Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Berry delicious....

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. Guess how I spent mine? Sick and in bed in Savannah. Yup. I got the flu...ON VACATION. Fortunately, I was able to rally long enough to enjoy some of the sights of the beautiful city, but it certainly wasn't the best trip I've ever taken. At least I got to enjoy an absolutely delicious brunch in the historic district before we left Sunday - it was all about the blueberry pancakes! And isn't it awesome that July just happens to be Blueberry Month?
For any of you who might not yet be sold on the fruit, here are a few more good reasons to bust out the bowl of blueberries. For starters, they are literally bursting with nutrients and flavor, yet are very low in calories. When researchers at Tufts University analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability, blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals. Blueberries also have cardioprotective powers and can inhibit colon cancer cell proliferation and reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. Finally, they are a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin E, manganese, and both soluble and insoluble fiber like pectin.
So what's not to like about these tasty berries?
Anyway, in honor of Blueberry Month, here are a few sucralose-sweetened, low-calorie recipes. Go blue!

Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Blueberry Sage Granita

Blueberry Almond Coffeecake

Triple Berry Jam

And finally, here is an awesome clip from one of the best movies ever. Enjoy.

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