Posted by: alisalliance | March 9, 2015

It’s National Blueberry Popover Day! Here’s 5 Reasons To Eat More Berries

shutterstock_257609458Across the country, tasty, versatile and good-for-you berries are ripe for the picking. Here are 5 good reasons to stock up

1. Fight disease
Berries are some of nature’s best sources of antioxidants, which guard against heart disease, cancer and age-related blindness. Of the berries commonly seen on produce shelves, blueberries contain the most. For even more antioxidant power, seek out elderberries, black currants and chokeberries.

2. Boost vitamins
One cup of strawberries contains an entire day’s worth of heart-healthy vitamin C. Studies also show that people who eat one serving of strawberries per day tend to have higher blood levels of the B vitamin folate, which helps keep arteries clear.

3. Reduce cancer risk
A U.S. study found that pterostilbene, abundant in blueberries, may help protect against colon cancer, the second most common cancer in women. Both blackberries and raspberries contain ellagic acid, a phytochemical that helps prevent cancer. Cooking doesn’t seem to destroy it, so even jams, pies and crisps may confer this health benefit.

4. Provide fibre
A half-cup of blueberries contains almost two grams of fibre—about the same amount as a slice of whole-wheat bread. Also high in soluble fibres that help lower cholesterol are blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.

5. Add potassium
Black, red and white currants are all excellent sources of potassium, a mineral that helps lower blood pressure. Gooseberries are also a good source. Look for new varieties that are more palatable for eating raw.

Today (10th March, 2015) is National Blueberry Popover Day!

Talk about a light and airy pastry. Popovers are hollow! These flaky rolls are typically made in muffin tins, and presumably got their name for the way they pop-over the top of each cup during baking. While they can be sweet or savory, National Blueberry Popover Day celebrates the recipe with the subtle sweet taste of delicious blueberries! Use the recipe below and enjoy the health benefits of Blueberries!

Recipe at a glance
Ready in: 30-60 minutes
Serves/makes: 6

Ingredients:
1 cup non-fat milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup sifted white flour
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups blueberries or other berries

Directions:

Mix milk, extract, butter, salt, and nutmeg plus 3 tablespoon sugar in a large bowl. Stir in flour, add eggs until just combined; let this batter stand for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl; set aside.

Heat oven to 450 degrees F and place oven rack to middle position.

Place berries in a buttered 9-inch pie pan. Pour batter over the berries; sprinkle cinnamon-sugar over the batter.

Transfer pan to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F; bake until popover is firm and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes longer. Cut popover into wedges and serve immediately or cool and store in a tightly sealed container for a couple of days.

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