I haven’t met too many people that dislike blueberries. Blueberries are easily added to the family’s diet whether fresh or frozen. You can cook or bake with them, and of course, you can eat them raw.
Here are 5 health benefits for eating blueberries. I think after you read these, you’ll see why you will want to be sure and ALWAYS swing by the blueberry section at the grocery store.
1. Blueberries are great for hydration. They consist of around 85% of water. And, we all know we need to consume plenty of water in our diets for cleansing and flushing toxins.
2. Blueberries are perfect for a growing toddler’s nutritional needs! For such a small little fruit, it packs a punch of nutrients! Look at these facts: One cup of blueberries contains 24% of the RDA recommended Vitamin C, 36% of the RDA recommended Vitamin K and 25% of the RDA Manganese. And, let us not forget all the fantastic fiber this little round ball of joy brings to the table too! (More on fiber in the next point.)
3. Blueberries can aid in healthy digestion & regularity. First, the high amount of dietary fiber in blueberries will help you stay regular to eliminate toxins. Secondly, consuming foods high in fiber will fight hunger cravings and make you feel full longer. Plus, the natural sweetness of the berries helps calm sugar cravings. And with their low glycemic value, blueberries are very friendly to Keto, Paleo, and most all eating lifestyles! BAM!
4. Blueberries help keep the urinary tract clean. A urinary tract infection is usually quite painful and downright unpleasant no matter how old you are. By consuming blueberries, their antioxidants can prevent the bacteria present in these organs from attaching to the tissues inside them – which is what causes the infection. So eat up!
5. Blueberries are a high on the list for antioxidants. The antioxidant compounds found in blueberries are called flavonoids. One group of these flavonoids called anthocyanins is especially useful for anti-aging, prevention of cancer and heart diseases. Bring on all the blueberries right?
Here’s the bottom line:
Here is a tasty way to serve a yummy dessert loaded with nutrients and cell protection.
HEALTHY KID-FRIENDLY BLUEBERRY MILKSHAKE RECIPE
1/2 ripe frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or fresh)
½ cup organic baby spinach leaves
1 ½ – 1 ¾ cups almond milk (unsweetened)
2 Medjool dates (optional or a few drops of stevia)
You can add protein powder to make this a hearty snack or even a meal
Blend until ready to drink!
Makes 2-4 kid-sized servings.
DID YOU KNOW…
For the next time you are playing Trivia Crack or on HQ
North America. They are grown for both consumption here and also for export to Europe and other continents.
The state of Maine is the largest producer of blueberries in the world.