Big Bad Blueberries

Blueberries make for a great summer treat. They taste even better when eaten fresh, or better yet if you grow them yourself! Blueberries are sweet which will help curb your sugar cravings. They are also full of amazing nutrients and can be used in a lot of different recipes.

Soemthing you’ll notice about blueberries is their strong color. Something called an anthocyanin (a type of flavonoid) is what causes that. They also happen to be responsible for many of the healthy nutrients these little plump berries of goodness provide.

Of course, when you look at consuming vegetables or fruits of any kind they hold a much higher nutritional value than other alternatives. Here are some of the health benefits that blueberries can provide:

  • Manage Diabetes
  • Maintain Healthy Bones
  • Fight off Heart Disease
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Improving Mental Health
  • Weight Loss
  • Healthy Digestion
  • Fighting Wrinkles

These are just a few of the potential health benefits for eating blueberries. When it comes to nutritional value, here is how blueberries break down:

Serving Size: 1 Cup of Blueberries
Calories: 84
Protein: 1.1g
Carbohydrates: 21g
Fats: 0.49g

Of those 21 grams of carbohydrates a decent 3.6g are fiber which makes up for about 14% of your daily requirement. They also include Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin K just to name a few more.

If you’re looking to add blueberries into your diet try a few of these ideas. Mix blueberries in with yogurt or granola. Blend them up in a smoothie or protein shake. I personally like to put them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to let them chill and then just eat them as a snak by themselves. Of course you can always put them together with other various fruits in a bowl to change things up a bit. Whichever way you like, blueberries are sure to add nutritional value to your diet.

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