The sun was out in Seattle yesterday, and so were blueberries at the farmer’s market. We bought a 1/2 flat (8 pints) for $16 since it was such a good deal at just $2 per pint. We like to think of these type of purchases as investment toward our health (think fork over knives). The great thing about buying these fresh blueberries in bulk now is that you can freeze half the flat and have some amazing blueberry smoothies during the winter months while daydreaming about sunny days. And this method is much cheaper than buying the frozen ones from the grocery stores. Also, recent research has shown that fresh blueberries can be frozen without damaging their delicate anthocyanin antioxidants. Make sure to choose berries that are firm and undamaged.
I love the taste of blueberries so I consume these mostly raw, but doesn’t blueberry flax pancakes sound divine? Not only are blueberries versatile, these nutritional superstars are low maintenance too – no chopping, no peeling, no mess. Of course, we can’t talk blueberries without talking about their gazillion health benefits:
- Has one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables and spices, which make them one of the best foods to combat free radicals.
- Consuming 1 to 2 cups per day has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides while raising the good HDL cholesterol.
- Contains powerful cancer-fighting properties.
- Great source of vitamin C, and boosts the immune system.
- Helps decrease inflammation.
- Supports healthy blood pressure.
- Improves glucose control and insulin sensitivity.
- May improve memory loss.
- May protect the retina from unwanted oxygen damage, as well as damage from sunlight.
- May protect nervous system from oxidative stress.
- May provide antioxidant protection of the digestive tract.
- May strengthen cardiovascular system.
- May reduce muscle damage resulting from strenuous exercise.
Blueberry season is short (our farmer told us 4 weeks) so stock up while you can.