6/11/10

Hidden Healthy Hit: Blueberries

When thinking of summertime in Texas, the first word that probably comes to mind is hot. While the changing of the seasons definitely brings warmer temperatures, it also provides for more fresh, fully-ripened fruits.  What makes for a better summer fruit than fresh, juicy blueberries? Toss them into yogurt, oatmeal, or cereal in the morning for breakfast, or enjoy them alone as a midday snack.  Also, for a rich decadent dessert whip up a blueberry pie or bake them into warm blueberry muffins.  In addition to being delicious, here a few facts about blueberries that also make them super healthy food:
  • They are low in calories but packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, and fiber
  • Blueberries have a NuVal score of 99
  • Anthocyanidins, a phytonutrient found in blueberries, help to prevent free radical damage, making blueberries a super food for cancer prevention
  • Other health benefits of blueberries include:
    • Cardiovascular disease prevention
    • Decrease the risk of Macular Degeneration
    • Increased mental acuity and learning capacity
    • Protection against ovarian and colon cancer
Blueberries are in season from May until October and are on sale right now at Market Street  for $1.99 for a Full Pint Package

Guest Blogger Lindsey Mazanec is a dietetic intern at Texas Woman's Univeristy in Denton, TX.  In addition to pursuing her Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition, Lindsey is a personal trainer and intends get her certification as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) to ultimately work with athletes, as well as recreation exercisers, to meet their health and fitness goals through proper nutrition. 

1 comment :

  1. Wow I didn't know blue berries were so good for you! I will definitely pick up some next time I'm at Market Street!

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