I Love Blueberries!

blueberriesdm2603_228x300Hands down, blueberries are my favorite fruit. I was re-introduced to them three summers ago at a farm stand in New Hampshire. The just-picked berries were incredible. I ate two pints by myself in a day and went back for more.

Since then I’ve done some research; these little gems are bursting with nutrition and really low in calories.

When they’re in season, troll your Farmer’s Market and eat all the fresh blueberries you can. Off season, go for organic frozen blueberries and throw them into smoothies for the most health benefits. You can also sprinkle a few into muffins or pancake mix to give your breakfast a little nutritional boost.

Here are some health benefits associated with blueberries:

  1. Slow down and possibly reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s
  2. Reduce the risk factors for heart disease
  3. Improve night vision and protect against macular degeneration
  4. Decrease risk of cancer, especially colon and ovarian cancer
  5. Improve your digestion system and help you eliminate waste
  6. Decrease your risk of developing diabetes

In fact Tufts University did a study of 60 fruits and vegetables and blueberries came out on top for having the most benefits!

So consider adding some blueberries the next time you’re mixing up a smoothie.  One cup of Blueberries is only 80 calories, here’s the nutrition breakdown.

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About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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6 Responses to I Love Blueberries!

  1. Jon August 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm #

    Hi Lisa, long time no see! I’ve got a few bushes in my backyard, covered by a rather large (and frankly ingenious) critter-proof enclosure. It looks funky, but now I get at least 10 gallons of berries each season, and most of them go to appreciative friends & neighbors. Right now they’re at the peak of sweetness, and I’ve got them spread all over my dining table waiting for freezer space! It’s fascinating how a bowl of fresh blueberries really lightens the mood at staff mtgs. Yes, I’m the local blueberry boy, and proud of it. I’d be happy to send a pic of the enclosure to anyone who’s interested.

  2. Rosy Villa August 24, 2009 at 11:27 pm #

    Love, love blueberries! as soon as I buy them, I eat them. :) Nice post!!!

  3. queenliz August 25, 2009 at 12:07 am #

    Our friends in NH have an organic blueberry farm and the fruit is so heavy on the bushes it droops to the ground. Thankfully they don’t weigh you on the way out!

  4. Lisa Johnson August 25, 2009 at 6:34 am #

    Hi Jon! Great to see you here. I’m envious of your bushes! :-)

  5. Maija Haavisto August 25, 2009 at 7:04 am #

    Wild blueberries are much better than the garden variety, though. They’re also likely to be much healthier. At least here in Europe the garden berries are greenish on the inside even when ripe, but the wild ones are completely purple throughout, so they must contain more anthocyanins and other beneficial components.

  6. Anali August 25, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    I stock up when their on sale and freeze most of them. I eat them all time!

    Oh and Lisa, I thought of you when my yoga class was cancelled this morning. I decided to mix things up and played tennis instead!

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