As we approach the holiday season, stress levels can spike. Tempting as it is to resort to alcohol, Christmas treats and other ‘quick fix’ remedies, the natural goodness of blueberries is a far healthier option.
Blueberries are high in antioxidants, which help reduce levels of stress of anxiety. They are also packed with vitamin C, which fights cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’.
Take some time out in the kitchen and treat yourself to this delicious recipe for coconut blueberry bliss balls. It gets the thumbs us from us!
Five things you didn’t know about blueberries
Everyone knows blueberries are nutritious and delicious, but here are some things you might not have known about the mini superfood.
1) Blueberries protect against memory loss
A 2012 study found that eating just one serving of blueberries a week helped slow cognitive decline by several years.
2) They protect from cancer, heart disease and ageing
We can thank blueberries’ high levels of antioxidants for this!
3) They can be used as a natural food dye
Say goodbye to artificial colourants and say hello to natural colouring! Blueberries are a great safe alternative to nasty chemical dyes for both food and textiles.
4) The perfect blueberry should be ‘dusty’ in color
The ‘dustiness’ is what know as the bloom and is a natural protective wax coating. Glossy blueberries may indicate they have been rinsed, which will soften the blueberries and may quicken spoiling. We recommend only washing boff the ‘dust’ just prior to digging in.
5) Blueberries must be ripened on the bush
Unlike other fruits, blueberries don’t ripen after they have been picked. Don’t worry, blueberries store well in a freezer, so they can be enjoyed yearround!
Supplied by Blueberries New Zealand
Coconut Blueberry Bliss Balls
These raw, vegan, gluten-free and
paleo coconut blueberry bliss balls are
naturally sweetened with tasty NZ
blueberries and packed with a coconut
punch. Taking only 20 minutes to prepare, they
are the perfect no-fuss, bikini-ready
summer sweet treat!
Makes 8-10 balls
¾ cup NZ blueberries, fresh or frozen
10 Medijool dates, seeds removed
1 ½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
Zest of one lemon
½ cup coconut butter
1/3 cup agave syrup or coconut syrup
½ cup seeds of your choice you can use chia, flax, hemp, sesame, sunflower or pumpkin (ground)
Extra coconut for rolling
Blend all ingredients at high speed in your food processor. Scoop out enough mixture to roll into small balls. Coat in coconut and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 30 mins and enjoy! Note: These treats keep frozen or refrigerated for at least two weeks.