Blueberries are in season here in Tennessee. We bought several pounds of organically-grown blueberries from a local farmer last week at the farmer’s market. We’ve made jelly and enjoyed them in our oatmeal or raw every day. Next week, we’ll probably make muffins and oatmeal bars.
There are some big advantages to eating seasonally. First, it helps you eat healthy more economically. Fresh produce is always at its cheapest when in season. Second, eating in season allows you to eat locally-grown produce and to vary the produce in your diet from season to season as our nutrient needs change.
Fresh, in-season blueberries are a sweet way to bring a host pf micronutrients into your summer diet. Blueberries are low in calories, low in fat, and low on the glycemic index. They’re loaded with fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
I’m sure someone out there is thinking, “What about the sugar?” Eating sugar in its natural fruit form is good for you. It supplies your body with long-term energy, because the fruit contains its natural fiber, which helps the body process the sugars slowly.
Here are just a few of the things blueberries do for you body:
- Strengthen your bones
- Improve your skin health
- Lower cholesterol
- Reduce your risk of cancer
- Improve the health of your arteries
- Improve you brain function
- Soothe inflammation
Not bad for a yummy little berry, so enjoy the sweetness! 😉