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Why You Should Add More Blueberries to Your Diet

July 1, 2018 | Categories:

In honor of National Blueberry Month, we’re celebrating the ripe, blue-hued fruit by sharing all the reasons why they’re good for us, as well as fresh, mouth-watering ways to enjoy them.

Blueberries are considered a superfood for a reason. They’re rich in antioxidants, a great source of fiber and manganese, as well as vitamins C and K, and only 84 calories per cup. There are two types of blueberries: Highbush blueberries are the most commonly grown species in the U.S., while Lowbush blueberries — often referred to as “wild” blueberries — are often smaller and may be richer in some antioxidants, according to Authority Nutrition’s website.

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Research from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council links blueberry consumption to health benefits that range from aging improvements and cancer prevention (due to the antioxidant compounds called flavonoids); as well as to improving insulin sensitivity in obese, insulin-resistant men and women; aiding gut health; lowering blood pressure and more.

You’ve probably thought of adding fresh or frozen blueberries to oatmeal, smoothies and parfaits, but here are a few creative ways to incorporate more blue into your diet.

Fruity Breakfast Quinoa

If you haven’t tried quinoa for breakfast yet, this recipe on Almond Breeze’s website will have you eager to start. Making quinoa with vanilla almond milk will add sweetness as well as additional protein to this plant protein-based breakfast bowl. Top the quinoa with ripe blueberries and sprinkle slivered or chopped raw almonds on the top for a crunch in every spoonful.

Blueberry Grilled Cheese

You may have added grilled tomatoes or fresh apple slices to your favorite grilled cheese sandwich, but blueberries are a sweet way to make this comfort food a summer lunch or dinner specialty.

The blueberry grilled cheese recipe on the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council’s website calls for American cheese and apple slices.

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Blueberries and Bourbon

If you prefer a Southern-style cocktail, add bourbon to muddled blueberries in a shaker glass. The recipe creator says it’s a summertime version of an Old Fashioned. Find the full ingredients list and recipe at Serious Eats.

Read the full article on 24Life.com.

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