Blueberries!

Canada is one of the largest producers of wild blueberries in the word, and many come from the Atlantic Provinces. To me, there aren’t many local foods that can beat the taste of freshly picked Newfoundland and Labrador blueberries, they are simply delicious. Now that they are ripe, people all over our province have been picking these delicious berries over the past week or so.

Blueberries are very nutritious and have many health benefits; they are rich in dietary antioxidants and a variety of vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibre and may contribute to heart health as they are known to reduce blood cholesterol levels. To have the availability and ability to pick this nutritious food, literally in our backyard, is nothing but awesome.

Blueberries are a food that can be used in many recipes. Blueberries are delicious added to pancakes, muffins, smoothies, cereal, sauces and many other ways. Surprisingly, they are great in other, more non-traditional dishes as well. Their fresh, natural flavour enhances the taste of meats such as pork, chicken and game, and chefs often combine them with other fruits or berries to make the finest desserts.

Below is a great smoothie recipe that you can try with the fresh blueberries you just picked!

Blue Wave Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or slightly thawed frozen blueberriesblue-wave-smoothie
  • 1 container (8 ounces) low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 can (6 ounces) unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey (optional)
  • 1-½ cups ice cubes (about 16 cubes)

Directions

  1. In the container of an electric blender, place blueberries, yogurt, milk, pineapple juice and honey
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Add ice cubes, a few at a time, whirl until finely crushed
  4. Serve immediately

Recipe retrieved from: http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/blueberry-recipe/blue-wave-smoothie/

Information retrieved from: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2011/agr/A15-11509-2011-eng.pdf

Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

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