Buying Local Adds Nutrition, Saves Money
This week I visited a local farm to u-pick blueberries. I wanted to offset the rising costs of groceries and meet the people who actually grow the fruit on my table. I believe it is important to build direct relationships with our local farmers and support them with our business. In turn, we reap the rewards of produce that is rich with unprocessed nutrients straight from the field. I feel blessed that am able to buy direct from the source and help my neighbor at the same time. My knowledge is deepened and our community’s economy is strengthened.
Blueberries Provide A Nutritional Impact
Picking these blueberries myself made me think about how important it is that we educate ourselves not only about how our food is grown and delivered to us, processed or not processed, but also about the specific nutritional benefits of the foods we choose. We know which foods we prefer in terms of taste, texture, color, and versatility. It is important to learn about the specific nutritional gifts each food provides so we can maximize the nutritional impact on our health. And blueberries are packed with ton of nutritional bennies.
We all know blueberries taste good. In general, we love them in pancakes, muffins, yogurt, fruit bars, over cereal or oatmeal, in ice cream and as a quick treat. As many studies have indicated, blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. Specifically, blueberries are very rich in antioxidants such as the Vitamin B complex and Vitamins C, E and A. They also contain the micronutrients copper and manganese. Not only can we enjoy them in a variety of ways, blueberries are a good staple in any gluten-free, sugar-free, low glycemic, low fat food plan. This is very good news for those of us dealing with fibro myalgia.
More Berry-Good Food Facts
· Antioxidants fight free radicals, the agents which create disease and aging in the body, so we want them in our nutritional arsenal. Food fact: the antioxidants in blueberries are mainly due to the presence of Anthocyanin, the pigment responsible for the berries’ blue color of the blue berries. Just this one nutrient – Anthocyanin - can reduce the risk of cancer.
· One cup (5 ounces) contains only 80 calories and no fat. As a bonus, a cup provides almost 4 grams of fiber per serving or 15% of the recommended daily requirement.
· Those who need to watch their sugar intake will be happy to learn that blueberries carry a low glycemic load. A recent study has shown that blue berries improve insulin sensitivity in people with pre-diabetes.
· Animal studies indicate blue berries help reduce cholesterol levels and thereby lower the risk of heart disease.
· Last, but not least, having blueberries as a regular part of your diet is has been scientifically linked to making learning easier, especially as we grow older. And I’m always open to learning more, aren’t you?!
Freeze with Ease
An easy way to freeze blue berries for the off-season is to wash the berries in a colander, drain to remove excess water and arrange them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Stick the tray in the freezer for about 30 minutes, then collect the frozen berries into zip lock freezer bags, label them with the date and store in the freezer until you need them for a snack or an addition to a meal.
Blueberries are great right out of the freezer as a snack. You can add them to your yogurt or ice cream and they are great in smoothies. This little gem is one of my favorites. What is your favorite way to eat them?
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Here's some information about the great qualities of essential oils in case you have ever wondered.
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.
Essential oils are very clean, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin.
Try this at home: Squeeze the peel of a ripe orange. The fragrant residue on your hand is full of essential oils.
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Here’s to you health!