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Blueberries have been on the scene for an estimated 13,000 years! The are native to North America and were used year round by the native Americans who called them “star berries”. These native Americans would eat them raw, dry them, use them in soups and stews and sprinkle their powder on meat as a preservative. They even gave blueberries to pilgrims to help them make it through their first winter.
Something else that makes them cool: blueberries are the only blue food!
Blueberries have long been known for their medicinal properties.Some studies suggest that they help to lower bad cholesterol and keep our blood fat and sugar levels balanced. This makes them a great heart food and possible aid for those with type 2 diabetes. Blueberries also help to improve memory and are a great energy booster when you are feeling lethargic.
Thanks to their anthocyanins (a powerful antioxidant), blueberries have been shown to lower blood pressure and possibly speed up metabolism. They are a great source of phytonutrients and are recommended for cancer prevention. Antioxidant rich foods like blueberries may also help to alleviate stress to the body caused by radiation. There is also evidence suggesting they may be a good food for those with PTSD.
10 Ways To Enjoy Blueberries (As If You Need Any Help!)
#1 Blueberries are fantastic when eaten raw. Learn how to grow your own blueberries here.
#2 Blueberries make an excellent addition to any parfait. I was particularly impressed with these Blueberry Pie Yogurt Parfaits.
#3 Blueberries. Smoothies. Need I say more?
#4 Add fresh blueberries to your juice recipes.
#5 Try this mix for a delightful spring salad: spinach, arugula, romaine lettuce, sunflower seeds, green peppers, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries and homemade honey-mustard dressing.
#6 Blueberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam. Doesn’t get better than this, peeps. Chia seeds naturally absorb water and thicken blueberries into a perfect spreadable jam.
#7 Make pancakes much more delicious by adding blueberries and walnuts.
#10 Too many blueberries to eat? Try freezing them. Some say through freezing blueberries their antioxidants become more potent.
For more ideas on healthy ways to use blueberries, be sure to check out this article on Greatist.