Superfood Highlight – Blueberries

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If you’re like me, there’s nothing more refreshing than a big bowl of berries in the summertime.  I love blueberries, and it’s an added bonus knowing how healthy they are for you.

Blueberries are loaded with phytochemicals, such as anthocyanin (which is where they get the blue coloring from).  Anthocyanin is a powerful antioxidant that has been studied for its powerful benefits on the body, such as aiding in the prevention of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s, by neutralizing the free radicals that develop these diseases.

In addition to the antioxidant properties, blueberries are also loaded with vitamin C, fiber, and manganese.  This means that, in time, blueberries can boost your immune system, help lower your cholesterol, assist in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, and many other benefits.  There is no reason not to include blueberries into your diet…you definitely can’t go wrong.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy blueberries, is actually very simple.  Here is a quick recipe that I swear by:

1 cup of blueberries

1/2 lime

1 packet (or less) of stevia (or any other natural sweetener)

1 dash of cinnamon (optional)

Just toss blueberries in a bowl with the remaining ingredients, grab a spoon, and ENJOY!

Here is the nutritional profile for blueberries:

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