Are Blueberries The Worlds Healthiest Food?

Are Blueberries The Worlds Healthiest Food?

Organic Shift

Blueberries, that deliciously healthy berry just got an added boost in the form of new research finding that freezing the superfood actually increases the berry’s nutritional content.

Graduate student Marin Plumb, a food science major at South Dakota State University, found that frozen blueberries are equally nutritious as fresh blueberries, even after six months of freezing.

Plumb’s experiment involved observing antioxidant levels in blueberries frozen for one, three and five months. After comparing the antioxidant content of frozen berries to fresh berries, she found no decrease in the nutritional value of the frozen berries.

In fact, Plumb noted that freezing actually increased the anthocyanin concentration.

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“The ice crystals that form during freezing disrupt the structure of the plant tissue, making the anthocyanins more available,” Plumb explained.

Anthocyanins are a group of antioxidant compounds that provide various systems in the human body with protection.

Blueberries May Be the World’s Healthiest Food

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August Vegetable, Berry And Fruit Gardens

Town & Country Gardening

August and September are pay back months. That’s when you get paid back for all the time, water and effort you have invested in your summer garden.
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other Southern Hemisphere Gardner’s will just have to bear with me on this. I do know it’s still winter in your gardens. But Spring is on it’s way.

You may find your harvest basket running over with summer squash, okra, onions, garlic, eggplant, tomato’s and cucumbers. Apples, berries, grapes, plums and early pears are waiting to be picked, for eating raw fresh off the tree and vines or processed for your freezer, canned or made into jelly and Jam.
Their is so much needing done that it’s hard to find time to just set and enjoy your garden, fruit and berry orchards.

My tiny garden was truly tiny this year. What few plants that survived our long…

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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2014

Gwirrel's Garden

After enjoying good, hot, warm weather for the past few months it’s suddenly turned really quite chilly. I don’t like this. I shouldn’t be considering turning the heating on to warm the house in August. I’m ever hopeful it’ll warm up a little again in a few days or so.

I’m not going to be around much for the next few weeks as our internet provider has decided they’re no longer going to provide for us.

Teasel and Heuchera

Some welcome colour to the borders has arrived thanks to the Rudbekias, every year they are attacked by some sort of Moth caterpillars. Most annoying as the blooms are always ragged.
Rudbekia Goldsturm

Ok, so I’ve meant to post these photos for months now, but somehow kept forgetting. I decided to try these Gazanias in pots too, alongside the Dahlias, Petunias and Pelargoniums I bought. They are incredibly bright, and perhaps…

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Healthy, Chocolate Protein Ice Cream (Dairy & Guilt Free)

Running Wild

Decided to make this healthy chocolate, protein ice cream because why not?! This combination makes for a perfect late night treat or mid-day cool-down snack.

chocolate, protein ice cream

Serving size: 4
Calories per serving: 190
Fat: 5.8 g
Carb: 24 g
Protein: 11.4 g
Fiber: 5.3 g

Ingredients:
1 cup almond milk
2 scoops chocolate shakeology (or another chocolate protein powder)
2 medium frozen bananas
2 Tbsp. peanut butter

Instructions:
Blend all ingredients and freeze for at least 4 hours. Enjoy. 

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