July is National Blueberry Month!

July is National Blueberry Month! 

Celebrate this month by learning more about the health benefits of eating blueberries, and check out some of the fun ideas on how to incorporate them into your diet.

5 health benefits* of blueberries (serving size – 1 cup):

  • They are low in fat and contain only 80 calories (practically zero fat).
  • One serving contains about 14% of the daily recommended dose of fiber and almost 25% of vitamin C.
  • They are high in antioxidants (vitamins, minerals & other nutrients), which can help “protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals” (source: webmd.com).
  • They can help to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation.
  • They are an excellent source of manganese, which helps with bone development and the conversion of carbs, fats and proteins into energy.

5 ways to add blueberries to your diet:

  • Add them to homemade pancakes and waffles.  They can be used as a topping or incorporate them directly into the pancake/waffle batter.
  • Use them as a topping for desserts; they’re great on mini cheesecakes, a bowl of ice cream or frozen yogurt.  They can also be used for homemade popsicles!
  • Make a mixed-berry smoothie or try this recipe for Pink Blueberry Lemonade.
  • Enjoy them alone or in a mixed-fruit bowl.  They’re a great, healthy and quick snack for both children and adults (note: blueberries can stain clothing).
  • Try adding them to a green salad along with cucumbers, feta and white balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

 

For tips on how to buy, store, and freeze blueberries, visit calblueberry.org.  For more recipe ideas, check out marthastewart.com.

 

*Information sources: webmd.com and blueberrycouncil.org.