Who does not LOVE blueberries? I sure do! If there was any fruit that I could eat any day, any time and any season, it would be blueberries!
Why blueberries? Because they taste so wonderful and are full of antioxidants!
Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, these berries are also high in potassium and vitamin C, making them the top choice of doctors and nutritionists. Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also anti-inflammatory.
“Inflammation is a key driver of all chronic diseases, so blueberries have a host of benefits,” says Ann Kulze, MD, of Charleston, S.C., author ofDr. Ann’s 10-Step Diet, A Simple Plan for Permanent Weight Loss & Lifelong Vitality. When selecting berries, note that the darker they are, the more anti-oxidants they have. “I tell everyone to have a serving (about 1/2 cup) every day,” Dr. Kulze says. “Frozen are just as good as fresh.” Be sure to include lots of other fruits and vegetables in your diet as well. Remember too that, in general, the more color they have, the more antioxidants.
Blueberry Smoothie: This is my favorite one. I do a smoothie in the afternoon for my afternoon snack! So YUMMY!
* 1 cup soy milk
*1 scoop protein powder
* 1/2 cup blueberries
*(other additions: plain yogurt, peanut butter, almonds or walnuts)
Cottage Cheese & Blueberries: This is one that I also use as a AM or PM snack.
*1/2 cup blueberries
* 1/2 cup cottage cheese
*1/2 cup plain yogurt (greek yogurt)
*(other additions: peanut butter, almond butter, 1/4 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder, ground flax, walnuts)
Cup O’ Blueberries: The easiest and quickest!
Here are some more great reasons to eat blueberries:
Blueberries contain: - A synergy of multiple nutrients and phytonutrients. - Polyphenols (anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, catechins ) - Salicylic acid - Caratenoids - Fiber - Folate - Vitamin C - Vitamin E - Potassium - Manganese - Iron - Riboflavin - Niacin - phytoestrogens - Low calories
Blueberries are one of the most important superfoods. They are small in size but bring huge benefits to your health. “The blueberry combines more powerful disease-fighting antioxidents than any other fruit or vegetable. Just one serving of blueberries provides as many antioxidant protection as 1,733 IU of vitamin E and more prottection than 1,200 miligrams of vitamin C.”
To some people the most amazing benefit of blueberries is their ability to prevent aging. Blueberries help in maintaining healthy skin and reducing the sags and bags brought on by age.