The Brilliant Blueberry

Brilliant Blueberry

Before the 1900’s, blueberries were found growing in the wild on bushes in North America.  With the help of scientists in the 20th century, the secrets on how to grow plump,

juicy berries were discovered. There are three different kinds of blueberries that grow on highbush, lowbush, or the hybrid half-high. The most common blueberry comes from the highbush.

Blueberries are packed with Vitamin C.  In just one serving you get almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C promotes iron absorption which in turn promotes a healthy immune system. Vitamin C also aids the formation of collagen and helps maintain healthy gums.

With just a handful of blueberries, you can meet your daily requirements for fiber. Fiber is essential for a healthy bowel and intestines. Fiber also helps keep your cholesterol in check.

Manganese, which is also found in blueberries, plays an important role in bone development and in converting the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food into to energy.

Blueberries also contain antioxidants.  Antioxidants are an essential molecule needed in the body to fight the cell damaging free radicals that are floating around.

So what makes the blueberry blue? The blueberry is a true-blue food. “It derives its bold coloring from the high content of anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is a water soluble pigment that imparts colors ranging from blue to shades of red.”

When choosing blueberries from your local food market; inspect the container that they are packaged in. Check for molds. Molds will affect the flavor of your blueberries. They are not dangerous if you eat them; however, your blueberry will not have the delicious flavor that you desire. Also look for the ones with the deepest rich blue, these ones are the ripest and the juiciest.

You can freeze your blueberries to make them last longer. I like to throw the frozen ones in pancakes and muffins. I feel that putting them in while they are frozen will prevent them from breaking down during the mixing and changing the color of the pancake or muffin.

Eating them raw is the best way to get the most nutrition value. Cooking any of the raw vegetables or fruits does break down some of the nutritional value a bit. You can also toss them into a bowl of cereal.

Next time you are at the market, grab a carton of the super fruit berries. Start fighting the free radicals that are harming your body. Remember the tips that I gave you in choosing the very best flavored blueberry.

After you have bought your blueberries let’s make a smoothie.

Blueberry Smoothie

blueberry smoothie

½ bag frozen blueberries

2 tablespoon blueberry preserves

7 or 8 ice cubes

1 ½ cups of soy milk

1 banana

Toss everything into the blender. Put it on the highest setting until you do not hear the ice cubes crunching anymore and everything is fairly smooth. You can always add protein powder, flaxseed, or any other energy boosting ingredient that you wish. If you do, wait until everything is blended before adding, then blend for just a moment longer to blend the new ingredients in.

REFERNECES

http://www.almanac.com/plant/blueberries

http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/health-benefits-of-blueberries/blueberry-nutrition/

http://www.blueberry.org/faq.htm

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