Okay, ya’ll. So I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of the blueberry. This superfood isn’t exactly something that just hit the masses recently. Blueberries have been around and incorporated into our meals and snacks since practically forever. But, in keeping with the theme of the weekend, I thought we would stick to everything red, white, and blueberry 😉
What are blueberries?
So, what are these berries? Personally, they’re one of my favorite types of berries. This is the first superfood we’ve come across that is actually native to North America; primarily grown in the United States and Canada.
How do blueberries affect our bodies?
Blueberries are good for us on SO many levels. Seriously, it’s ridiculous how much punch is packed into these itty bitty berries.
To put it simply, blueberries have a high content of phytonutrients, such as anthocyanins, hydroxycinnamic acids, hydroxybenzoic acids, and flavonols, just to name a few.
Ha. I’m kidding. Those phytonutrients can better be thought of as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory products.
More specifically, anthocyanin, the most commonly talked about phytonutrient, is responsible for giving the blueberry its dark blue/purple pigment, and has been linked to various research studies for fighting cancer-causing free radicals. They have even been found to reduce and block the growth of tumor cells.
Blueberries also help naturally soften skin and fight wrinkles, reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar levels, improve sight, boost brain function and fight against memory loss, promote healthy digestion, and can even prevent urinary tract infections.
Favorite ways to snack:
There really isn’t a wrong way to eat blueberries. I mean it. They complement pretty much any meal or snack. Similar to the goji berry (but remember, very different from the chia seed), blueberries can be eaten as they are. They’re a great snack to grab by the handful and eat while you’re on the go.
Other options include adding them on top of oatmeal, cereal, or yogurt. You can also add them to a homemade trail mix, or even blended in your smoothie for added nutrients. My absolute favorite is to bake them into, or add on top of waffles, muffins, or pancakes. Mmmm.
Comment below and share your favorite blueberry snack, or share a picture of your red, white, and blue(berry) this weekend!
Some great resources for blueberry info: