FIT for Women, Health & Wellness, Superfood
Superfood spotlight: blueberries
By The Edith Sanford teamApril 1, 2014
The illustrious blueberry. Its nutritional benefits have been touted for so long that this little berry is like superfood royalty.
Not only are blueberries sweet and delicious, but they’re packed with antioxidants and powerful anti-inflammatory agents that help your body fight disease. They also deliver a good bit of fiber and vitamin C.
Fresh, frozen or dried?
Fortunately, these berries deliver the same antioxidant power frozen as they do fresh. So if you’re not impressed with the produce aisle of your grocery store, stock up in the frozen food section (just stick to the unsweetened options without added sugar).
Dried blueberries are a good option, too. Just be aware of portion size! One cup of fresh blueberries has about 85 calories and 15 grams of sugar, whereas 1/4 of a cup of dried blueberries falls in the range of about 150 calories and 21 grams of sugar.
What’s hotter right now than smoothies? Try adding a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries into your blender along with your other favorite healthy ingredients. In just a matter of seconds, you’ve got a delicious drink that helps you meet your nutritional quota!
Blueberries may be most famous for their role in delicious pies and muffins, but they’re a tasty addition to lots of other things. Try a handful on top of your morning cereal, oatmeal or yogurt. Or get creative by using them in salads, salsas or other savory dishes.
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