Hi Everyone, welcome to my very first blog post! I’m so excited that blueberry season is finally here. Blueberries are such an amazing superfood, they have so many health benefits that you really have to get a punnet today. Local blueberries are by far the best, so if you can source them in your area that’s great. I visited my local blueberry farm last week, Kildare Blueberries (www.ballyteagueblueberries.net) Eileen and Mark have an amazing blueberry farm that supplies local shops as well as larger supermarket chains. If you call down to their farm in Ballyteague you can get the freshest blueberries, picked that very day. Seasonal blueberries have a far superior flavour.
Blueberries are one of the original superfoods, packed full of cancer fighting antioxidants. They are also great for heart health and regulating blood sugar levels.
I eat blueberries every morning in my breakfast smoothie, as you may now know from my facebook page my favourite toy is my Nutri Bullet blender. I keep my berries in the freezer, this means you always have fresh berries and also a cold smoothie!
My usual smoothie is:
- half an avocado
- 10 almonds
- 1 dessert spoon linseeds
- 1 dessert spoon pumpkin seeds
- 1 handful blueberries
- 1 handful raspberries
- 1 handful melon
- 1 handful spinach
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1 tsp camu
I mix up the fruit on a daily basis with whatever I have in my fridge and freezer.
Another not so healthy blueberry recipe is my yummy white chocolate and berry cheesecake, this is so quick and easy, and an added bonus is there is no gelatine in it and you don’t have to cook it.
White Chocolate and Blueberry Cheesecake
- 7 digestive biscuits
- 7 oatmeal biscuits
- 150g, toasted hazelnuts
- 90g (3oz) melted butter
- 210g (7oz) white chocolate
- 250mls cream
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- 240g (8oz) cream cheese
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 120g (4oz) blueberries
- 120g (4oz) raspberries
- 200g berries – for decoration
- Whiz the biscuits in a food processor until it looks like a coarse crumb, add the butter and the hazelnuts and whiz briefly.
- Place a 9 inch ring directly on a plate, then put the crumb in the ring and flatten and press well, try have the edges smooth as this in the bit you will see when the ring is removed!
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water, allow to cool a bit.
- Whisk the cream and icing sugar until it reaches very soft peaks.
- Add the vanilla and cream cheese and whisk again, then stir in the white chocolate.
- Fold in the fruit and pour over the prepared base, chill until set.
- When set, use a knife to loosen from the ring and lift off the ring.
- Arrange more berries on top and serve with strawberry coulis.
So pop down to your local blueberry farm today