You’ve heard about antioxidant benefits, right?
They’re responsible for better health, better shape, better heart, better skin – you name it. But here’s what you don’t know about one of the smallest antioxidant superfoods on the market: blueberries.
Of all the berries – strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, The Cranberries, etc – blueberries are the most antioxidant-packed of the bunch. They may be small and blue, but they’re highly nutritious (and delicious). A handful of these small, squishy little fruits may pack more benefits than you may think.
According to Healthline, a cup of blueberries boasts less than 100 calories; and is also rich in fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Manganese, and more. It’s a great low-calorie snack with many creative ways of enjoying them. But before we go there, let’s talk about antioxidants:
What are antioxidants?
The enemy here are something called free radicals. They are caused by pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, and many things present in your daily life. Free radicals damage your cells, this is also referred to as oxidation.
This means a small percentage of cells become damaged and turn into free radicals, which can in turn harm other cells and lead to disease. This is where antioxidants come in. Antioxidants provide protection against the oxidative stress of these pesky free radicals and help repair your cells.
Antioxidants are crucial for fighting disease. Damage caused by the unchecked activity of free radicals has been associated with cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases. Boosting your diet with antioxidants is an effective, tried-and-true way of neutralizing free radicals and the damage associated with them.
The good news is, you can do that with a tasty, healthy snack. Here are some of our favorite ways:
Ideas for Enjoying Blueberries
A frozen blueberry is like a miniature-sized orb smoothie. You can grab a few of them and toss them into your mouth. Perfect snack for summertime (before they melt).
You can use your favorite yogurt with this one. My favorite is plain Greek yogurt. The thick smoothness of the yogurt with the purple tint of the blueberries as they swirl together in your cup or bowl gives it an ice cream look. Tastes almost like ice cream, too. Which is great.
This one can be a hit or miss. It must be paired with a cereal that complements the berry’s flavor. I found that plain cereal (like Corn Flakes or Special K) with 2% milk works best. Oatmeal is a similar variation you can try.
In a Smoothie / Shake:
Whether you make protein shakes before/after a workout or drink one for breakfast, blueberries will add life to its flavor. And if you use a cup or more, it may turn your shake purple. Which is kinda cool. Check out this fun recipe for our Blueberry Blast smoothie.
Those are some simple ideas we hope you like. Let us know below if you have other creative ideas for enjoying blueberries.
You can boost the antioxidants in your body with antioxidant-rich foods. Blueberries are a delicious option, but there are others you can try as well: broccoli, spinach, carrots, avocados, lettuce, sweet potatoes, and kale. To name a few.
To sum up, antioxidants:
- Fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress on your cells
- Improve organ health
- Improve eye health
- Improve mental health
- Support healthy aging
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