February already? Wow time is flying right past us
Alright so last month the main topic was weight loss. This month will be all about Super Foods, yay! These foods will help improve your health and I will tell you where and how the benefit you. Today is a very-berry-day so let talk blueberries. You have probably heard that blueberries are great super foods because they are powerfully full in antioxidants. But it doesn’t stop here although antioxidants are great these tiny blue fellas they have other great benefits for you.
Ity-Bity-Little Super Blue
Back in the days blueberries were know to be rich in antioxidants but after some studies and research their health benefits are stacking through the roof…and there aren’t many parts of your body that couldn’t benefit from a little extra blueberry touch. In just one cup of blueberries you will find less than 100 calories, high amounts of fiber, and one-quarter of your daily requirement for Vitamin C. So why aren’t you eating them?
Besides being loaded with vitamins and minerals, blueberries can also send a boost of nutrients specifically to make your brain healthy. Some scientist claim that blueberries maintain and restore a healthy nervous system, prevent the death of those much needed brain cells, which is the leading cause to health concerns like Alzheimers disease, and help you keep your memory sharp for a long time. This is the kind of brain power I need, I’m 23 and I forget almost everything
Do you want and eagle’s vision? Well then I don’t think I can help you with that but blueberries might be able to get you half way there. Besides helping your brain blueberries contain compounds called anthocyanosides and flavonoids. What’s that? These two are like sidekicks who help reduce vision loss, as well as prevent macular degeneration, myopia, and cataracts.
What do these do?
Macular – not being able to see things clearly.
Myopia – loss of focus to see things.
Cataracts – clouding of vision
We learned that blueberries have an important antioxidant called anthocyanins , which help benefit in cardiovascular health and prevent heart disease. Blueberries contain more anthocyanins then red wine, which was long thought to be a better source of defending against free radicals. Another thing that can benefit from a healthy heart due to blueberries are hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and peptic ulcers.
Beware of Too Much Super-ness
Ok well not really the blueberries themselves but how you eat them. Apparently the protein in milk depletes the antioxidant power of the acids contained in blueberries. One study suggested that you eat blueberries one hour before or two after drinking milk. So eating blueberries with your cereals may not be the best thing to do, nutritiously speaking of course. Instead eat them as a mid-day snack or mixed in a fruit salad.
Now you can’t always expect wonders from everything. Blueberries contain oxalates, which can become concentrated and crystallize, creating some concern for those with a tendency for gallstones or kidney stones. This doesn’t mean you can’t eat them just portion it to a cup or two a day and pay attention to any allergies or other health concerns before indulging. But, for the vast majority, blueberries offer a wealth of nutrients that will benefit our health and well-being. Plus blueberries have some heavy molecules which can help prevent urinary tract infections by washing away harmful bacteria.
How to Select and Enjoy These Super Blues
With so many health factors coming from this tiny blue fruit, the question is not whether to eat blueberries, but how to eat and buy them. Which means they need to look the best to be the best, there fore you need to chose the ones that are firm and uniform in color.
If you get the watery ones these will spoil faster, so they need to be kept in dry containers in the refrigerator. Fr this reason you will want to wash and dry them thoroughly right after you buy them.
Lets say your stores don’t have the nice tasty looking blueberries, go ahead and buy the frozen ones. Blueberries freeze nicely and can me bought whole or smashed. Just make sure that you thaw them before they are added to a salad or eaten like a snack. If you use them too cook you can go right ahead and throw them in frozen just make sure to adjust your cooking time slightly.
Blueberries can be found in almost every kind of recipe. Anything from breakfast to breads, salads to sauces, and desserts to drinks so you can enjoy them from morning to night. Even without a cookbook around you can enjoy them as a natural snack. You can eat them when your craving some sweets or freeze them and enjoy them on a hot sunny day.
If you are looking for an easy super food that is loaded with not only nutrition, but also flavor and versatility, then get to know these blue beautiful berry. It makes the perfect snack, dessert, and goes great with other dishes. You can purchase ready-to-eat products like Blueberry puree or Blueberry tea. Blueberries should definitely earn a place in your kitchen and you healthy diet. I know they earned a dent in my husbands wallet
What is your favorite super food? Go ahead and comment below.