Do you include blueberries in your healthy eating choices?
Blueberries are a super food, loaded with antioxidants.
Do you know blueberries contain the highest amounts of antioxidants of any berry?
They do! And these deep blue delicious berries are often a favorite of young and old.
When I was a kid, we spent a week every summer in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania.
The camp where we stayed had wild huckleberries and blueberries. They grew on bushes over our heads, and usually were ripe the week we were there in August.
Here in South Carolina, early June is blueberry season.
When I eat them, I’m often transported back to the happy memories we had picking blueberries, and then eating them in pancakes the next day. Yummy!
As a child, you also may have enjoyed eating blueberries…
Maybe even picking them! 😉
Do you know… ?
Blueberries are super foods. Truly healthy eating in addition to being delicious!
Would you have changed your view of blueberries as a kid if you knew they were also healthy?
And they can be part of easy healthy recipes for caregivers.
Are you searching for a low-calorie, high fiber fruit?
Look no further than the blueberry! One cup contains less than 100 calories. And a cup of blueberries is packed with one fourth the daily requirement for Vitamin C.
Why should you include blueberries in your diet as a caregiver?
Studies show blueberries help your
- Even your heart!
Your brain and nervous system?
Yes! Blueberries contain nutrients that support your nervous system, may delay brain cell death like occurs in Alzheimer’s disease and help your memory.
What about your vision?
Blueberries contain compounds called anthocyanosides and flavonoids. They can slow visual loss, while helping prevent macular degeneration, myopia, and cataracts.
And your heart?
Anthocyanins are important antioxidants known to prevent heart disease and to support good health of your heart and blood vessels. Anthocyanins are the compounds in red wine researchers report support heart health.
And guess what…?
Blueberries have more anthocyanins than red wine!
Plus blueberries also may help prevent urinary tract infections.
And there’s more…
The antioxidants in blueberries may benefit other conditions including hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and peptic ulcers.
And antioxidants help combat the effects of stress. As in caregiver stress.
And adding them to your healthy eating plan can be a snap with easy healthy recipes. You can add them to a fruit smoothie. And they are delicious on a salad.
Rinsing and thawing frozen berries can take only minutes. Truly a time saver!
Here are some precautions to consider about blueberries…
- Milk protein seems to deplete the antioxidants in blueberries. So instead of eating blueberries on cereal, you may want to make them a high energy snack later in the morning, or maybe try some on a salad at lunch. Especially when you’re looking to get the extra boost from the antioxidants for caregiver stress.
- Blueberries also contain oxalates. They can become concentrated and crystallize, possibly a problem for those with a tendency for gallstones or kidney stones. Your personal physician can advise you about blueberries.
- Moderation may be the way to go instead of overindulging. And you want to pay attention to allergies and other health concerns.
Wondering How to Select and Enjoy Blueberries?
First, pick good ones.
Choose blueberries that are firm and uniform in color, not dull or watery.
Water causes blueberries to spoil more quickly. So they should be kept in dry containers in the refrigerator. Blueberries should also be dried thoroughly after washing.
Frozen can be a great option if you can’t buy fresh. Blueberries freeze nicely and can be purchased whole or smashed.
Just thaw and enjoy!
When using frozen blueberries in cooking you have choices. You can either thaw them or include them in your recipe frozen adjusting your cooking time slightly.
Blueberries can be enjoyed from morning until night in a variety of recipes including
- Breads and muffins…
- Even Drinks.
And they make a great “one ingredient” snack!
Blueberries can be a great addition to your healthy eating plan, and to your easy healthy recipes.
Got some favorite blueberry recipes?
Most everyone does.
And as your needs and eating changes, you may be looking for more blueberry recipes.
This month blueberry recipes are included in the Caregiving With Purpose Gold Membership subscription.
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To your healthy caregiving,
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