Hands 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:
- Slow down and possibly reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s
- Reduce the risk factors for heart disease
- Improve night vision and protect against macular degeneration
- Decrease risk of cancer, especially colon and ovarian cancer
- Improve your digestion system and help you eliminate waste
- 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.