Photo credit: BC Blueberry Council/Tracey Kusiewicz

Go ahead, get the blues with these three recipes.

Blueberries, considered by health experts as a super food, have more to offer than just good looks and taste. And, the lovely little fruit is in season, right now. But you can eat them year round, as frozen blueberries are put in the deep freeze directly after picking, to maintain fresh flavour and all-important vitamins and nutrients.

According to the experts at the B.C. Blueberry Council, "Blueberries have been considered one of the leading "superfruits" by researchers in Canada and U.S. who keep finding more and more health benefits from this tasty little berry. A 125ml (1/2 cup) serving of blueberries is all it takes to make up one of the 7-10 daily servings of fruits and vegetables recommended by the Canadian Food Guide.

With the picking season in high gear in B.C., New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and wild blueberry festivals in urban centres such as Toronto's Evergreen Brickworks on Sunday, August 21, it's cool to be blue. You may even get to try some blueberry beer. www.evergreen.ca

Blueberries rank among the highest for antioxidant activity in testings of over 100 different foods, says the B.C. Blueberry Council. "Being one of the best sources of antioxidants, blueberries can help slow the aging process and reduce cell damage that can lead to cancer, cardiovascular disease and loss of brain function. Blueberries also contain condensed tannins that help prevent urinary tract infections, and anthyocyanin -- a natural compound linked to reducing eyestrain.

BLUEBERRIES ARE:

  • a good source of Vitamin C - a ½ cup serving contains 10% of the Recommended Daily Allowance
  • naturally sweet but low in calories - a ½ cup serving has just 44 calories with virtually no fat
  • high in dietary fibre, with 2 g per ½ cup serving
  • an excellent source of antioxidants and flavonoids
  • virtually sodium free.

Only 80 calories per cup, blueberries are virtually fat-free and a good source of fibre and vitamin C. In addition, studies continue to provide us with promising clues to the many different ways blueberries may help keep us healthy.

Blueberries are also superfoods for the following reasons:

  1. Heart Health Blueberries have been linked to lowering blood pressure, as well as protecting the cardiac muscle during a heart attack and repairing damaged heart muscle.
  1. Improved Insulin Response Research has shown that blueberries can improve insulin response, resulting in lower blood glucose levels and reduced abdominal fat.
  1. Brain Health A recent study indicates some types of age-related memory loss might not just be prevented but actually reversed by consuming blueberries. Blueberries have also been linked to possibly treating Parkinson's disease.

Click through for 3 recipes to try now. Go ahead, get the blues.

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