As a side segment I will post short info blogs on fruits and vegetables; their benefits; what vitamins and minerals they have; and how you can incorporate them into your daily meals. This segment – Blueberries!
These wonderful berries have a large amount of phytonutrients which provides our bodies with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. Several studies indicate that they improve brain function (helping with neuron communication) specifically with learning and memory by cleaning the waste out of our brains or “cleaning house” as it were. It has also been proven to help protect the eyes from sun damage and oxidative stress (toxins in the air).
They are high in vitamin C, E, K, manganese, copper and potassium as well as fibre.
It is best to consume blueberries raw as fresh berries contain much higher nutrient levels then ones that are cooked or baked. Although freezing them is no problem as this process does little to diminish the nutrient level.
There a so many ways you can use these tasty berries. You can toss them into a nice fresh salad, add them to your bowl of plain yogurt or throw them into a smoothie. You can even get fancy and create a blueberry parfait for dessert!
Yummy Blueberry Parfait
- 1 cup Plain Yogurt
- ½ cup of Blueberries
- Small handful of crushed Almonds or Walnuts
- 1 Tsp. Maple Syrup or Honey
(Optional: top with crystallized ginger and/or a sprig of mint)
- Layer blueberries and yogurt in a glass.
- Sprinkle nuts and drizzle syrup or honey on top. Enjoy!