blueberries

  • In Season: Blueberries

    July is National Blueberry Month, so what better time to focus on a berry with one of the highest antioxidant capacities—if not the highest—among all fruit? Native to North America, the blueberry’s antioxidant properties support whole body functions like regulating blood sugar, eye health, cardiovascular health, and cognitive function.

  • Health Tips: Pterostilbene Reduces Blood Pressure in Adults

    A form of pterostilbene, a compound found naturally in blueberries, reduces blood pressure in adults according to results of a clinical trial presented at the American Heart Association’s 2012 Scientific Sessions on High Blood Pressure Research.

  • Health News: Study Unlocks Cholesterol-Lowering Activity of the Blueberry

    The potential cardiovascular benefits of the blueberry may be related to berries’ anthocyanins interacting with bile acids to promote cholesterol reduction, suggests data from a study with hamsters.

  • Become Blue

    As a child, were you fearful of the scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where Violet Beauregarde blows up into a gigantic blueberry after chewing blueberry pie-flavored gum? Or were you scared of the fact that she had to be rolled out and “squeezed” before she exploded? Lucky for us, blueberries have quite a different reaction in our bodies.

    Why you can't live life without blueberries.
    By Amy Vergin
  • Quinoa Porridge

    1 cup uncooked quinoa
    2 cups water
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or allspice
    1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    1 cup unsweetened hemp or rice milk
    1 apple, diced
    1 cup blueberries or other berries
    1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
    Agave syrup (optional)

     

    1. Add quinoa, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to a small pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until most of the water has been absorbed.

    2. Add milk, and simmer uncovered for an additional 10 minutes. Stir in apple, berries, and nuts. Remove from heat.

    3. Let sit covered for 10 minutes while the porridge thickens. Drizzle with agave before serving if desired.

    nutrition info per serving: 307 calories; 14 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 8 g protein; 40 g carbohydrate; 6 g fiber; 159 mg sodium