Why eat more blueberries? Blueberries, and all berries for that matter, are between the most nutrient dense foods you can eat. Blueberries and strawberries are particularly rich in chemical compounds that lower blood pressure and make blood vessels more elastic. Many studies show they have potential to slow brain aging, fight cancer and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. You will need to eat five servings of carrots, apples, peas, broccoli or squash to get the antioxidants contained in one half cup of blueberries.
Native Americans ate a diet rich in wild berries. Since berries are naturally sweet, they used them to sweeten other foods. Many recipes today used berries in dry and natural form to add sweetness to a dish without adding sugar.
Blueberries are native to North America. The peak season is from May to August. But, you can find frozen blueberries in supermarkets year-round. There is also some research that shows that frozen berries are almost as nutritious as fresh berries. If you are not going to eat them right away, it’s best to be freeze them. They spoil very quickly.
Cooking the blueberries can more than double their antioxidant levels! This is a good reason to use them in tarts, pies or just add them to your snacks.
I love using cooked blueberries as a snack with Greek yogurt and nuts.
One of our family traditions involves having pancakes on Sundays. Kids love my gluten-free almond/coconut banana pancakes topped with cooked blueberries and a drizzle of local maple syrup. I will share my pancakes recipe soon
I was so amazed when I first learned about the benefits of cooked blueberries. It’s a simple and easy process, but the benefits are significant. I will continue to share tips like this in future posts.
If you have any tips of your own, please share in the comments section.
- 1 lb. of fresh or frozen blueberries
- 2 tbsp. of coconut flour to thicken
- Put the blueberries in a saucepan or a pot and bring to a boil for 10 minutes in a medium heat, stir a few times.
- Add the 2 tbsp. of coconut flour to thicken, cook for a few more minutes.
- Let it cool down before serving.