Saturday, July 30, 2011

Family Brunch with Blueberries


We are enjoying a lazy Saturday morning since Sunday is going to be busy, busy!

We started off our morning with a family brunch at about 9:30. Brunch was blueberry pancakes with 100% maple syrup (1 tsp per pancake), scrambled organic eggs with omega-3, and uncured Canadian bacon from Sprouts. I had tea of course, but my girls had organic 365 orange juice, and my husband can't stay away from the soda, so he had Pepsi Max.

I am not a fan of soda (even diet). Your body can't tell the difference and the sugars are processed the same by your body...actually artificial sweeteners are worse for your body than real sugar. You can read this article by Dr. Pick on diet sodas http://www.womentowomen.com/healthyweight/dietsoda.aspx But that is a full topic for another day. Back to blueberries!

According to http://www.blueberrycoucil.org/, blueberries have the following health benefits:
  • Blueberries are packed with vitamin C.
  • Blueberries are dynamos of dietary fiber.
  • Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese.
  • Blueberries are leaders in antioxidant activity. Blueberries are near the top when it comes to antioxidant activity per serving. Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals — unstable molecules linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Substances in blueberries called polyphenols, specifically the anthocyanins that give the fruit its blue hue, are the major contributors to antioxidant antioxidant activity.
**IMPORTANT** One of my girls has texture issues when it comes to food. She can not eat fresh blueberries because of the "squishy" feel in her mouth. As an alternative, what I do is wash all of them from the container and blot to dry. I put them in a plastic container without a lid and stick it in the freezer. It is like "candy" to them...crunchy sweetness. Try it...your kids will love them. Don't buy the frozen ones in a bag...continue to buy the fresh ones, wash and freeze yourself.

I used the frozen ones in the pancakes today and they warmed up nicely while cooking. I served the frozen ones on the side. They thaw out very quickly if you want them as a snack or add them to a shake straight from the freezer! Perfect!!!

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