Tags: Blueberry, Diabetes mellitus, Fruit, Eating, Juice, Diabetes mellitus type 2, Harvard School of Public Health, BMJ
Eating Whole Fruits Linked To Lower Diabetes Risk
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found an association between eating at least two servings of fruit a week and having a 23 percent lower risk of diabetes, compared with eating less than a serving of fruit a month. Blueberries, grapes and apples seemed to be especially linked with the reduced diabetes risk.
Meanwhile, people who drank one serving or more of juice a day had up to a 21 percent higher risk of diabetes.
“Our data further endorse current recommendations on increasing whole fruits, but not fruit juice, as a measure for diabetes prevention,” study researcher Isao Muraki, a research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard, said in a statement. “And our novel findings may help refine this recommendation to facilitate diabetes prevention.”…..
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Tags: Blueberry, Events, Food, Lexington Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Ohio, Recreation, Saturday
August 15-18, 2013 Lexington Blueberry Festival – Lexington, Ohio
Centered around family-friendly events and blueberries! Every year the festival adds more activities and entertainment for festival goers to enjoy. Every night includes noteworthy bands. Each day is full of rides, contests, business vendors, locally made crafts and a grand variety of blueberry foods. Festive parade, 5K Run, Highlander games, children’s blueberry games and fireworks on Saturday.
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Healthy Berry Recipes
Enjoy these sweet and savory healthy berry recipes with blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.
Berries have health benefits for the whole body—from your brain to your bones. Blueberries’ antioxidants may help keep your memory sharp as you age; raspberries contain ellagic acid, a compound with anti-cancer properties; and strawberries are high in vitamin C, which helps to maintain firm and younger-looking skin. Berries boast a healthy dose of fiber as well and recent research suggests that the polyphenols in berries keep bones strong and help your heart by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Summer Berry Pudding
A summer pudding is a British warm-weather wonder—not steamed like a sticky pudding but an easy dish that sets up thanks to the pectin in the berries. Be sure to use firm, bakery-quality bread…..
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Tags: Bake, Baking powder, Berries, Blueberry, Cooking, Home, Kettering, SPINACH SALAD
Another very good article from our local newspaper, this time on Blueberries.
Buddy up with blueberries
They pack health benefits. Here are some ways to eat them.
Oakwood resident Polly Petricola often starts the day with blueberries. “My very favorite breakfast is coffee-flavored yogurt with a little honey, a scoop of granola and fresh blueberries,” she says.
Smart woman. Blueberries, one of the few fruits native to North America, is loaded with good-for-you nutrients.
“First, blueberries are low in calories, about 84 in a cup,” says Debbie Serenius, a registered dietician in Kettering. “They are a source of vitamins K and C. What makes blueberries even more special is that they have anti-inflammatories and antioxidants that protect us from cancer and help our cardio-vascular systems.”
In fact, blueberries are among the highest anti-oxidant value fruits. Antioxidants are thought to neutralize free radicals, which can damage cells and lead to diseases such as cancer.
The word is out.
“Blueberries are much more popular ever since people learned how good they are for you,” reports Joyce Fulton of Fulton Farms on Ohio 202 in Troy.
Having the blue wonders at breakfast is as easy as sprinkling them on cereal or grabbing a handful. Of course, there’s always breakfast at the Blueberry Café in Bellbrook or ordering blueberry pancakes at your favorite pancake place.
Blueberries are for snacking, salads, toppings, smoothies, desserts — the list is as broad as the many cookbooks that feature the little blue powerhouses. Nutrition-minded people seek out recipes that team up blueberries with other healthy ingredients. But sometimes, it’s fun to splurge on a tasty treat, and including blueberries does make you feel less guilty.
“My generation uses blueberries in crisps and pies,” Fulton says. “But young people ‘go straight’ and put them right on salads and into healthier recipes.”
When using blueberries in a recipe, wash and pat dry first. To keep them from “bleeding” into a mixture, add blueberries as the last ingredient and gently fold.
BLUEBERRY SPINACH SALAD
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 ounces fresh spinach, torn
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1 cup fresh blueberry, washed and dried
1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
In a jar, combine oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar, and salt and shake well. In a large salad bowl, toss the spinach, with half of the cheese, half of the blueberries, and half of the pecans. Add enough dressing to coat and toss gently. Garnish salad with remaining cheese, fruit, and pecans.
SOURCE: Fresh Market, West Chester
BLUEBERRY SOUR CREAM CAKE
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups fresh blueberries, washed and dried
16 ounces sour cream
2 egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch springform pan. Beat together butter and 1/3 cup sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Blend in one egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. In a seperate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and add to butter mixture, mixing until well blended. Spread onto bottom of prepared pan; cover with blueberries. Combine remaining 1/3 cup sugar, remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla, sour cream, egg yolks and cardamom; pour over blueberries.
Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until set, being careful not to overbake. Allow to cool 10 minutes before loosening rim of pan. Allow cake to cool completely before slicing and serving.
SOURCE: Fresh Market, West Chester
The soil in this area makes it difficult to grow blueberries as a crop but fresh, delicious blueberries are easy to come by all summer long at produce stands, farm stands and in the grocery.
Follow these tips when buying:
Look for blueberries that are firm, dry, plump and smooth.
Avoid containers of berries with juice stains. (Some berries are crushed, and there may be mold.)
“Color should be purple-blue to blue-black with a silver frost,” says Zack Cusick, produce manager at Fresh Market at the Voice of America Centre in West Chester.
“Blueberries should be in the cooler and then go right to your refrigerator,” Cusik says. “They stay fresh in the fridge for about five days.”
Wash blueberries just before you’re going to use them.
To freeze, most people say don’t wash first. Make sure blueberries are completely dry and store in containers or freezer bags. Wash before using.
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August 16-19, 2012 Lexington Blueberry Festival – Lexington, Ohio
The 10th annual festival will include parades, rides, pageant, arts & crafts and entertainment. Family fun for all!
Lexington Blueberry Festival
Lexington Community Park
Mansfield, OH 44904
Downtown Lexington OHIO – Lexington Community Park
August 17th-21st, 2011
The Lexington Blueberry Festival, held at Lexington Community Park, is Ohio‘s only festival of its kind! Family fun abounds with popular events such as the 5K Run/Walk, Saturday Parade, Blueberry Idol Contest, pageant, various rides and craft vendors, soccer competitions, and many bands. It’s a five day event centered around blueberry foods and games and topped off with fireworks Saturday night.
Tags: Baking powder, Blueberry, Carbohydrate, Cleveland Clinic, Dietary fiber, Food, Saturated fat, Serving size
I had been showing articles from Diabetic Living On Line on 15 Foods that were bad for Diabetes and now I’ll be showing articles on the Top 20 Power Foods for Diabetes and some healthy recipes along with it. All from: http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/
By Lori Brookhart-Schervish; Contributing writer Marsha McCulloch, RD; Reviewed by Connie Crawley, RD, LD, 2009
Including these extra-healthy power foods in your diet will help you meet your nutritional needs as well as lower your risk of diabetes complications such as heart disease. Of course, the foods on this list shouldn’t be the only foods you eat, but incorporating some or all into your diabetes meal plan will help improve your overall health.
Are These Power Foods in Your Diet?
If you already follow a healthful meal plan filled with whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and lean protein, congratulations! You’re on your way to a long, healthy life and are taking a major step in controlling your weight and blood glucose levels. Plus, you’re probably already eating a bunch of the foods on this list.
For those who are taking the baby-steps approach to eating better, this list is even more helpful. Not only are these power foods high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, they’re also familiar and easy to find. That means you don’t have to hunt down any exotic ingredients or shop at specialty grocery stores to find foods that will help you get on track with a healthful meal plan.
Enjoy the benefits of blueberries on their own or in a variety of foods, including smoothies and pancakes. Blueberries provide dietary fiber, vitamin C, and flavonoids, a type of phytonutrient that offers antioxidant protection, such as boosting your immune system and fighting inflammation. Flavonoids may also help decrease the LDL (bad cholesterol)-oxidation process that can lead to arterial plaque, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Blueberries get their dark blue color from anthocyanins, another disease-fighting antioxidant that may benefit heart health. Blueberries have also been studied for their potential to protect and improve vision.
One serving is 3/4 cup and has 15 grams of carbs. You can enjoy fresh, in-season blueberries May through October or buy the frozen varieties year-round.
Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes
Buckwheat contains a phytochemical that might have a beneficial effect on blood glucose levels.
SERVINGS: 6 (2-pancake) servings
CARB GRAMS PER SERVING: 22
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 1 egg, slightly beaten
1-1/4 cups buttermilk or sour milk
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed
1. In a medium bowl, stir together buckwheat flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.
2. In a small bowl, beat egg slightly; stir in buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Add buttermilk mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until combined but still slightly lumpy. Stir in blueberries.
3. Heat a lightly greased griddle or heavy skillet over medium heat until a few drops of water sprinkled onto griddle dance across the surface. For each pancake, pour a scant 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle. Spread the batter into a circle that’s about 4 inches in diameter.
4. Cook over medium heat until pancakes are brown, turning to cook second sides when pancake surfaces are bubbly and edges are slightly dry (1 to 2 minutes per side). Serve immediately or keep warm. Makes 6 (2-pancake) servings.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
* Servings: 6 (2-pancake) servings
* Total Fat (g)3
* Saturated Fat (g)1
* Cholesterol (mg)2
* Sodium (mg)244
* Carbohydrate (g)22
* Fiber (g)3
* Protein (g)6
* Starch (d.e.)1
* Other Carbohydrates (d.e.).5
* Fat (d.e.).5