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Written by Tera on June 22, 2012 – -
by Guest BloggerBlueberry picking time is here!
We are headed out this next week with our home-school group to pick blueberries. Berry-picking is one of our favorite outings! I often joke with the owner of the farm, who charges by the pound at the end of the picking trip, that she should weigh my daughter before and after berry-picking if she really wants to get paid fairly! I really think she eats as much as we take home each trip. But, we still wind up at home wondering what to do with all those berries???
My first reaction is usually the same with all excess fruit: Freeze it! We consume a lot of smoothies around here and it is always nice to have lots of frozen fruit on hand to make a variety. We also have quite a few other favorite ways to enjoy blueberries that I’d love to share. But first, let’s talk about these sweet little power-house berries and the health benefits they bless us with.
Blueberries’ super antioxidant powers are most well known. It is true, the “anthocyanidins”, which give blueberries that rich, dark blue color, have been shown to improve the integrity of the veins and the entire vascular system, through preventing free-radical damage and improving the integrity of collagen.
Anthocyanidins also enhances the health promoting effects of the vitamin C found in blueberries.
Resveratol, which is found mostly in the skin of the blueberry, is highly effective in preventing heart disease and cancer. Blueberries are also a good source of manganese and vitamin E. Blueberries are also recognized for their ability to protect the brain from oxidative stress, ease elimination and promote urinary tract health.
Just pop them in the freezer. Wait til frozen, and then just pop them in your mouth!
Warning: Frozen blueberries are addictive and give your mouth that beautiful purple tint!
1 cup frozen blueberries
½ cup orange juice
Blend well and pour into popsicle makers. Freeze for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!!
½ cup macadamia nuts
½ cup shredded dry coconut
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 Tablespoons agave nectar (or honey or maple syrup)
Blend in a food processor and press into glass pie dish.
2 cup young coconut meat
½ cup virgin coconut oil
2 to 4 Tablespoons agave nectar (or honey or maple syrup)
1 Tablespoon lime juice
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract (or seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean)
1 cup blueberries
Blend the rest of the ingredients, except blueberries, in a blender until smooth. Add coconut water, if needed. Remove crust out from freezer and pour blueberries on top. Pour filling over top of blueberries. Return to freezer for 3-4 hours . Get a big slice and enjoy! My daughter really enjoys this dish with a little chocolate sauce drizzled over it. Mix equal parts raw cacao powder, coconut oil and sweetener of your choice (agave nectar, honey or maple syrup).
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