Last month Remi and I were lucky enough to catch the last weekend to pick blueberries at a local berry farm, Blue Harvest Farms, in southern Louisiana. It was our first time experiencing berry picking so we got all geared up for our adventure.🤗
Shades for Titi Sunshine: √
We had a blast! We chit chatted with other berry pickers, she entertained everyone around us with singing, and I seized some teaching moments on practicing mindfulness, which for her involved savoring one or two…
Some veteran blueberry pickers shared with us a great tips:
- Look for powder-blue berries that are firm and uniform in size.
- When you get them home spread them-out in a single layer on some paper towels. If possible, store them in a moisture-proof container for up to five days.
- Don’t wash until you’re ready to use them.
I froze half of our batch to use for smoothies or to add in to my banana protein ice-cream. Here is the link to that recipe:
The rest of the berries we shared with our family and used to make blueberry pancakes.
Now that I have little ones in my life I realize how challenging it is to get them to eat nutritious food, and this is a meal they actually request. It’s so simple and using a food processor makes it even easier!
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
- 1 tablespoon organic stevia
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cup milk with 1 tablespoon vinegar (I let it soak for awhile)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- Place flour, oats, stevia, baking powder, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, vanilla, oil and egg in a food processor and puree until smooth.
- Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
The homemade orange juice is also simple and makes breakfast even more of a delight!
1/4 cup (60 ml) water
2 medium navel oranges, peeled, quartered
3/4 cup (180 ml) ice cubes
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar or other sweetener, to taste (optional)
Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
Select Variable 1.
Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.
Here is a link to Blue Harvest Farms: http://blueharvestfarms.com
If you would like to find a berry farm close to you, this link might help: http://www.pickyourown.org/index.htm#states