At first blush you may shrug and say ‘Really?’ Trust us when we say blueberries are a nutritional powerhouse and incredibly hydrating to boot. What’s that mean? The hydration you receive from blueberries, due to the high water content, helps keep your skin moisturized which results in you looking better and younger. Perhaps more impressively, research has shown that the flavonoids in blueberries are closely associated with preserving memory function – something nearly everyone can agree is instrumental in maintaining quality of life.
Incorporate more blueberries into your diet with the following recipes:
1. Blueberry Smoothie
An easy way to pack a ton of nutrients into your breakfast (or any on-the-go meal) is a smoothie. By blending together your favorite fruits, vegetables, and seeds, you’ll be refreshed and energized for the day. The best part about smoothies is that you can tweak the recipe based on your likes and dislikes. Find the recipe here.
2. Blueberry Energy Bites
Incorporating sunflower seed butter with blueberries and cashews, these energy bites are sure to leave you satisfied and full of energy. While they do take a bit of preparation, you don’t have to bake them. These are another convenient and healthy on-the-go option. Find the full recipe here.
3. Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
While this might sound a bit unusual, this barbecue sauce is a healthier alternative to the traditional store-bought version. This is a great addition to your wings, ribs, and all things barbecue. Find the recipe here.
4. Blueberry Chia Seed Bowl
What better way to combine all of your favorite ingredients than in a smoothie bowl? Somewhat similar to a smoothie, a smoothie bowl typically has more dry ingredients that sit over a smoothie base made with almond milk, fruit, and powder if you choose. Find the full recipe here.
5. Blueberry Muffins
Depending on the ingredients, muffins can be quite the indulgence. We found this recipe that combines healthier ingredients (when compared to the traditional muffin) so that you can enjoy without feeling as guilty. Some substitutions include whole wheat or gluten free flour, coconut oil, nonfat yogurt, and honey. Find the full recipe here.