Antioxidant Rich Blueberries for Comfort

Antioxidant Rich Blueberries for Comfort

Blueberries for Breakfast

Blueberries for Breakfast
Start the Day with Fresh Blueberries

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Blueberry Nutrition

Blueberries are perennial flowering plants and have excellent nutritional value to begin the day with. One cup of blueberries has 85 calories, 0.5 g fat, 1 mg sodium, 114 mg potassium, 21 g carbohydrates, 3.6 g fiber, 15 g sugar, and 1.1 g protein.

You can eat a light breakfast of blueberries and yogurt with a hot cup of tea, or enjoy hot pancakes filled with blueberries.

Blueberry Pancakes
Griddle Blueberry Pancakes

Add an egg or two for extra protein, and you won’t think of food for a few hours.

Blueberries for Breakfast
Blueberry Pancakes & Eggs

Blueberry pancakes have made it on my comfort food list and no wonder. They contain antioxidants and are stress releasers. Blueberries come in second for popularity in berry consumption in the U.S. (strawberries rank first), and they improve memory.

Spring Planting

A relative of cranberries, rhododendrons, and azaleas, blueberry bushes produce white or pink flowers in the spring, blueberries in the summer, and gorgeous red foliage in the fall. Azaleas can grow well about anywhere in the U.S., but rhododendrons do not. Learn about growing berries in your backyard, and consider growing rhododendrons or azaleas to add beauty to your garden.

If you’re serious about planting blueberry bushes, an excellent website to reference is Blueberry Hills Farms. According to their “Who We Are” page, their blueberries are firm. The worst kind of blueberry is the mushy kind you can sometimes find in some supermarkets.

Planning a trip to the state of Washington? Include a trip to Blueberry Hills Farms where you can pick your own blueberries, eat at the family farmhouse restaurant, and visit the gift shop.

Companion Garden Planting for Blueberries

Perennials, annuals, shrubs, vegetables, and herbs that need acid soil should grow well near blueberry bushes. The following list will give you an idea of what can be planted with blueberries:

  • primrose
  • begonia
  • gladiolus
  • daffodil
  • tulip
  • raspberries
  • cranberries
  • rhubarb
  • potatoes
  • peppers
  • radishes
  • parsley
  • azaleas
  • rhododendrons
  • camellias
  • heather

Blueberry pancakes and other comfort foods are a necessity on certain memorable dates. For me, some of those dates fall between March 5 and March 11. My mother, the inspiration for my Kitchen Hospitality blog, passed away on March 5, 2008. During the following days after she passed, my brothers and dad and I were making plans for the funeral. At first, the plan was to have it on March 11. I didn’t think that sounded like a good idea because Daddy’s birthday is March 11. We agreed to change the funeral to March 10.

On November 7, 2015, my dad died at 90 years old. This coming Friday will be his birthday. So, blueberry

blueberries as a stress relief
Comfort Food Blueberries

pancakes for breakfast last Saturday with my hubby introduced the beginning of comfort foods (including an appetizing soup and salsa to put on chips, burritos, and more) for making it through these days.

What kind of success have you had growing blueberries? I’d love to hear about your blueberry gardening stories.

 

8 Comments

  1. I love blueberry pancakes, but I don’t have good luck with trying to grow blueberries where I live. My soil is too alkaline. I can grow other berries, though. My blackberry vines grow very well.

    1. Author

      Have you tried growing the blueberries in pots? I’ve been researching, and that seems to work well.

      1. In my experience, berries don’t do as well in pots in the high desert especially during the heat of summer when the pots dry out. The blackberries I planted in the ground are thriving. The ones in pots shriveled. Maybe in a different climate it would work better.

        1. Author

          That’s interesting. Have you also grown blueberries in the ground in the high desert?

    1. Author

      Thank you, Summer Daisy! Blueberries are really good. Sometimes I get in a rut and eat a couple of fruits all the time, so I’m trying to include a variety of them. Blueberries are one of my favorites.

    1. Author

      Thank you, Culinary Flavors! Hopefully, the prices will begin to lower on the blueberries.

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