Blueberries’ main health benefits come from naturally-occurring pigments that give them their blue colour and act as potent antioxidants. According to the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University¬ (www.hnrca.tufts.edu), blueberries rank No. 1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. Blueberries are also a great source of fiber and can enhance the effects of Vitamin C. Research has also shown promise that this delicious fruit may help lower blood pressure and slow down progress of Alzheimer’s.
One serving (1/2 cup) of blueberries contains:
11 grams of carbohydrate
2 grams of fiber, and
1 gram of protein
Frozen blueberries have the same nutritional properties as fresh, and are available all year round. To freeze fresh blueberries yourself, rinse and dry the berries. Freeze in a single layer on rimmed baking sheets, and seal in freezer-safe containers for up to one year.
Include more blueberries in your diet:
Add them to smoothies, cereal, yogurt, or salads
Mash them up and mix them with sparkling water and lemon juice
Add them to pancake mix