small round fruit is available all year long with the same quality and taste.

With 56% of families having a hard time saying no to junk food during winter months, blueberries are a great way to meet junk food in the middle and satisfy that sweet tooth while keeping nutrition levels up.

Blueberries and cream is the new blueberry pie, which is a great addition to any snow day snuggle session!

Scroll through for some cooking inspiration:

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Blueberry Recipes

Chicken & Blueberry Pasta Salad
Yes, blueberries and pasta. The addition of poached chicken and feta cheese makes this dish into a light and satisfying summer supper that's also great for a potluck.

Click here for the recipe.

Home-Style Pancakes with Blueberry Butter

Recipe courtesy of Candle 79 Cookbook by Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos and Jorge Pineda/Ten Speed Press, 2011.

Click here for the recipe.

Turkey with Blueberry Pan Sauce

Blueberries have just the right mix of acid and pectin so that they're terrific in both sweet and savory dishes. They work especially well with thyme - so this easy turkey saute can be a delight whenever the berries are in season.

Click here for the recipe.

Teriyaki Pork Chops with Blueberry-Ginger Relish
Take 5 minutes in the morning to get these pork chops marinating so they're ready to grill the same night or even the next day. Serve with grilled corn on the cob and Frozen Raspberry Pie for dessert.

Click here for the recipe.


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