Why You Should Include Blueberries In Your Diet
Blueberries are in season right now. This is the time when you can include them in your everyday diet.
As you well know, blueberries are an important part of your healthy diet; mainly because of its nutritional properties that protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals and chronic diseases. It is also widely known for its anti-aging properties.
No wonder Health Castle has chosen blueberries as food of the month.
Blueberries are a great source of fiber, a good source of antioxidant, Vitamins C and E, and manganese – a mineral that helps activate many important metabolic enzymes in our bodies. Additionally, the berries are chock-full of powerful phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, which are strong antioxidants (and give the berries their trademark bluish-purple hue). They also enhance the effects of Vitamin C.
Nutrition Tidbits for Blueberries
- One cup of blueberries contains:
- Calories: 84 kcal
- Fat: 0.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 21.4 g
- Protein: 1.1 g
- Fiber: 3.6 g
- Glycemic Index (GI): Low (below 55)
Here are some of the ways to include blueberries in your diet:
- Add them to smoothies, granola, cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, or salads
- Use them in homemade popsicles for a cool treat
- When making rice pudding, replace raisins with blueberries (add them in towards the end of cooking)
- Add blueberries to homemade iced tea, or mash them up and mix them with sparkling water and lemon juice
You might also want to try any of these blueberries recipes:
- Blueberry Spinach Crumble Bar – perfect for those who have a sweet tooth.
- Blueberry Popcicles – a cool treat that your kids will love.
- Williams-Sonoma Blueberry Muffins – a healthy quick fix for breakfast or mid-day snack.
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