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Now, I was not lucky enough to have a carton full of fresh berries today as they are just a little to pricey for me at the store right now, however I did get to have two blueberry items this morning for breakfast! 

Introducing blueberry coffee from 7-Eleven.  It tasted just like a “blueberry muffin”…….=) 

Coffee

So you can only guess what I had for breakfast this morning right??? 

Breakfast

If you guessed a Blueberry Muffin you were CORRECT!  =)  I also had a banana to go along with it. 

Do you like Blueberries?  If so how do you eat them? 

I of course like blueberry coffee and muffins as you can see, but my favorite way to eat them is in “oatmeal”!  I buy Quaker Oats Instant Blueberry Oatmeal and then mix in fresh blueberries before cooking in the microwave, then after it is done cooking I mix in a little bit of cream and I have an AMAZING warm desert like breakfast.

Check out the amazing benfits of blueberries below!

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Health Benefits of Blueberries

  • Aging: Leaving aside the genetic factor, for which there is no apparent solution, if we consider the effect of free radicals on aging, then Blue Berries bring you the brightest ray of hope, for they are laden with anti oxidants and rank number 1 in the world of anti oxidants. This is mainly due to presence of Anthocyanin, a pigment responsible for the blue color of the blue berries. The abundance of vitamin-C is also a big factor for this as well.
  • Urinary Tract Infection: The building of colonies of certain bacteria like b-coli along the lining of the inner walls of urinary tract is responsible for this infection, resulting in inflammation, burning sensation during in passage of urine and other complications. Here, Blue Berries can be surprisingly beneficial. It has a compound formed of big polymer like heavy molecules which inhibits the growth of such bacteria. It also has some anti biotic properties which adds to this effect. These heavy and big molecules almost wash-off these bacteria along the tract, thereby preventing the infection. So far, this compound is found only in Cranberries and Blue Berries.
  • Eye Care & Macular Degeneration: Blue Berry is one of the best alternatives for spectacles, contact-lenses, eye-drops, medicines and eye surgeries. They can prevent or delay all age related ocular problems like macular degeneration, cataract, myopia and hypermetropia, dryness and infections, particularly those pertaining to retina, due to their anti-oxidant properties. Macular degeneration is a serious problem where the retina of the eye degenerate gradually, ultimately leading to complete or partial blindness. No! I am certainly not telling you to put them in your eyes. Instead, you can just do well eating them. Blue Berries contain a special group of anti oxidants called Carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin etc.), Flavonoids (like rutin, resveritrol, quercetin etc.), in addition to others such as vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A, selenium, zinc and phosphorus, which are very beneficial and essential for the ocular health. 
  • Brain Function, Memory & Alzheimer’s disease: Again, the anti oxidative properties of Blue Berries. The anthocyanin, the selenium, the vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, the zinc, sodium, potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese etc., among others, can prevent and heal neurotic disorders by preventing degeneration and death of neurons, brain-cells and also by restoring health of the central nervous system. It is hard to believe that these berries can also cure serious problems like Alzheimer’s disease to a great extent. They even heal damaged brain cells and neuron tissues and keep your memory sharp for a long-long time.
  • Constipation & Digestion: While roughage (fiber) in Blue Berries keep away constipation (Of course, a single piece alone will not do. You need to eat a big handful of them), the vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose and acids improve digestion.
  • Cancer: Blue Berries can prove to be bliss for the cancer patients, for they contain certain compounds like Pterostilbene (excellent remedy for colon and liver cancer) and Ellagic Acid which, in harmony with Anthocyanin and other anti oxidants like vitamin-C and copper, can do miracles to prevent and cure cancer. 
  • Heart Disease: The high fiber content, those brilliant anti oxidants and the ability to dissolve the ‘bad cholesterol’ make the Blue Berry an ideal dietary supplement to cure many heart diseases. It also strengthens the cardiac muscles. 
  • Immunity: Blue Berries, being very rich in anti oxidants like Anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial), selenium, zinc, iron (promotes immunity by raising haemoglobin and oxygen concentration in blood) etc. boost up your immune system and prevent infections.  Once your immunity is strong, you won’t catch colds, fever, pox and all such nasty viral and bacterial communicable diseases. 
  • Other benefits & facts: They keep you fresh, active, fit, sharp, close to nature and in a good mood, as they are very good anti depressants. You also need not spend a lot on medicines, neither are there any side effects. Here, there is an interesting thing to know. The deeper the color of the Blue Berries, the more they are rich in anti oxidants and other medicinal values. 

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On to the rest of my EATS for the day! 

Lunch came just after 1pm, once I was finally done catching up on everything that is…..=) 

  • 1/2 an apple
  • humus
  • yogurt
  • peanut butter
  • whole wheat bread
  • pita chips

Are all I have left in the kitchen here at work today and none of them sounded to “appetizing” to me this afternoon, especially since I did not have any veggies to pair any of them with……..SO lunch was purchased downstairs at one of the eateries near my building! 

I must admit I felt a bit guilty getting lunch “out” yet again since I had eaten out yesterday as well, but I knew I would be eating pizza tonight for dinner and that I needed to eat a low-carb lunch if at all possible so I caved in! 

I got myself a 1/2 soup & 1/2 salad combo.  The soup was corn chili carne something and was really good, I literally drank it.  =O  And, my salad was romaine lettuce topped with shredded carrots, tomatoes, cheese and garbanzo beans with ranch on the side

Lunch

 And, I bet you could already guess what dinner was for tonight since I mentioned it early……..if you said PIZZA you were right! 

I picked up Domino’s Pizza on the way home from work and after dropping off my daughter at Girl Scouts.  We had the Works Pizza loaded with tons of veggies, meats and light on the cheese.  It was as good as it looks!  =) 

Dinner

After dinner we watched the movie 2012 per my husband’s request!  

 

I was against in the beginning as I knew the movie would be very sad and I typically do not like to watch sad movies, however I gave in and was very happy that I did as the movie was AMAZING and VERY DRAMATIC! 

If you haven’t seen it I would highly recommend renting it! 

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TIPS OF THE DAY!

50 Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day

21. Get out your knitting needles. An afternoon of knitting can burn more than 500 calories (at a rate of about 100 an hour).

 

 

 

 

22. Clean house. Tidy up for 2 1/2 hours and burn 510 calories.

*I clean for an hour+ every Sunday!

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  1. March 9, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Hi,
    AMD or age related macular degeneration is an aging diseases. Most of aging diseases are due to oxidation process of the body. Any antioxidants will prevent it and even can slow down the progression of the disease. Blueberries is a powerful antioxidants

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