It’s Blueberry Season

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It’s that time of year again when fresh fruit is abundant in Vancouver. Among the fresh strawberries and cherries are another famous berry, blueberries!

Did you know that blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America? They are also in season in BC from July until early October.

Blueberries are one of the most antioxidant rich food in the world; the antioxidant properties in blueberries, (and other antioxidant rich foods) help to stave off aging, reduce cell damage that can lead to cancer and increases HDL (good) cholesterol which can help prevent cardiovascular disease. Blueberries also contain tanins that can help to prevent against urinary tract infections.  🙂

Blueberries and other berries are also great for your waist line as they are low on the glycemic index and also low in calories and fat so pick them for your dessert or find other creative ways to incorporate them into your day!

A great idea would be to stock up on blueberries now and freeze them so that you can keep the health benefits of blueberries and can enjoy them all year long.

Here are some other ideas for ways to enjoy blueberries this summer:

  • by the handful on their own, they would make a great snack for your next movie (and no micorwave popping or loud chewing required)
  • topped on plain low fat greek yogurt with a sprinkle of chia seeds, hemp seeds and a small handfull of bran buds or low fat granola
  • tossed in your morning cereal or oatmeal
  • tossed in your ice cream
  • blended into a smoothie with plain yogurt, milk, a banana and spinach
  • blueberry bran muffins (recipe to come)
  • add to pancake batter (make sure to place into batter once already in the frying pan not just add to the batter in the bowl, it will turn your pancakes blue…)

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  1. Pingback: Blueberry Bran Muffins | Better Eats Nutrition

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