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Author: LisaFerber

Blueberries are a sweet summertime treat that are also a helpful weight-loss aid. The juicy morsels are full of fiber, which helps you feel satisfied after eating, and which can help flush out your system so you don't get bloated. They also contain phytochemical C3G, which research suggest may help increase fat metabolism and stir up production of leptin, which decreases appetite.

Other benefits of blueberries are the vitamin C and antioxidants present, both of which help fight off cell-damaging free radicals, thereby helping to prevent illnesses such as cancer and diabetes.

Blueberries are one of the few fruit species that are native to the Americas. The Native Americans called them Star Berries, as they believed the Great Spirit sent them from the stars to keep people well fed and happy, and they believed that the mark on the bottom of a blueberry is a sign that we should remember that this fruit came to us from the stars.

This "guilt-free" recipe for Blueberry Pie comes from www.NutritionTwins.com When you’re finished, make sure to get your dishes superclean with Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid – Hand Care Formula in soothing Lavender & Vanilla scent.

Homemade Skinny Blueberry Pie

Note: If you want to make this in a hurry, bake the pie filling on twelve individual graham crackers so you end up with twelve mini-pies. It is out of this world!
If you want a more traditional pie, use the crust recipe below--it’s delish and so much healthier than traditional versions. (If you want to use store-prepared pie crust, just know the calories will be a lot higher).

Ingredients

Filling:
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp cornstarch
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
4 cups fresh blueberries
1 tbsp butter

Easy version pie crust:
12 Graham crackers

More traditional style Healthy Pie Crust:
Oil in a spray jar
12 Graham crackers
2 ripe bananas
2 teaspoons honey

Directions

If you are making pie crust: (If you prefer to use the graham cracker as your pie bottom, start at step 7)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mash the bananas with a fork and put them in a mixer and add the honey.
3. Break the graham crackers into small pieces and add them to the mixer. Blend on low speed  to form a cohesive mix. Depending on your mixer, you may begin to form a dough at this speed.
4. After 3-4 minutes if you have not formed a dough, gradually turn up the speed of the mixer, slowly, until the texture is dough-like.
5. Spray your pie dish with oil spray.
6. Place the ball of dough in the center of the pie dish and using your fingers spread the dough out across the bottom and up the edges of the pan.
7. Place blueberries in a large bowl.
8. Combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon until mixed thoroughly. Sprinkle over blueberries.
9. Pour the blueberry mixture into the crust, and place small amounts of butter throughout, on top of blueberry mixture. If you are using graham crackers, simply divide the blueberry mixture amongst 12 graham crackers and drop the butter throughout. Then bake until the graham cracker starts to get golden.Bake pie for about 50 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Per Serving Using the 12 mini pies: 142 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g protein, 18 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 140 mg sodium

Nutrition info will be similar per serving using the Graham pie crust that you make yourself.
 

Photo: WillBlog4FoodDC

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