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Healthy Food Friday!

on May 27, 2011

I can’t wait for the Michigan Blueberries to arrive at the Farmers Market but they probably won’t be ready until early July.  Until then, I stock up when the produce department has them at a reasonable price.  They freeze well and are much better than the blueberries in the freezer section.
In case you didn’t figure it out, the healthy food of the week is:

Blueberries!
In the same category- blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and purple grapes

Why are blueberries good for you?  They may improve memory, intelligence, and coordination.  (really?? I better eat more!)
Blueberries contain the most antioxidants of all fresh fruits and vegetables. Blueberries are the least perishable of all the blueberries, they’ll keep in the frig for about 2 weeks if kept dry.

How to  use them: The less you cook them ,the better. You can eat them raw, even in a blueberry pie-just fill a pie crust with fresh blueberries mixed with melted bluberry jam.  Pancakes, waffles, and muffins cook so quickly that the fruit is just briefly heated.  I throw a handful of blueberries on my Kashi Go  Lean Crunch or oatmeal every morning.

Here’s a great recipe for breakfast or an afternoon snack:

 
Fresh Fruit Parfait

>Sugar free light vanilla yogurt.  Blue Bunny scores a 100 on the Nu Val Nutrition scale!
>Blueberries
>Strawberries and/or raspberries
>Walnut pieces

Spoon some yogurt into a parfait  or wine glass.  Actually, any sort of container will work for this but it is impressive in glass!

Top with blueberries, then more yogurt, then raspberries, then yogurt, then blueberries.  A dollop of yogurt  on top and a sprinkle of walnuts make it look pretty! 

This is a low calorie, low fat, extremely nutritious treat- enjoy!

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