Start here: Benefits of Blueberries (keeping it simple)
Let’s get healthy (and get real)
We are constantly told to add more fruits and veggies into our diets and we look for the benefits to convince ourselves that we really NEED to start eating healthier. I know we probably don’t research the benefits of cheese, and burgers (haha). So that’s why I’m writing about the benefits of blueberries. Look, to change our habits we need to change the way we see and think of “healthy”.
Constantly being sick and in the hospital was exhausting and not a great way to live, and although I knew all the benefits of healthy eating, I had to change the way I ate. I’ve spent years experimenting with different recipes and have had to make things that even my meat-eating family will love. This includes extended family. We may not have similar taste buds but I hope you will become inspired by what you find here, and the recipes you find that your family might just love. You won’t know until you try.
Benefits of Blueberries
I’m sure you’ve heard numerous times that blueberries and it’s benefits are good for you because they are high in, or contain antioxidants. It’s become common knowledge that blueberries along with other berries, provide our bodies with antioxidants that protect us from free radicals. But what the heck are antioxidants? We keep being told that we need them, but why? What will be the thing that convinces me I need it?
So let’s dive in a little, shall we?
Blueberries and Antioxidants
Antioxidants help protect our bodies from free radicals in our environment. (Ok I’m listening). Many plant foods can provide antioxidants to our bodies, but for the sake of this article, we are discussing blueberries.
This article by the mayo clinic provides more information on antioxidants and different foods. Also, anthocyanin is what gives blueberries both their blue color and many of their health benefits.
- One cup of blueberries provides 24 percent of persons recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
- Blueberries (along with all berries), contain polyphenols. Polyphenols are micro-nutrients that our bodies need, and one of the best antioxidants you can provide your body.
- One cup of blueberries also contains 3.6 grams of fiber (who doesn’t need fiber when eating a S.A.D. Diet). S.A.D. stands for “Standard American Diet”. I believe in having higher standards for myself (because self-love ya know).
The amount of information is endless but if you enjoy the science behind it like me, then you’re in the right place. I love doing research, it’s in my `nerdy side DNA.
Ok, so antioxidants are good and many environmental, free radicals not so good. You still with me? I could talk to you in line at the grocery store and tell you how antioxidants found in many fruits protect us from free radicals. But then I start to think about how this conversation would go if I was speaking to my step-dad. He doesn’t talk much but when he does you should listen.
Well, what are free radicals?
Blueberries and Free Radicals
Ok, here we go, diving a little deeper (no floaties necessary). I’m not an expert in the science of it all but I love and crave doing my own research (my passion for nutrition and health just runs through my veins… cue dramatic music).
This article also goes more in-depth in information on free radicals, and antioxidants. What has been common knowledge as far as I can tell and are aware of is; free radicals harm our bodies in the way of tobacco smoke, poor air quality, and fumes from gasoline and smog.
Again, we can have all the research to know how and why, but it’s important to know how we can implement these things in our lives.
Blueberries may not be the cure to world peace..but they still taste good.
Ok so blueberries alone may not be able to save the world but now that we know they positively contribute to our health, we can start to incorporate them into our diets.
That’s where I come in and make a completely beautiful, scientific, mess in my kitchen. I know… I’m super dramatic… it’s who I am… I love it haha. Oh… back to the point.
What can I do with blueberries?
My son can eat an entire case alone but for those of us who require a little more, I got you covered. I will have new blueberry recipes coming your way that everyone will be sure to love.
I can’t wait, but in the meantime, you can throw them in a shake or your pancake mix. They don’t have a strong flavor, so if you can add kale, you can add blueberries. I believe in you.
What if I hate blueberries?
Ok well first, hate is a strong word and we like to use the word/s “highly dislike “, “despise with a passion”, and you know, all the other highly dramatic ways of putting it.
Anyway here are a few tips to add them to your diet in a sneaky way, but if you’re allergic to blueberries then run away friend because no one has time to go to the hospital only to come out worse than going in (that’s my excuse for avoiding the hospital anyway).
- Add a few frozen blueberries to your protein shake and blend really well.
- Blend a small amount with bananas (I’ve discovered that bananas can hide many flavors, like kale, etc.) and add it to your pancake mix.
- Add some to your water along with strawberries or your other favorite berries. (Look super fancy, and get used to the idea of incorporating blueberries so they aren’t so foreign. Also, you will add life to plain water).
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