April 23, 2018
Hmmm, may not be fancy smanchy but just plain ol' oven roasted asparagus with a little olive oil, salt and pepper is outstanding.
In a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes is all it takes. A little shredded parmesan on top is a nice touch too. On the grill works, stir fry works, let your imagination run wild.
February 3, 2018
It's a fact......
Whooohooo, now we have something to do in our spare time, Outback Farm has obtained a license to make wine. Stay tuned for our progress. And yes, it's going to be Blueberry Wine.
January 7, 2018
The recipes are endless, it's just a matter of you finding the ones your family enjoys. Lots of top notch recipes on line as well.
My favs are:
October 24, 2017
So what's a yumbalicious smoothie recipe? to include blueberries of course. Even a green one is fantabulous with blueberries.
June 26, 2017
When all else fails, eat blueberries, you will feel better.
Smiles given and received do a nice job too.
May 21, 2017
Interesting info regarding blueberries in this short one page article, check it out, stay in the know.
April 21, 2017
I never have to look to far or search too hard to find something I think might interest you for this page of our website. For example did you know that April 17th was Herbalist Day? Did you know the value of herbs reaches to culinary and medicinal and practical household uses? It's a lot of information but take it in baby steps like I do. Here is one link I found interesting www.theherbalacademy.com, maybe youwill too. You do not have to dive deep into study but you can gatherinfo.
March 12, 2017 - I love sharing good news tidbits like this:
A flavonoid found in cocoa beans could mean the difference between remembering and forgetting, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Scientists from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Calgary linked the flavonoid epicatechin (or epi for short) to the formation of long-term memory.
Found in cocoa beans, green tea, blueberries and red wine, epi is a plant-based phytochemical associated with memory and neural performance. Research from a variety of labs has found that epi may play a role in the regeneration of neurons, help protect against certain types of neuronal death, and, according to this 2012 study, significantly improve long-term memory.
from: Lumosity blog
January 6, 2017-
Start the new year making your "health" the most important thing to take care of. Here is one way.
Aging Gene Deactivator #1
Blueberries are very high in two critical nutrients that trick your body into thinking your aging gene is turned off by helping preserve the length of what's known as telomeres. Telomeres look like little thimbles on the end of your chromosomes. The longer your telomeres are, the slower you age.
These two vital nutrients, anthocyanins and reservatrol are more readily absorbed topically although you can certainly enjoy eating blueberries as well.
First you will want to put a bowl of blueberries in the freezer. The cold will actually help tighten your skin. Then take the cold blueberries out and mash them into a paste. Then simply apply this paste to your face and leave on for seven minutes. Wash it off and enjoy your new just from the spa looking skin.
November 24th- yum.................................
Looks nutritious to me, and that's a fact.
November 15th- you never have to go too far or look too hard to find the praises of "real" food like fresh blueberries. Highly recommended for anyone interested in making their diet the healthiest it can possibly be.
July 14th- if you are not familiar with the wonderful world of honey, you should be. We have more than 4,000 years of recorded use of honey as medicine from the ancient world to the present. Lab tests show different types of honey differ in their amounts of vitamins and minerals because every sample of honey is made up of a different compilation of nectars. Depending on which plants bees are visiting, honey can take on "supercharged" levels of nutrients and phytochemicals Wow, good to know, honey is food and it's medicine. Gee, didn't someone say that? Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Just wondering................
June 17th- for your health, did you know?
June 13th - do you really know how good blueberries are for you? Seriously? Everywhere I
look I see more good news about the nutritional and health value of blueberries. Easy snack, smart breakfast, refreshing drinks, awesome deserts, ice cream too. Come on, try some blueberries from Outback Farm.. Outback Farm open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, including holidays from 6am to 6pm, convenient huh?
May 29th - the asparagus has been plentiful and
we have really enjoyed sharing with friends and neighbors. We will quit cutting by June 6th so if
you haven't tried it yet you may want to consider before we let it all go to fern for this year.
March 18th - since asparagus is the first crop
here at Outback Farm I thought I'd remind you
just how nutritious it is beside being really
versatile, really easy, really delish. Stay tuned
for when we start cutting.
Preparation and serving methods
The spears will snap where any woodiness
begins. Tie spears into a bundle. Cook for 2-3 minutes in boiling water with tips upward. Then
just dip the tips briefly into the boiling water.
Asparagus shoots are one of the most sought
-after vegetables during the spring season.
Fresh spears preferred in cooking. To prepare, wash them in cool running water with gentle
scrub. Thin tender spears can be cooked directly. Thick stalks, however, may need peeling
before being used in the recipes.
In general, its spears need to be cooked briefly. In some households, traditional pots are
employed to cook asparagus wherein its stalks immersed in boiling water while tips just allowed
to steam cook.
Here are some serving tips:
Bruschetta with asparagus, tomato, and cheese toppings. Photo courtesy:rizkapb
- Asparagus spears can be enjoyed raw, steamed, sautéed, stir-fried or mixed with vegetables, beans, poultry or seafood.
- Steamed spears are served with citrus hollandaise sauce, melted butter, parmesan or pecorino cheese in a beautiful French style recipes.
- Grilled spring onions and asparagus stalks smeared with macadamia nut oil is a
- mouth-watering appetizer.
- Stir-fry its tender stalks with sesame seeds, and season in garlic, ginger, and pepper paste
We are pleased to share with you facts and tidbits we see, read, and hear about regarding the numerous benefits of eating blueberries. Take your commitment to yourself one step further
and eat real food!
November 21, 2015
More great news about blueberries....freezing them is a good thing.
Read the article for eight more reasons to enjoy blueberries.
(NaturalNews) Just when you thought that the health benefits of blueberries couldn't be any more plentiful, new research
has found that freezing the superfood actually increases the berry's nutritional content.
November 15, 2015
Life Extension Magazine published an in depth article regarding BLUEBERRIES and how they, boost longevity and memory, have brain protecting benefits and can aid in counteracting cardiovascular diseases. Wow! Article is a little technical but still informative. (source: Life Extension Magazine, April 2015 issue)
July 26, 2015
Beauty Benefits of Blueberries
Rated the number one antioxidant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, blueberries have a multitude of health and beauty benefits.There is skin healing; toning; hair growth; belly fat; heart health; vision; infections and brain food among the benefits that can be derived from blueberries. Do yourself a huge favor, eat blueberries often.
"July" is National Blueberry Month
8 Blueberry Facts - You Need to Know
(Surprising Recipe Included),
celebrate with some fun facts:
1. There are 2 types of blueberries grown in
the USA – highbush and wild (lowbush). The
highbush berries are big and pretty and served mostly fresh. Wild blueberries
are smaller and mostly used in food preparation (blueberry muffin, anyone?)
2. Blueberry consumption (and production) has tripled
since 1995. Back then, the average American ate 1 pound of blueberries a year.
This year, we will surpass 3 pounds per capita.
3. Blueberries are a native
plant to North America.
4. It’s peak season here, and
prices for fresh domestic blueberries are very affordable. The season begins in
May and lasts until early Fall.
5. Blueberries are only blue on the outside,
the flesh is actually green. The blue color of the berries’ skin comes from anthocyanins,
a set of powerful antioxidants that may hep reduce the risk of cancer.
6. Blueberries are an amazing snack. Not only
do they taste great, they are very low in calories – just 80
calories for a 1-cup serving.
7. Blueberries are nutrition
powerhouses. A serving has 25% of the recommended daily value for
vitamin C and manganese, as well as 4 grams of fiber (15% of the daily
8. Blueberries have a low glycemic
index, which is good news for people with diabetes who are afraid to
eat fruit. In a human study, blueberries have been shown to improve insulin
sensitivity in people with pre-diabetes.
Ingredients: 1 package of blueberries, any size
Instructions: 1) Rinse thoroughly 2)
sources: Fooducate Newsletter
- USDA Nutrition Database
- US Highbush
- Bioactives in Blueberries Improve Insulin Sensitivity in
Obese, Insulin-Resistant Men and Women – Stull, Cash, Johnson,
Champagne, and Cefalu – Journal of Nutrition – Aug 2010
June 22, 2014 - Wow, you can really get creative with blueberries, fresh or frozen. Try this for breakfast to get started or have as a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up. It's so easy, cold watermelon and a cup of frozen blueberries with a spring of mint. Blueberrylicious!!!
about the wonderful world of blueberries
Top 10 Powerhouse Foods
These super foods give you fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more. Plus, they're low in calories and are readily available. Take the first step toward a healthy diet by eating the foods on this important list.
(source Your Body Can Heal Itself by the editors of FC&A Medical Publishing)
A flavonoid found in cocoa beans could mean the difference between remembering and forgetting, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Scientists from Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Calgary linked the flavonoid (-)- epicatechin (or epi for short) to the formation of long term memory. Epi: an edible, natural chemical - found in cocoa beans, green tea,blueberries and red wine, epi is a plant-based phytochemical associated with memory and neural performance. Research from a variety of labs has found that epi may play a role in the regeneration of neurons, help protect against certain types of neuronal death, and, according to this 2012 study, significantly improve long term memory. (source Lumosity 4/9/13)
Have you considered the numerous health benefits of adding blueberries to your diet? Take a look at this list of paybacks:
Calorie for calorie, berries are among the most nutritional foods on the planet when it come to fiber and antioxidant capacity. All berries are great for you, but blueberries,
strawberries and raspberries are tops for their ability to help lower blood pressure, thanks to high doses of fiber, vitamin C, potassium and other plant components. How they work: all three berries are high in fiber, but raspberries rank highest. Just one cup delivers more than 33% of the daily value for a mere 60 calories. A cup of strawberries offers 136% of the daily value for vitamin C. And blueberries
contain a compound called pterostilbene that helps prevent plaque build up in the arteries. Last but hardly least, berries are anti-inflammatory. (source: Yahoo Health 11/8/11)
Blueberries, rank number 11 in THE FIFTY BEST BRAIN FOODS.
The top dozen are:
almond milk, unsweetened
beans, black, pinto, garbanzo
bell peppers, yellow, green, red, orange
Foods rich in antioxidants include a variety of fruits and vegetables. Blueberries are very high in antioxidants, which among neuroscientists has earned them the nickname "brain berries." In laboratory studies, rats that ate blueberriesshowed a better ability to learn new motor skills and gained protection against strokes. That is not all. In one study, rats that ate a diet rich inblueberries lost abdominal fat, lowered cholesterol, and improved glucose levels. Similar studies showed that rats that consumed strawberries and spinach also gained significant protection. (source: Change Your Brain, Change Your Body pg.101)
THE BEST ANTIOXIDANT FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
red bell peppers
(source: U.S. Department of Agriculture)
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