Little Powerful berries. By some considered and ranked number 1 anti-oxidant in the world of anti-oxidants. Great to add to your breakfast, in a smoothie, in a salad, vegetable casserole or as dessert.
Organic facts and health benefits:
Aging: Aside from genetic factors, when we consider the effect of free radicals on aging as the main cause of various symptoms, blueberries bring you the brightest ray of hope for staying young. The presence of a pigment Anthocyanin which is gives them their blue color, plus the abundance of vitamin-C are big factors for their claim as the top anti-oxidant. You can prevent many signs of aging like wrinkles, age spots, cataracts, osteoporosis, hair loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease by eating blueberries.
Urinary Tract Infection: Certain bacterial colonies like E-coli along the lining of the inner walls of urinary tract is responsible for this infection, resulting in inflammation and causing a burning sensation during the passage of urine, plus other complications. Blueberries can be surprisingly beneficial for this condition. Their polymer-like molecules compound inhibits the growth of such bacteria together with certain antibiotic properties. These molecules basically scrub these bacteria off the walls along the tract, thereby preventing the infection. So far, this compound has only been found in cranberries and blueberries.
Eye Care & Macular Degeneration: Blueberries can prevent or delay all age-related ocular problems like macular degeneration, cataracts, myopia and hypermetropia, dryness, and infections, particularly those pertaining to the retina, due to their antioxidant properties. Macular degeneration is a serious problem where the retina of the eye degenerates gradually, ultimately leading to complete or partial blindness. Eat them for healthier vision. Blueberries contain special groups of antioxidants called carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin amongst others), flavonoids (like rutin, resveritrol, quercetin and others), and other antioxidant compounds like vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, selenium, zinc and phosphorus, which are all very beneficial and essential for ocular health.
Brain Function, Memory & Alzheimer’s Disease: The antioxidant properties again come into play. The anthocyanin, the selenium, the vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, zinc, sodium, potassium, copper,magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and all the others can prevent and heal neurotic disorders by preventing the degeneration and death of neurons. These essential nutrients also protect braincells and help to restore the health of the central nervous system. It is hard to believe that these berries can also cure serious problems like Alzheimer’s disease to a great extent. They even heal damaged brain cells and neuron tissues to keep your memory sharp for a very long time.
Constipation & Digestion: While the roughage (fiber) in a couple handfuls of blueberries prevents constipation, the vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose and acids improve digestion by stimulating the correct gastric and digestive juices to move food smoothly and safely through your gastrointestinal system.
Cancer: Blue Berries can prove to be extremely valuable for cancer patients, for they contain certain compounds like Pterostilbene (an excellent remedy for colon and liver cancer) and Ellagic Acid which, in harmony with Anthocyanin and other antioxidants like vitamin-C and copper, can do miracles to both prevent and cure cancer.
Heart Disease: The high fiber content, those brilliant antioxidants, and their ability to dissolve the ‘bad cholesterol’ makes blueberries an ideal dietary supplement to cure many heart diseases, while also strengthening the cardiac muscles.
Immunity: Blueberries, being very rich in antioxidants like Anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial substance), selenium, zinc, and iron(promotes immunity by raising hemoglobin and oxygen concentration in blood), it can seriously boost your immune system and prevent infections. Once your immune system is strong, you won’t catch colds, fever, pox and countless other communicable diseases spread by bacteria and viruses.
Other Facts: Blueberries keep you feeling fresh, active, fit, sharp, close to nature and in a good mood, as they are very good antidepressants. You also won’t need to spend a lot of money on medicine, because blueberries are effective against so many different conditions. There are also no negative side effects associated with this “superfood”. A final interesting thing to know about blueberries is that the deeper the color of the blueberries, the richer they are in antioxidants and other medicinal nutrients. Remember buy organic, namely grown with no pesticides.
This WIN WIN Food no-bake cheesecake is decadently rich, bursting with fruity freshness at the same time. Plus the color is downright…
Produce 2 cups Blueberries Condiments 1 1/2 tsp Lemon or lime juice 1/2 cup agave Nuts & Seeds 2 cups Cashews, raw Bread & Baked Goods 1 batch raw pie crust
INSTRUCTIONS Prepare the crust according to the instructions and set aside. Drain and rinse the cashews and throw into a food processor or a high speed blender together with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until the mixture is completely smooth. Pour over the prepared crust and freeze for at least two hours. Let sit on the counter for about 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Be careful, the coloring power of this cheesecake is quite something :) Store leftovers in the freezer.**
NOTES *You can try experimenting with entirely sugar-free options such as erythritol, xylitol or stevia. It should work just fine, you’ll need to add some water or non-dairy milk to make up for the missing liquid. Just add enough so that you can actually blend the mixture. The amount of those sweeteners will depend on taste, I’d think about ¾ cup xylitol or 1 cup erythritol should do it. Stevia amounts depends on the type you have on hand so use to taste. **Once frozen, I like to slice the entire cake and wrap each piece in plastic foil and then a box and put it back in the freezer. That way, any time I feel like having a piece, I just pull one or two slices out, unwrap, set them on a plate and wait for them to thaw slightly. In the winter, I like to put the plate on top of the heater to speed things up a bit.
BREAKFAST BLUEBERRY CHIA PUDDING [VEGAN]
THIS RECIPE IS : Dairy FreeVegan
COOK TIME 20
Ingredients 2 tbsp chia 3⁄4 cup water 1⁄3 cup cashews 2–3 fresh pitted dates, or dried pitted dates soaked in water overnight to rehydrate Makes about 1 1⁄2 cups (1 serving) Pinch of cinnamon Pinch of sea salt Fresh or frozen blueberries
Soak chia in water for 15 minutes. In a blender, combine with the rest of the ingredients, except the blueberries, and blend until smooth. Transfer to serving bowl and top with blueberries. source: one green planet
BLUEBERRY AÇAÍ SUPER SMOOTHIE [VEGAN]
THIS RECIPE IS : Dairy FreeKid-FriendlySugar Free / Low SugarVegan
INGREDIENTS 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice 1/2 cup fresh blueberries 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 cup frozen pineapple 1/2 cup fresh apple, chopped 1-ounce packet unsweetened frozen acai Handful of fresh baby spinach 1 tablespoon flax seed
PREPARATION Combine all ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth and serve.It’s Nutrient-rich and delish. Enjoy.
NOTES If you like beets and I know I do, add 1/2 cup raw or cooked beets into this smoothie. So good! source: one green planet.