Just because Independence Day has passed, doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating SUMMER! Luckily, it’s National Blueberry Day and we’re here to tell you all the health benefits of this delicious and nutritious fruit!

THE POWER OF BLUE

Not only are blueberries packed with Vitamin C, which helps protect your skin, blood vessels, cartilage, and increase bone density, there is an antioxidant in them that helps reduce inflammation, and helps increase the strength of your immune system! This compound, called anthocyanin, is also responsible for their berry-blue color!

LET’S TALK NUTRITION

Since blueberries are low in calories, they’re often a favorite topping to cereal, oatmeal, pancakes or yogurt, and can help aid weight loss. One cup of blueberries provides nearly 25% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C! One cup of blueberries provides 3.6 grams of dietary fiber as well – while also providing calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium! With all that packed inside those tiny blue fruits, what’s not to love about them?

BLEND THEM UP!

So what’s our favorite way to incorporate blueberries into your diet? SMOOTHIES of course! Check out these three blueberry infused smoothies we found to keep you cool on a summer day! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups (fresh or frozen) blueberries
  • 1 ½ cup apple juice (white grape juice, or dairy milk/milk substitutes can also work)
  • 1 banana
  • ¾ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Fresh blueberries and mint for garnish

View the full recipe here! (Dinner At the Zoo)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 8 ounce container of plain yogurt
  • ¾ cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

View the full recipe here! (AllRecipes)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 ½ cup frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons maple syrup if desired

View the full recipe here! (Cookie + Kate)


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