In a recent article published in Parents Magazine, wild blueberries were listed as one of four “brain foods” that parents should be adding to their child’s list of snack foods.
“In a new study, kids ages 7-10 did better on tests of memory and attention, including recalling words from a list and ignoring distractions, after drinking a beverage made with wild blueberries than they did when they had a placebo drink. Researchers say it may be because of wild blueberries’ high concentration of anthocyanins, a protective plant compound and the pigment that makes the tiny fruit so blue.” http://www.parents.com/recipes/scoop-on-food/four-brain-foods-for-kids/
According to Steven Pratt, M.D., the blueberry contains more powerful disease-fighting antioxidants that any other fruit or vegetable. With increased attention for their health benefits, the media have taken to calling blueberries “brain berries.” Just one serving of blueberries provides as many antioxidants as five servings of carrots, apples, broccoli or squash. In fact, 2/3 cup of blueberries gives you the same antioxidant protection as 1,733 IU of vitamin E and more protection that 1,200 milligrams of vitamin C. http://www.superfoodsrx.com/healthyliving/wild-blueberries-benefits/#
Smoothies are a great way to add wild blueberries to your child’s diet. Here’s a super easy recipe for this super powerful berry.
Wild Blueberry Smoothie
- 1/2 c. frozen blueberries (fresh just don’t work)
- 1/2 c. vanilla yogurt (Greek has more protein)
- 1/2 c. skim milk
- 2 Tblsp. honey, or to taste
- 2-3 ice cubes
Combine all in a blender or NutriBullet – makes one adult serving or two small servings