Blueberries are the Bomb!
Anyone that knows me knows that I always have an abundant supply of blueberries on hand. I usually eat them as a snack right out of the freezer, or I thaw them and throw them in my greek yogurt with a little vanilla and some chia seeds. But when I first pick up my blueberries they are the best just eaten out of the container. Now it’s a yearly tradition to go out to the west side of the state in early August and go blueberry picking. If you don’t enjoy the actually picking you can go out there and just pick them up already boxed up and ready to go. I’ve done both. We usually get about 50 lbs. (yes I said 50 lbs.) and bring them home to the freezer. I might give a few boxes away to friends or family. We find this will last us usually until around May or June of the following year.
Why would you do that you ask? Well first of all, the prices. If you buy them in the store you get a small pint container for around $4.99. I can buy a 10 lbs. box for $24.00. The savings is remarkable. Not to mention the quality of the berries we are picking. Big, Plump and Juicy!! Far better than any store bought berries I have had. Now let’s move on to some of the health benefits of blueberries.
1. Heart Health – Blueberries are known to be good for your heart. They contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help protect your heart. They lower your blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and protect against strokes.
2. Brain Healthy – Some evidence has shown that blueberries also help with short term memory loss and improve motor skills. Recent studies at the University of Cincinnati have suggested that regular consumption may slow the loss of cognitive function and decrease depression in the elderly.
3. Urinary tract health – For women blueberries can be surprisingly beneficial. It has a compound formed of big polymer like heavy molecules which inhibits the growth of bacteria which causes the urinary tract infections.
4. Antidepressants – Blueberries are known to be a good anti-depressant. They keep you fresh, active, fit, sharp, and in a good mood. Remember when picking them the darker the berries the more rich they are in anti-oxidants.
Now the list goes on and on for benefits. From vision help to digestion to cancer. The bottom line is we should all be adding blueberries to our diet in one form or another. I have a great blueberry protein pancake recipe I can share with you. So here goes:
Blueberry Protein Pancakes
1/3 cup of Oats
1/3 cup of Granola
½ cup of Coconut Milk
1 cup of Fage Greek Yogurt
4 Large Eggs
1 tsp. of Vanilla
1/3 cup of Coconut Flour
1/3 cup of Vanilla Protein Powder
½ tsp. of Cinnamon
½ tsp. of Baking Powder
½ tsp. of Baking Soda
Blend the first 6 ingredients in a food processor until well blended.
Whisk in the flour, protein powder, spices and the rest.
Cook like you would a regular pancake.
Drop Blueberries on top of your pancakes as they cook. We use frozen Michigan Blueberries but you can use whatever you have on hand. We also sprinkle a little granola on the top as for some crunch.
I top with yogurt and fresh fruit. You can use whatever you like.