16 June 2010

Ooooooh Baby, It's Blueberry Season


I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill
On Blueberry Hill where I found you

They may rank #5 on the Dirty Dozen list – so be sure to buy organic – but blueberries are phytonutrient superstars. In fact, these little gems have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. This is mainly due to the presence of Anthocyanin. That's the pigment responsible for their lovely blue color. So take advantage of the season, load up on these yummy berries and rev up your immune system.

Bonus: a study at the University of Michigan suggests that blueberries may help reduce belly fat and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. Sweet!

How To Pick 'Em

Choose ripe berries that are firm and rich in color. It's best not to wash your berries until right before eating, as washing will remove the bloom – the whitish hue – that protects the skin from degradation. Gently pat them dry and store in a covered container in the refrigerator, where they'll keep for about a week. Ha, just try to keep them a week! Bet you can't do it. These babies will be calling your name.

Here's a thick and creamy post-workout smoothie I've enjoyed every day this week.
Berry Boost

2 C organic blueberries
2 frozen bananas
4 Tbsp Garden of Life Raw Protein
1 1/2 C
Zico Pure Coconut Water

Place all ingredients in your favorite blender, hit the magic button, and voilà

Here's a sampling of some other raw vegan recipes where I've found my blueberry thrill. Enjoy!

The Gluten-Free Hippie serves up this delightful Blueberry Lavender Coconut Creme, drizzled over fresh peach slices. Does a summer breakfast get any better than this?

Enjoy a quintessential summer with this smooth and silky Blueberry Pie.

I felt like I hit the lottery recently when I discovered YumUniverse™. It's definitely one of my new favorite haunts in cyberspace. Lots of fab food porn to explore, but these Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes and Blueberry Hemp Milk ought to keep your inner voyeur happy for awhile.

Raw Chef Shernell Cooke does double duty with her tasty Blueberry Fondue/Ice Cream.

How 'bout you? What's your favorite way to enjoy fresh blueberries in season? Thrill us with your recipes below!


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