Ode to Blueberries

One of my favorite summer rituals is picking blueberries at a family friend’s home in Maine. It is always one of our first stops once August rolls around and the berries are ripe for picking. My brother, sister and I grab the berries by the handful; plucking handfuls of the bluest ones and popping them in our mouths like candy.  We eat them until we are stuffed and pocket the rest for later (never a good idea). Our friends are so gracious allowing us to go ham with their blueberries, but I suspect because there are hundreds of blueberry bushes they count on us to ensure they never go to waste.

On some level I vaguely understood blueberries amount to superfood powerhouses because they are PACKED with vitamins and minerals. But I did a little homework to learn more details: They actually contribute to better cardiovascular, metabolic and brain health. I also discovered blueberries are crazy good for you because they are loaded with antioxidants.  In fact,  they have the highest antioxidant concentration of all fruits and veggies (which is crazy considering their puny size). What’s more, research has shown blueberries can play a role in improving memory.  Without getting into the (scientific) weeds– that’s due to a type of nutrient (it’s called a phytonutrient) which protects the brain against damage from certain environmental toxins and decreases.

Bottomline? Indulge in this guilty pleasure this month and every month.  But now you know, there’s no reason to feel guilty because they’re so amazingly good for you.