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The Many Benefits of Blueberries
The Many Benefits of Blueberries
Blueberries are often known as a super fruit due to its high concentration of antioxidants. They are a rich source of phytonutrients, and they contain a significant amount of the antioxidant anthocyanadins that possess great nutritional value.
Many people put blueberries in their muffins and cakes, but the best way to take advantage of their nutritional benefits is by eating a cup of fresh blueberries every morning.
Prior to eating blueberries, wash them briefly to prevent removal of the protective ashen layer of the berry. While, organic blueberries are free from production chemicals, it’s best to give them a rinse as well because of handling during transit and stocking.
Blueberries for Brain Health
Blueberries are natural brain food and can help in reversing short-term memory loss and other symptoms associated with aging. The antioxidants help with motor skills.
Anti-Aging and Blueberries
The antioxidants in blueberries come to your rescue, preventing early aging and protecting you against diseases like cancer and chronic heart disease. The antioxidants prevent cell damage by neutralizing the radicals and helping keep diseases at bay. Blueberries also prevent inflammation that is a known cause of aging diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease and brain aging.
Blueberries and Eyesight
Just like carrots, blueberries provide an excellent source of vitamin A. Blueberries are known to prevent vision loss due to aging. In fact, the British Air Force during World War 2 claimed to eat blueberries to enhance night vision and quicker adjustment to darkness.
A bowl of blueberries can give almost five times more benefits than a bowl of apple wedges. A diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables is a healthy way to manage weight, control diabetes and prevent cancer. Packed with antioxidants and a low calorie count, blueberries are nutrient-rich choice for a healthier life.
Blueberry Bliss Breakfast Bars
- 1 + 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup whole almonds
- Heaping 1/2 cup dried blueberries
- 1/2 cup pistachios
- 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/3 cup walnuts
- 1/3 cup pepitas
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 cup almond butter
Serving: Makes 16 bars
Substitute any nut/seed of choice or dried fruit as desired. Sliced apricot, cranberries, cherries, dates & fig are all delicious here.
Line an 8″x 8″ (or so) baking pan with parchment or wax paper such that the paper hangs over the edges (the pan I used is 7″ x 10″).
Combine the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine.
Add maple syrup or honey and apple sauce and mix to combine.
Add almond butter to mixture and mix until combined.
Place batter in prepared pan pressing down firmly with palm of hands (or mini-roller if you have one) and distributing as evenly as possible.
Allow pan to sit in freezer for approximately 1 hour.
Remove pan from freezer. Lift singular slab from pan by lifting up on paper. Set slab down and gently peel paper away. Slice slab diagonally into 8 long bars and then cut each long bar in half to create a total of 16 bars. I find these bars keep best in a sealed container/bag in the freezer.
Contact Dr. Linda at 773-385-9432 for more tips on healthy snacking.
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