Superfoods: blueberries

Superfoods don’t have super powers, but they soar above the rest when it comes to the amount of very-good-for-you nutrients they contain. According to John Berry, co-founder of Kauai, “superfoods generally contain very high concentrations of nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants.” A web search for superfoods will deliver lists upon lists of them, from goji berries all the way to our local Rooibos tea. One easily available superfood is the blueberry, which adds a great health and taste boost to meals. Native to America, it eventually crossed the globe.

Blueberries have been, and still are, considered to be jam-packed with goodness. They used to be used in teas, to add flavour to preserved meats and to treat a variety of ailments affecting the lungs and the digestive system. Today they are reported to have one of the highest levels of antioxidants among fruits, and are also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.

Besides grabbing a quick blueberry power smoothie, you can also buy them fresh (or frozen) and use them in your own meal preparations. Glam up French toast by adding blueberries, or add a handful to salads or cheese platters. Add a quarter cup to your cereal or oats in the mornings, or blend a cupful and add the puree to plain low fat yoghurt. Simmer blueberries in a little water to make a sauce for roast pork or chicken, or use it as a healthier topping on desserts.

Adding superfoods to your diet doesn’t have to be at the expense of other foods. It all comes down to moderation and making small changes that still suit your tastes and preferences.


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