10 Reasons to Eat Blueberries (Bonus Recipe Included)

 

Magnified Blueberry

  1. Blueberries taste awesome!
  2. Now is peak season in North America, so prices for fresh domestic blueberries are affordable. The season begins in May and lasts until the Fall.
  3. The blueish hue afforded to these berries comes from anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in reducing the risk of cancer.
  4. Blueberries are a great low calorie snack – a cup of approximately 5 ounces has only 80 calories.
  5. They are rich in micro-nutrients such as vitamin C (25% of your daily value) and manganese (25%).
  6. Blueberries, like all fruits and vegetable, contain fiber so lacking in our SAD (Standard American Diet). A cup of berries has almost 4 grams of fiber, equaling 15% of your daily requirement.
  7. Blueberries are low in glycemic load. Hello friends with diabetes! Additionally, in a human study, blueberries have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity in people with pre-diabetes.
  8. In some animal studies, animals fed blueberries showed a decrease in cholesterol levels and blood lipids. This can decrease the risk for heart disease.
  9. Blueberry production and consumption has tripled in less than a decade, which means there’s going to be more available this season than ever before.
  10. Did we mention how great blueberries taste?

Bonus Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Rinse thoroughly
  2. Eat

What’s your favorite blueberry recipe?

Bowl of Blueberries

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  • Anna

    Love the bonus recipe ;) It’s how I always eat them!

  • Lisa Altmann

    Blueberries with a little bit of oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled with honey…yummo!!!

  • mmmmm yum

    When I was a kid my grandmother gave us blueberries and blackberries in a bowl of milk as though it were cereal. I still love it

    • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

      Interesting!

  • Cynthia

    Blueberries, strawberries in plain greek yogurt with sliced almonds on top. That is a perfect breakfast.

  • http://everythinghappens-blog.blogspot.com/ Alyssa B

    I love blueberries in yogurt. They are also great frozen. (If you love frozen grapes, you’ll love frozen blueberries.)

  • timlockk

    I keep messing up the recipe! Arrrrgh, I’m a horrible cook.

    • JJ

      Ahhahahahahahaha

  • Tyler

    I usually add blueberries, strawberries, cashewnuts and honey on oatmeal or polenta for breakfast.

  • Jen

    I fill every dimple on my waffles with a blueberry, then drizzle honey over everything. Requires a little dexterity to raise the waffle to your mouth without an escaping blueberry, but my my, can’t ask for a better breakfast!!

  • laalicia

    they’re great in buckwheat pancakes too!

  • Jinhumboldt

    I have 4 varieties of ripe blueberry bushes in my yard right now! Fresh is the best!

    • Jinhumboldt

      This is a better shot.

  • Clancy Harrison

    We made a Frozen Blueberry Necklace today- great alternative to a candy necklace and cooled my little one off at the same time. http://healthybabybeans.com/archives/3745

  • johnanthonyca

    I found the same article on http://superhuman.ly and couldn’t agree more! It’s just so easy to incorporate blueberries into our diets. Blueberry smoothie. Blueberry in pancakes, blueberry in cereals, frozen blueberry and cottage cheese… there’s just so many!!

  • Cher

    I have my blueberries on plain, greek, low-fat yogurt with sliced banana and a dash of cinnamon.

  • Rene’

    I eat my blueberries with plain Greek yogurt, walnuts and a little bit of grade B maple syrup to sweeten. Yum!