100 Foods: Blueberries

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

 

Blueberries:

My local stores are not yet carrying blueberries… the weather has been a little odd around here though. Usually we catch our blueberries in the frozen food section… mostly as it is only me that would eat them fresh.

Blueberries have many nutrients which may work against cancer cell development and the slowing down of Alzheimer’s development. They also work the same as cranberries in aiding in the prevention/treatment of urinary tract infections and the lowering of cholesterol. Other vitamins/nutrients: Lutein, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, C, E, K, Folate, Iron, Calcium, Potassium and Zinc.

Usually we have our blueberries raw… either whole or in our green smoothies. In green smoothies it hides the greenness which makes it more palatable for picky eaters. Also… I will not lie… I love blueberry pie… and I would like one right now…

Blueberries also make great alternatives to ice-cubes in many drinks as they chill and add flavor.

How do you like your blueberries?

~Emme
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