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Antioxidant Alert: Blueberries

I love to talk about food, and this means my girls are forced to listen to me extol the virtues of eating a rainbow.
When we list all the foods and colors and arrive at blue the only food we can come up with is blueberries. Which is fine with us, because we all love them. And, really, what is not to love about the blueberry? Low in calories and high in antioxidants, blueberries definitely fall into the super-food category. Plus they are just coming into season so now is the time to indulge in the singular virtue of this blue food.

Blueberries are high in phytonutrients called anthocyanidins. Unpronounceable but powerful, this antioxidant is an antibacterial pigment, which has a beneficial effect on blood vessels and the treatment of varicose veins. Blueberries also contain tannins, which act as astringents in the digestive system to reduce inflammation. Blueberries also promote urinary tract health, since they contain the same compounds found in cranberries.

Personally, I like blueberries just about any way you can serve them: fresh and unadulterated straight out of the basket, on cereal, in muffins, distilled into a compote and ladled over ice cream whole wheat pancakes.

Tell me, do you love blueberries? If so, what is your favorite way to enjoy them?

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Leaia Leaia 8 years
MMMMMM i LOVE blueberries. I usually have 1 cup of them for breakfast with another piece of fruit. I might make blueberry/whole wheat pancakes this afternoon....I don't know much about cooking, so I hope they don't turn out to be a total mess!
maddie522 maddie522 9 years
i looove em. just had breakfast of blueberries, copped red pear, and kashi hot cereal. so good!
neonbible neonbible 9 years
I love BLUEBERRIES I have them in smoothies: 1 cup bluberries sometimes half strawberries 1 cup almond milk 1 tbs sprouted ground flaxseed and sometimes a banana YUMMMMMMMMMM
valancyjane valancyjane 9 years
Pie! Heh. I have been hearing from all corners how great they are. I don't much like them raw, but I've been thinking about making a compote and using that in yogurt. Maybe if I work at it I can learn to like them raw.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I love blueberries! I'm glad in the summer they're cheap! I remember once when I was little my sister and I took a huge basket of blueberries that were in my grandma's fridge and mashed them all up in a bowl. She wasn't very happy about that!
Advah Advah 9 years
Blueberries are delicious, my flatmate and I are obsessed with French toast + blueberries + raspberries. And of course plenty of maple syrup. :P
mehollowell mehollowell 9 years
Blueberries are the best summer fruit!
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 9 years
yum, theres nothing better than blueberries in the summer!
graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 9 years
I LOVE blueberries! I'll eat them by the handful (especially if they're chilled in the fridge) but I wont say no to blueberries in fruit salad, baked goods, or anything else tasty!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
After my annual blueberry picking trip (usually May/June here in Florida), I make low-fat blueberry spelt muffins. I freeze the muffins and have breakfast for the next month.
babygal14 babygal14 9 years
My mom loves blueberries she always talks about how good they are for you I always thought blueberries were okay but I have to have them with something like waffles or yogurt because after awhile i get sick of them
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I LOOOOVE blueberries!!! I eat them all the time. They're so good frozen in the summer...I mix them with yogurt and a bit of honey and they're spectacular. I think that technically, blackberries are sort of "blue", but they're more purple I guess. I wonder how many antioxidants are in them?
WeightingGame WeightingGame 9 years
I just got home from a business trip, opened the fridge and the first thing I grabbed were fresh blueberries. Ate em over the sink - yummm.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
I eat frozen blueberries + plain yogurt every day as a snack :D
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
my mother made an angelfood, strawberry, blurberry, and sugarfree cool whip trifle for 4th of was delish.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I actually dumped some on top of my waffles this morning. I almost wanted to take a picture too because they looked nice spread over the waffles.
jdeprima jdeprima 9 years
My co-op has frozen organic blueberries on sale right now, so I've stocked up. This week, my snack of choice has been about 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, and a tiny drizzle of agave nectar. Perfect in this muggy heat! Sweet Adeline, I used to live in GA and had three blueberry bushes in my front yard. Those were the days...
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 9 years
When my daughters were young, my family would drive to DeMotte, IN to pick this wonderful fruit. Now that I live in Georgia, I am able to pick them earlier! My favorite way to eat blueberries is to put one in my mouth and pop it and then another, etc. MMM!!!
HollHsoontobeC HollHsoontobeC 9 years
I love eating them fresh off the farm. Yesterday I went to Moods Farm Markety in Southern NJ. If you live in the tri-state area I definitely recommend going. Google it! I picked over 2lbs of blueberries & at $1.10 a lb it was soo worth it! They also have rasberries & peaches. I bought some peaches from the farm market and they literally melted in my mouth. Excercise & cheap fruit = amazing!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
any way I can get them! but in yogurt with granola on top is my favorite these days. I also have some incredible homemade (not by me, sadly) blueberry jam that is delicious on wheat toast.
tsp tsp 9 years
my recent breakfast of choice: 1/2 sliced banana, a handful of blueberries and 2 nice sized spoonfuls of nonfat plain yogurt topped with about 1/4 cup granola. i LOVE blueberries and bananas together! mmmmm.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 9 years
Yeah, I'm pretty darn obsessed. I eat them in a bowl with some Splenda on top if they're not that sweet. I can get pretty frustrated with them at times if they have stems and I have to pick them off, or if they're sour or go mushy quickly. But when I get lucky with a really sweet and firm container of them, I can easily eat them in one fell swoop!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
mmmm I have some right now that I am eating for lunch!!!
mwjank mwjank 9 years
Straight from the bush! I LOVE blueberries so much I planted 4 bushes in the yard. I also go for an annual picking pilgrimage every August. (I wash these first) My boys and I pick over 10 pounds of berries. They are gone by weeks end! The whole family inhales them. There are definitely worse things to gorge yourself on, right?
NLM1212 NLM1212 9 years
By the handful! :P
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