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All About Blueberries, Summer’s Healthiest Fruit!

By admin | June 30, 2011

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Choosing blueberries as summer snack is a no-brainer.  Not only are they delicious, but they have anti-aging compounds and are low calorie. They’re a perfect topping for yogurt and other desserts, making blueberries a great choice for every meal. So, grab a carton this summer and get snacking!

If you find yourself with a craving for blueberries, indulge yourself. In just one cup, there are only 80 calories and virtually no fat as well as nutritional benefits like being chock full of vitamin C. It’ll help keep your immune system healthy as well as your gums and capillaries happy and healthy. A handful of blueberries provides fiber, which helps your heart and keeps your cholesterol at a good level.

Blueberries are fairly easy to grow as long as you have a good amount of sun and rich soil. Keep them fully hydrated with water and make sure that the soil is moist but not soggy. It usually takes only several weeks for blueberries to fully ripen and when they’re ready to be picked just gently roll the berries between your thumb and forefinger to pick them off the plant. In no time you’ll have a whole crate of blueberries at your disposal!

Blueberries are a perfect addition to a kale, oat, and blueberry smoothie, or a summer fruit salad. If you’re looking for something more decadent, you can add them to chocolate truffles. If you are into baking, blueberries are also a classic ingredient for muffins. Blueberry picking is also a great way to get the whole family together and to get moving and healthy!

How do you like to eat your blueberries?

 

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