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Having children who are different learners has caused our family to approach summer differently then many other families.
Although we lighten the academic load a bit I am not comfortable with dropping lessons completely. I watch my boys work so hard to keep moving forward. It would be truly selfish of me to take too long of a break and have them lose what they had strove so hard to achieve.
So, here I am with crazy busy days juggling homeschooling, preparing to get my next children’s book ready to publish, finishing up a screenplay, keeping the house in order (that doesn’t always work out very well), grocery shopping, preparing meals, etc. Oh, and continuing with documenting my journey on this blog. Because of all that, I will be doing my best to release blog posts here on Tuesdays and Fridays( operative words “doing my best”), so that I can release posts on our other site www.crazygoodreaders.com as well.
Speaking of groceries, I was shopping earlier today and came across a BOGO special on blueberries. This reminded me of a classic children’s book I read often to my kids when they were little.
Have you ever read “Blueberries for Sal“? It was one of my kid favorites. My kids all thought it would be so cool to have a bear cub stalking them as they picked blueberries. Thankfully, we live in an area where “you pick ’em” locations abound. Strawberries, blackberries and yes, blueberries are close to home and… we rarely see bears.
I had not realized until recently how great blueberries are for enhancing brain function. Let’s hear it for those flavinoids. They just may help:
- Improve memory
- Learning and general cognitive function
- Strengthen reasoning skills
- Enhance decision making
- Support verbal comprehension and numerical ability
I started on a path of brain food awareness about a year ago in order to make sure I was feeding the best “brain foods” to my kids, especially those with Dyslexia. I came across an article that convinced me to stock up.
Blueberries are great because there are so many easy ways to add them to your diet.
Here is a short list of our favorite ways to eat blueberries:
1. Frozen – Simply stick the container in the freezer. My family walks by the fridge throughout the day popping frozen blueberries into their mouths. They are like natural candy
2. Blueberry pancakes – Simply add a handful of blueberries to batter before you cook them or smother the top of your stack after they are taken from the griddle.
3. With Oatmeal (another fantastic brain food combined with cinnamon gives you even more bang for your buck)
Here is how we prepare it.
- Add a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon to your oatmeal as it cooks.
- In a separate container combine 1 Cup heavy cream with 1/4 Cup pure maple syrup.
- Serve up your oatmeal with a generous sprinkling of blueberries on top, drizzle the maple cream over them and enjoy.
We love parfaits because not only are they delicious, but they are fun for kid to make. I mean why should you do all of the work when those little ones are more than capable. Besides, I love the smile they give when they show me their parfait masterpiece.
You can also layer in other fruits and berries to taste. Strawberries or raspberries can make for a colorful treat.
Quick and easy method
- Layer 3 T of vanilla yogurt
- Follow that with a layer of blueberries
- Add another layer of yogurt and berries
- Finish with one last dollop of yogurt sprinkled with your favorite granola. Yummy.
5. Blueberry Muffins –
1 3/4 C unbleached flour
2/3 C organic sugar
1 T baking powder
3/4 t salt
6 T butter
1/2 C milk
1/2 t vanilla
1 C fresh or frozen blueberries
Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease regular size muffin tin.
In large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. With pastry blender cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it resemble crumbs. In small bowl, beat egg, milk and vanilla until blended. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture until flour is just moistened. Batter will be lumpy. Fold the blueberries into the batter and spoon into the muffin tin. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Immediately remove from pan and serve warm. Muffins can also be cooled on a wire rack.
So, if you aren’t already feeding your family bunches of blueberries, it’s never too late to start. Go get some today.
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Robin Liner is a wife, and veteran homeschool mom with over twenty years experience. She has written two picture books and actively blogs about homeschooling with an emphasis on teaching dyslexic children at crazygoodreaders.wordpress.com. and athomewithdyslexia.com Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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