The NAKED Truth About Blueberries

The NAKED Truth About Blueberries

Blueberries may be small but they pack a powerful punch.  They are becoming more and more popular each day as new research uncovers the health and nutrient benefits.

Some of the beautiful blueberries that were waiting to be picked.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, there is less than 1 calorie in a blueberry, yet this miniature fruit has the highest antioxidant level of any fruit.  With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries provide many nutritional benefits such as 25% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, manganese  which plays an important role in bone development and in converting the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food into to energy, antioxidants that work to neutralize free radicals — unstable molecules linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s and fiber which helps keep you regular, your heart healthy and your cholesterol in check according to the US Highbush Blueberry Council.

Memorial Day weekend provided a time when all of my family was together and 3 generations visited a local farm that grows blueberries.  They returned with 3 gallons of blueberries and a 17 month old who discovered the best part of picking blueberries is to sit down and eat them out of the bucket.  Next installment of this blog will feature some great blueberry recipes.  But if you want a head start, mix up some pancake mix and throw in a handful of blueberries.  So easy, but adds a nice kick to your pancakes.

Memorial Day weekend provided a great time for three generations of our family to visit the farm of Bob Burns, in the Coldwater community of Neshoba County, to pick some of these powerful fruits.

Bryant teaches Emerson a little bit about agriculture.

Emerson discovers the best part of berry picking-sitting down and eating straight from the bucket.

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About ForeverBeginsNow
I am a wife, mother and grandmother who lives in Mississippi. I am currently working a couple of days a week for my father-in-law at his storage facility. I spent most of my working time teaching in an elementary school. As the years have started to pass by I have realized that I need to be more dedicated to taking care of this body the good Lord gave me. I have come to love the word wellness and am striving to make it a meaningful part of my life. I hope you will join me on this journey as I try to improve my health and share some hints, suggestions and words of wisdom along the way.

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