Years ago Fats Domino had a song titled Blueberry Hill. In the song there is a line that says, "I found my friend on Blueberry Hill". It really doesn't matter is your don't know who Fats Domino was. What does matter is that you find your friend on Blueberry Hill and that friend is the blueberry.
Blueberries are one of those unique foods because it's color is blue. Not many foods can make that claim. The color blue is refreshing, cool, and clean. Blue is associated with spirituality, serenity, truth, communication, revelation, trust, and faith. Its effect is calming and instills gentleness. Blue can be used to counteract restlessness, agitation, and insomnia. Blue foods are often rich in flavonoids. Blue is not always a good color for decorating a social area due to its quieting, cooling effect.
Blueberries are low infat. A one-cup serving contains only 80 calories and vitrually no fat. They are full of dietary fiber. A handful of blueberries helps to satisfy the recommended daily fiber intake. Fiber helps keep the body regular, the heart healthy, and the cholesterol in check. Blueberries are full of phytonutrients. Research suggests there are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properities that may help chronic conditions. They are packed with VItamin C and one serving contains about 25% of one's daily requirement of Vitamin C.
Consider adding blueberries to many of the beverage recipes or as a topping to cereal or pudding. Check out the sample recipes in Flavorful Fortified Food - Recipes to Enrich Life
Summer vegetables are abundant right now and two favorite are squashes and tomatoes. The diversity of both vegetables offers infinite opportunities for easy and exciting wholesome meals for all ages and tastes. Take advantage of the bounty of summer produce available while enjoying the warm sunny weather. Taking advantage of fresh summer vegetables is another step towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle and continuing to provide flavorful meals to your loved ones. For a side dish try the Creamed Vegetables on page 60, or the Vegetable Au Gratin on page 66. When you serve the vegetables with a thick slice of whole grain rustic bread and sweet butter, the result is a light, high energy, nutrient dense meal. Use your imagination and the fresh vegetables on-hand. If you are looking for a main dish, then the Creamy Vegetable Soufflé on page 62 with a blend of fresh summer vegetables and a touch of fresh grated cheddar cheese or your favoriate cheese, is the one for you. It even includes 10 grams of protein!
Digna and Linda have years of experience working with individuals needing assistance to eat sufficient calories and protein in multiple settings. Flavorful Fortified Food - Recipes to Enrich Life is our way to share this knowledge with clients, patients, athletes, caregivers, and professionals.