July is National Blueberry Month

Blueberries

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Blueberries are praised as a superfood, and for good reason! Blueberries are packed with vitamin C. 1 cup provides 25% of your daily value of this important nutrient. Vitamin C aids in wound healing and helps to keep your gums, capillaries, and immune system healthy. Blueberries are also an excellent source of fiber. Research shows that eating adequate fiber promotes regularity, reduces cholesterol, and reduces the rick of heart disease and colon cancer. Fiber also helps to keep you full, which can be helpful for weight maintenance.

Ever wonder what gives blueberries their color? These berries are packed with a category of phytonutrients that contains anthocyanins that give them their dark blue pigment. These antioxidant compounds are also responsible for the cancer-fighting properties of blueberries.

1 cup of blueberries has 85 calories, 3.5 grams of fiber, 24% DV Vitamin C

Blueberries are a great addition to any meal or snack! Enjoy the health benefits of blueberries by using them to naturally sweeten yogurt or oatmeal, toss them in a salad, add to a refreshing smoothie, or eat a handful as a quick snack.

Recipes using blueberries:
http://shewearsmanyhats.com/blueberry-smoothie-recipe
https://dashingdish.com/recipe/blueberry-cobbler-overnight-oatmeal http://www.itsyummi.com/patriotic-quinoa-salad
http://www.theroastedroot.net/broccoli-salad-blueberries-honey-toasted-walnuts
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2015/01/berry-avocado-quinoa-kale-salad-honey-lime-poppy-seed-dressing

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