Blueberries – Ingredient of the week!

Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits to eat, they are also one of the most nutrient dense berries! They are little pockets of sweetness that burst in your mouth and taste like heaven which is a very good thing as the are often labeled a ‘superfood.’

They are the perfect snack on the go or addition to your breakfast porridge, yoghurt or smoothie! Low in calorie, high in nutrients and fibre, what’s not to love? There are so many great reasons to enjoy blueberries. I have outlined my top 3 benefits of including these in your diet below –

  1. Combat ageing: Blueberries are packed full of antioxidants which help neutralise damage done by toxins and free radicals. Consuming blueberries regularly can help support your collagen production keeping skin hydrated and firm – um yes please!!
  1. Great source of Vitamin C – Blueberries contain an array of vitamins and minerals however they are mostly common for their Vitamin C content. Vitamin C is vital for a healthy immune system to prevent any infections, to help build and repair cartilage, bones and teeth as well as healing wounds and forming scar tissue!
  1. Reduce muscle damage – If you are exercising regularly and have muscle soreness or fatigue, blueberries may help to reduce the damage that occurs at the molecular level to help minimize soreness. Consume a handful of blueberries post workout or better yet include them in your smoothie!

So next time you are in the supermarket, grab some blueberries to snack on the way home or even buy a large bag of frozen blueberries to keep in your freezer – whatever you do, do not leave the produce aisle without berries in your shopping trolley. Head over to my recipes and make my vanilla, blueberry protein slice!

Let me know how you incorporate blueberries into your diet?!

L Xx

 

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