Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant powers amongst all fruits and vegetables. The blueberry’s antioxidant properties support whole body functions and are essential in optimizing the body’s health. Blueberries also contain ample amounts of vitamin C and vitamin K1, fiber, and manganese. Blueberries can be incorporated into your diet in a variety of different ways, such as smoothies, baked into food, or just eaten raw.
Whether it is just a handful of blueberries on the run or a delicious blueberry smoothie the health benefits listed below make this a very powerful fruit!
Some of the health benefits of blueberries:
- Weight loss (specifically belly fat)
- Reduces inflammation
- Fights cancer
- Improves your mood
- Helps lower your blood sugar
- Fights heart disease
- Healthy digestion
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Anti-aging: Blueberries neutralize free radicals to help with aging.
- Brain Power: Blueberries help prevent memory loss and help maintain motor skills
- Eyesight: Blueberries contain high amounts of Vitamin A to help prevent loss of eyesight.
- Healthy bones: The manganese found in blueberries helps develop healthy bones.
Quinoa Blueberry Muffins
On the stove, bring ½ cup of quinoa to a simmer, then reduce to low and cover for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and grease the muffin pan with a dab of olive oil. Combine 1 ¼ cups flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and ½ teaspoon salt in a large bowl and mix with quinoa until mixed well. Whisk together ½ cup low-fat yogurt, ½ cup agave nectar, ¼ cup oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 egg in another bowl, then add this mixture little by little to the flour mixture and mix well. Fold in 1 cup of fresh blueberries, then pour the batter into the muffin pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let muffins cool partially in pan before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.