I would like to dedicate this blog to one of my favorite fruits, blueberries. It really pleases me that it gets a whole celebratory month. I hope you have partaken in eating everything blueberry, if you have not, let me tell you why you should:
Besides being very tasty, blueberries are low in calories, have no fat, are high in fiber and are full of antioxidants (antioxidants help us fight free radicals that are formed in the body and could damage different cells as well as DNA). Blueberries contain polyphenols called anthocyanins which give the fruit its blue color as well as its antioxidant capacity and anti-inflammatory properties. They also contain a good amount of vitamin C and manganese. Vitamin C helps with keeping a healthy immune system and manganese helps with bone development and converting macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates and protein) to energy. Blueberries may also help with reducing risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.
In North America, blueberry season is from April to late September. Season peaks in July (hence July is blueberry month). Thankfully, our neighbors in South America have opposite seasons and therefore, we can get this amazing fruit year round. Moreover, we can get frozen blueberries year round. If you ever wanted to go pick blueberries yourself, make sure you check this link of where.
For more information and plenty of recipes you can check the Blueberry Council webpage.
Here is recipe for a high protein blueberry smoothie (makes 2 servings):
1 cup 0% Greek yogurt
0.5 cup ice
0.5 cup 100% pineapple juice
1 cup blueberries fresh or forzen
1 Tbsp of chia seeds
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy
Nutrition facts per serving: 175 kcal, 14 grams protein, 26 grams carbohydrates, 4.4 grams fiber, 2.5 grams fat, 189 mg calcium and 13 mg vitamin C.
Enjoy this month to it's fullest and don't forget to add some blueberries!