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Are you a blueberry muffin addict?

Do you remember when midsummer meant that every available surface in the kitchen was given over to fresh blueberries in cartons, ready to be put into pies, and muffins, and pancakes, and casseroles, or waiting to be frozen, canned, or turned into jam?

Blueberries and cinnamon and nutmeg, in a buttery, flaky pie-crust; blue-violet blueberries stuffing baked yellow-orange acorn squash; home-made vanilla ice cream with fresh warm blueberry topping; blueberry custard with honey and fresh spearmint from the herb garden. And, of course, blueberry muffins Was there ever another fruit as adaptable as the humble blueberry?

Have you carried the memory of those home-baked blueberry muffins of your youth through the years, searching for their equal like a swallow searches for the shores of Capistrano?

Have you sampled “fresh” blueberry muffins from bakeries and restaurants wherever you were? Have you, in desperation, eaten blueberry muffins out of packages and even something called “Blueberry Bites”, with the color, taste and texture of sawdust?

And, in recent months, having been enlightened as to the amazingly powerful nutritional punch of the same little blue fruits which gathered in the kitchen of your youthful summers, have you begun to making blueberry muffins of your own? Are you reaching the age where you need all the nutritional help you can get, or are you looking at your kids reaching for junk food, and feeling desperate to provide them with them a nutritious, mouth-watering alternative?

How about a healthy home-baked blueberry muffin, made from the Ultimate Healthy Blueberry Muffin recipe, which will still your cravings for those warm, golden, fragrant, blueberry muffins from long ago?

Cooks.com offers a healthy blueberry muffin recipe which doesn’t require you to buy exotic ingredients like artificial sweeteners, but allows you to vary its taste to you liking.

Try it with canola oil, or applesauce–for those who want to cut their fat content to the minimum. A one-half whole-wheat flour/one-half pastry flour blend works well for those who are not completely disciplined. Substituting vanilla-flavored soymilk for dairy milk really does increase the muffins’ moistness. If you use frozen blueberries, place them between paper towels to absorb excessive moisture as they thaw.

SCRUMPTIOUS AND HEALTHY BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. honey
1/4 c. oil
1/3 c. milk
1 lg. egg or egg substitute
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 c. frozen blueberries
(Pastry flour adds a lighter texture).
(Soy milk can be substituted and vanilla. Soy milk adds a very delicate flavor and moist texture.

1. Sift together the (4) dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center.
2. Beat together the remaining ingredients (except the berries). Pour this into the well, and stir gently until just blended, gradually adding the berries.
3. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
4. Bake 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees.
5. Cool in pans 5-10 minutes before removing.


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Sam Serio is a true blue devotee of the blueberry and a life long student of health and nutrition. Sam Serio is also the producer of the Annual Chincoteague Blueberry Festival which is held the third weekend of July on the beautiful island of Chincoteague in Virginia. This midsummer celebration of nature’s tastiest and most healthy gift – the Blueberry is combined with a “Christmas in July” Craft Shopping Extravaganza the premier Fine Art and Craft event on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival.com and pick up your free e-book entitled “A Healthy Taste for Blueberries”. This free special report reveals everything you ever wanted to know about blueberries, but were afraid to ask. Also includes recipes, beauty secrets, health benefits and much more. Get yours now at http://www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival.com.

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One of nature’s biggest mysteries is how the same oxygen on which we depend to keep us alive can also be one of the major contributors to our eventual aging and decline. Why?

Our bodies perform like furnaces. Their fuel is the food we eat, and the “heat” they produce is the energy that powers everything we do–even those cellular functions of which we are totally unaware. They use oxygen when converting food into energy, and in the process, some of the oxygen atoms lose an electron, becoming “free radicals”. Atoms with missing electrons are unhappy atoms.

Mother Nature, all the way down to the atomic level, loves a balance, so the first thing a free radical oxygen atom does is look around for its missing electron. If it can’t find the one it lost, it will look next door, at the molecules in the nearest cell. Then it may steal an electron from one of those molecules, fixing itself, but making a free radical of the robbed molecule. And a chain reaction can begin.

Or the free radical may simply “bond” with the neighboring molecule, and share an electron. In doing so, however, it may render the molecule useless for the proper functioning of the cell. If it enough free radicals bond with enough of its molecules, the cell can even die. And if enough cells die, our bodies will start failing. Disease and aging will move in.

Free radicals, in other words, are serious troublemakers.

But our bodies have defenses against free radicals, called anti-oxidants. We produce these anti-oxidants naturally, and while we are young, we produce them in abundance. As time passes, however, the balance in the battle begins to tip in favor of the accumulated free radicals, and may show up as sun-damaged skin, lowered resistance to infection, or even cancer and heart problems.

The answer? Call in the reinforcements by loading your diet with anti-oxidant rich foods. Vitamins A, C, E, and the Vitamin A precursor beta-carotene are the nemeses of free radicals. Where can you find them?

If you want to get the most antioxidant bang for your food bucks, load up on blueberries. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University found that blueberries, of the forty fruits and vegetables they tested for anti-oxidants, “blue” away the competition.

Even the mighty nutritional powerhouses broccoli and spinach looked greener than usual, probably with envy, because the Tufts study showed that one would have to eat two to three servings of either of them to get the antioxidant benefits of a single serving of blueberries.

And blueberries have shown themselves to be equal-opportunity free radical destroyers. Blueberries’ nutrients penetrate the blood/brain barrier, and may both prevent and reverse age-related brain damage.

The compounds which give blueberries their color contain hundreds of nutrients not found elsewhere. The magic is in the blue. And blueberries, low in fat and great cholesterol fighters, are one food you can eat until you’re “blue in the face”!


You are hereby granted permission to use these articles in your newsletters or website as long as the resource information below is included in it’s entirety with the article.

Sam Serio is a true blue devotee of the blueberry and a life long student of health and nutrition. Sam Serio is also the producer of the Annual Chincoteague Blueberry Festival which is held the third weekend of July on the beautiful island of Chincoteague in Virginia. This midsummer celebration of nature’s tastiest and most healthy gift – the Blueberry is combined with a “Christmas in July” Craft Shopping Extravaganza the premier Fine Art and Craft event on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival.com and pick up your free e-book entitled “A Healthy Taste for Blueberries”. This free special report reveals everything you ever wanted to know about blueberries, but were afraid to ask. Also includes recipes, beauty secrets, health benefits and much more. Get yours now at http://www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival.com.

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It is universally acknowledged fact that blueberries can improve an individual’s health if consumed on a regular basis over a period of time. It is one of the very few foods that have excellent properties that everyone can take advantage of without having major drawbacks. Eating blueberries can improve your health for a number of reasons and can thus help you to develop a variety of inner and outer bodily functions and elements. For example, simply enjoying the delights of the blueberry can enhance your immune system, memory and tissue regeneration functionality. That is by no means an exhaustive list. If achieving optimal health is a major goal for you, then read on for information on what the fruit can actually do for you!

Antioxidants in the blueberry are the main sources of all of its major health benefits. They can transcend the blood/brain barrier to stimulate cell regeneration and thus improve memory. They can also encourage the regeneration of other tissue as well as actively erecting a barrier to help prevent future cell damage in the first place. These antioxidants serve to strengthen the circulatory system, which in turn will boost everything else in the body. However, antioxidants are not the only substances within the blueberry that can improve your health.

Many people in society make a good workout a part of their daily routine and that happens to be another area that blueberries can help to ensure optimal health. The natural sugars contained in blueberries provide the body with a steady supply of carbohydrates in order to give an individual more energy whilst working out. The natural sugars account for most of the 81 calories in a 140g portion of blueberries but, when combined with a good workout, those calories are just enough to give you a boost without creating an unnatural high.

Despite the fact that a blueberry’s natural sugars account for most of the calorie content, it is one of the perfect foods for diabetics. Blueberries have an extremely low glycemic load and thus will not aggravate existing problems. If you couple this information with the fact that the blueberry is loaded with vitamins C, E and K as well as various antioxidants then it offers diabetics a viable solution to any enduring problems that diabetes may cause them. It actively boosts the immune system, meaning that it offers protection against cataracts, pressure sores and other complications that may occur as a result of an inability or impeded ability for the body’s tissue to regenerate.

Of course, too much of anything can have a negative effect and in the case of the blueberry it is the high fibre content that may cause some discomfort. Eating too many blueberries can result in constipation. Blueberries also contain oxalates, the substance that is largely found in gallstones and so anyone that has kidney or gallbladder problems should only indulge in the lure of the blueberry once a week or so. However, as long as you consume blueberries in moderation, there will never be any problems or side effects.

Blueberries definitely belong to the elite list of foods that combine healthy goodness with taste. Blueberries are absolutely delicious and so their healthy qualities simply provide a welcome extra something for the people that consume them. The message therefore is simple – eat blueberries for optimal health!


You are hereby granted permission to use these articles in your newsletters or website as long as the resource information below is included in it’s entirety with the article.

Sam Serio is a true blue devotee of the blueberry and a life long student of health and nutrition. Sam Serio is also the producer of the Annual Chincoteague Blueberry Festival which is held the third weekend of July on the beautiful island of Chincoteague in Virginia. This midsummer celebration of nature’s tastiest and most healthy gift – the Blueberry is combined with a “Christmas in July” Craft Shopping Extravaganza the premier Fine Art and Craft event on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival.com and pick up your free e-book entitled “A Healthy Taste for Blueberries”. This free special report reveals everything you ever wanted to know about blueberries, but were afraid to ask. Also includes recipes, beauty secrets, health benefits and much more. Get yours now at http://www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival.com.

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November 6 & 7, 2010
Holiday Craft Shopping Extravaganza

e-mail: Center@ChincoteagueCenter.com
www.ChincoteagueCenter.com
Call 757-336-0614 for vendor info.

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April 9 & 10, 2011
Chincoteague Daffodil Festival

Our Annual Flower, Home & Garden Show…plus our Spring Craft Show
Sat. 9-4 pm, Sun. 10-3 pm
www.ChincoteagueDaffodilFestival.com
e-mail: SamSerio@esva.net
Or call 757-894-2334 for vendor info.

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Chincoteague Center,
6155 Community Dr,
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

 
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