What are the health benefits?
Despite being small, blueberries are incredibly nutrient-dense and high in fiber. They have one of the highest antioxidant levels of fruits and vegetables, and are composed mainly of flavonoid antioxidants. Along with the other free radical-fighting antioxidants, flavonoids are associated with anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties as well as can help fight against cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Studies suggest just one cup of blueberries a day can help reduce blood pressure, heart disease, and even have anti-diabetes effects by lowering blood sugar levels!
How to thaw:
To defrost frozen blueberries and other berries, simply place the desired amount in a resealable plastic bag and place in your refrigerator overnight. If you didn’t prepare in advance, simply place the desired amount of berries in a bowl and cover with cold water for 5 minutes. If the berries are still slightly frozen, drain the water and then add more cold water and let them sit for another 5 minutes.
Quick and Easy Recipe
Blueberry and Walnut Topped Plain Yogurt
This energy-packed recipe is a perfect way to start the day – the plain Greek yogurt provides an ample amount of protein and healthy probiotics, while blueberries and walnuts provide antioxidants and support a healthy weight by helping you feel fuller for longer. Plus, blueberries provide a natural sweetness, making this recipe a great alternative to sugar-packed fruit yogurt!
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 oz. (approximately 1 handful) of walnuts
- Scoop yogurt into a bowl. Top with blueberries and walnuts and enjoy!