Ahhh, summer. There are many reasons why it's my favourite season of the year. Hot days, warm nights, and life just seems to go at a slower pace leaving me with a feeling of having more ease in my life. But do you want to know what my secret favourite thing about summer is? Blueberries baby! Here in Ontario, July and August is wild blueberry season which means on any given day of the week you'll find me with a little purple mustache, purple teeth, purple fingernails and, most certainly purple stains on my light coloured clothing. But who cares? The season is short so my daily goal is to go big or go home. Get 'em while the gettin's good, am I right?
Blueberries taste amazing and that is a super important reason to eat them. Food should be delicious and bring us joy! But with that gorgeous taste explosion comes some pretty amazing health benefits that make including blueberries in the diet a powerful boost to our health and well-being.
Rich in plant flavonoids called "anthocyanidins" which are responsible for the deep blue, purple and red pigments, blueberries provide a great deal of antioxidant protection for just about every system of the body. In fact, a Tufts University study which looked at over 60 different fruits and vegetables concluded that blueberries offered the highest amount of antioxidant protection. This antioxidant activity has been shown to:
Blueberries are also high in vitamin C to help boost the immune system and provide antioxidant support to the cardiovascular system and boost collagen production. They are also an excellent source of soluble fiber, insoluble fiber, manganese, vitamin E and riboflavin.
Looking for new ways to include these magical little berries into your life? Check out these three quick and simple recipes:
Vegan Wild Blueberry French Toast
Kale Blueberry Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing
Blueberry Ginger Lime Sparkling Water
I hope you enjoy these blissful blueberry recipes as much as I do.
Now...is anyone else starting to get excited for peach season? (wink, wink)
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Jill Taylor is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of two pretty awesome teenagers, s very dramatic dog, a hedgehog and a snake (yikes!). Jill assists her clients in achieving true wellness through thoughtful and compassionate dietary and lifestyle coaching. Feel free to visit the "Contact" page to get in touch. Jill would love to hear from you!