Wild Woman Walks Presents
Why pick wild blueberries?
- They are safe! If picking away from the roads and those annoying neighbors that spray their lawn with every sort of chemical every created, wild blueberries are a totally SAFE, NATURALLY ORGANIC food. Conventional berries (the non-organic kind you purchase at the grocery store) are often sprayed with a variety of dangerous pesticides. For berries, this is a major concern because their soft skin absorbs the majority of these chemicals. When you eat these berries, you are also eating a cocktail of chemicals that are known hormone disruptors, carcinogens and neurotoxins. See the dangers of the chemicals used on berries here.
- They are free! I don't know about you, put paying $5 for a handful of organic blueberries hurts my soul and my wallet. I'm happy to pay the money instead of get sick from the chemicals on the conventional blueberries, but I'd rather spend an hour picking $75 worth of free blueberries. If you don't have blueberries in your backyard, find a local organic pick-your-own berry farm. It's much cheaper than buying them in the store and a great summer activity. I like this one!
- They are packed with nutrients! Fruits and vegetables absorb the nutrients provided to them from the soil. If your blueberries are coming from conventional farms with overused soils, chances are your blueberries are going to be on the lower end of the spectrum of nutrients that a plant can supply. Wild blueberries, coming from land that has been naturally fertilized and balanced, are packed with phytonutrients that act as both antioxidants (free radical fighters) and anti-inflammatory support. The nutrients in blueberries support our cognitive function by protecting nerve cells from oxygen damage. They also function in this way to protect our vision by protecting our retinas from the same oxygen damage.
Blueberry and coconut gummy treats
I love to eat my wild blueberries raw, and usually if any blueberries manage to escape my mouth from the forest to my kitchen, they will not last long. I do, however, like to freeze freshly picked blueberries from my local organic blueberry growers and tend to make this gummy recipe throughout the year as a delicious treat for myself. My two-year-old niece also eats this right up. Enjoy!
Added bonus: Gelatin is super great for your healing joints and gut lining. Eat up.
- 1 cup water
- 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
- 5 tablespoons of grass-fed gelatin (I use this one)
- 1 cup organic or wild blueberries
- Spices of choice- sometimes I put a dash of ginger, cinnamon or vanilla depending on my mood!
- A tiny bit of maple syrup, honey or stevia (I always leave the sweetener out and have found that I still love the taste without the added sugar, but feel free to add a little in if you do not have any blood sugar handling problems).
- In a saucepan, heat the water on the stove until hot. Add the gelatin to the saucepan and stir until dissolved.
- Add coconut milk, blueberries, spices and sweetener to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add coconut blueberry mix to the saucepan, stirring for a minute.
- Add mixture to silicone molds, or, if you are lazy like me, just put in a glass pan or baking sheet.
- Refrigerate for a few hours or until it has set (I am also super impatient and tend to put it in the freezer...)