So you’ve heard that blueberries are a Superfood, but do you know what that means? That means blueberries are one of the healthiest foods for you, and if you ask me, one of the tastiest too!
Here is a list of possible health benefits you’ll find in blueberries:
- Loaded with vitamins and minerals
- Good for your brain
- Good for your skin
- Helps you lose weight
- Prevents aging
- Prevents cancer
- Prevents heart disease
- Increases Dopamine which make you feel good
- Reduces pain
- Prevents urinary tract infections
- Prevents eyes from damage from oxygen
- May reduce allergy symptoms
- May help maintain blood sugar levels in diabetics
Phytochemicals in blueberries are responsible for most of these benefits. They are loaded with them!
When you buy blueberries you may want to buy organic. Pesticide residue is higher on blueberries than other fruits. Check the blueberries to be sure they are firm and free from mold before you buy them. Store them in the grocery store container and do not wash them until you are ready to eat them. Adding water increases the chances of mold during storage. If you buy a lot of blueberries you may freeze some. Spread them out on a cookie sheet making sure they don’t touch. This will keep them from sticking together when they freeze. Put the cookie sheet in the freezer. Once they are frozen hard, take them off the cookie sheet and put them in freezer bags.
Blueberries are native to North America so if you want fresh blueberries it’s fairly easy to grow them. Blueberries are grown on a bush which can be planted anywhere in your yard. They make a nice hedge too. The trick to growing good blueberries is soil preparation. Blueberries need plenty of moisture so add compost and peat moss to your planting spot before you plant your bush. Pinch off flowers the first year to allow the bush to expend its energy into growing thick and healthy roots and branches. In a couple years you will be rolling in blueberries!
There are so many ways to use blueberries. Put them on your cereal, fruit salad, or green salad. Bake them in bread, muffins, scones or cobbler. Make pancake syrup out of them, juice them, add them to your smoothies or just pop them in the mouth fresh from the bush!