Why You Should Love Blueberries!

6D83C2EDABYou probably use them in your smoothies, sprinkled on top of your breakfast, starring in your favourite dessert, or even just enjoyed on their own. But did you know, these fabulous little berries are actually a powerhouse of nutrition?

Containing anthocyanins, (a phytochemical found in plants that give blueberries their vibrant blue colour), flavonoids, resveratrol, manganese, vitamin K, vitamin C & beta-carotene, these tiny fruits are jam packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that work to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce your risk of cancer, lower inflammation, improve your memory and cognitive function, prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and even fight the signs of ageing.

In addition to this, blueberries may decrease insulin resistance, improve gut health by promoting healthy intestinal flora, reduce oxidative stress and may protect the eyes from light damage.

So how can you incorporate more blueberries into your diet?

Fresh blueberries are abundant during the warmer months, however frozen organic blueberries allow you to enjoy their health benefits all year round. Their tiny size makes them super easy to use in many ways:

  • Sprinkle on top of your morning breakfast
  • Use in smoothies
  • Add to your fruit salad or fruit platter
  • Crushed up in a glass/jug of water with some sliced citrus fruits
  • Add to muffins and other baked goods
  • Add to yoghurt
  • Use in homemade raw chocolate
  • Freeze them with water in ice cube trays
  • Add to your trail mix
  • Enjoy on their own as a nutritious snack.

My favourite way to enjoy blueberries is by adding them to my smoothies. They are such an easy way to spruce up any smoothie flavour combination and add a burst of nutrition and colour.

BLUEBERRY & BANANA SMOOTHIE:

  • 1/2 banana
  • Handful of frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 1/4 cup nut milk (I used macadamia milk)

Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blitz for about 20-30 seconds. Pour into a large glass and enjoy!
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