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Blueberries are so much more than dessert. Take advantage of seasonal berry bliss, says Justine Drake. photography russel wasserfall

02 Feb 2007

“Berry” yourself in all things good for you with a handful (or three) of the season’s true blueberries.

Berry good

Blueberries contain one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of all fruits, offering protection against degenerative diseases like immune dysfunction, cataracts, cancer, cognitive impairment and macular degeneration, as well as urinary tract infection.
Research suggests that blueberries may help improve vision, clear arteries and strengthen blood vessels, and assist with memory enhancement.
Blueberries contain health-promoting phytochemicals: plant antioxidants that guard against ageing.
Choose berries that are plump, deep purple to blue-black with a silvery sheen called a “bloom”.
Berries are best stored in the fridge.

Short order
Stir a handful of blueberries into a tub of plain, fat-free yoghurt for a quick and healthy treat.
Add a handful to your breakfast cereal or fruit salad.
Buy a tub of fat-free frozen yoghurt, allow to soften slightly and stir in a couple of handfuls of berries and something suitably alcoholic. Refreeze and serve as a “dotty” dessert.
Toss berries and ice cubes into a blender with fat-free milk, frozen yoghurt or fruit juice. Blitz and drink as a great health-promoting smoothie.

Whip up a batch of Blue Pine Smoothies

250 ml fresh or frozen blue-berries (or mix with strawberries)
250 ml fat-free, plain yoghurt
250 ml pineapple juice.

Blend until smooth. Serves 4.




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