Blueberries. Blueberries. Blueberries. Though rather small, they deliver quite a big flavor, and an even bigger health punch. That’s because blueberries contain more antioxidants than any fresh fruit on earth, and are packed with incredible amounts of phytonutrients, fiber, and vitamin C. Any superfood THIS nutritious and delicious that does SO many amazing things for your body, just HAD to be included in Shakeology®!
Why are blueberries so healthy?
They’re king of antioxidants.
Everyone’s heard of antioxidants, and word on the street is that if you want to be healthy, you need to eat food that’s loaded with them. But why? Well, antioxidants neutralize molecules known as free radicals. A free radical is bad because as an unstable molecule with an odd number of electrons in its outer shell, it’s always looking to attack neighboring stable molecules to steal an electron. And then the chain reaction of molecular thievery begins, creating lots and lots of other free radicals.
In nonscience speak: Free radicals = bad. Antioxidants = good. Blueberries contain a ton of antioxidants, so they’re INCREDIBLY GOOD!
- Rich in flavonoids—a powerful phytonutrient – The blue pigments in “blue” berries belong to a family of compounds called anthocyanins, of which blueberries contain at around 25 different types. And anthocyanins are part of an even larger family of compounds called flavonoids. When we eat foods rich in flavonoids, they help protect our cells from excessive damage caused by oxidation. Remember, too much oxidation is what destroys healthy cells (think rust on a car).
Researchers compared the antioxidant potential of blueberries to 20 other fruits and the blueberry was awarded the blue ribbon. Coincidence? Blue fruit wins blue ribbon. Hmmmm…guess blue really does mean #1.
- Full of fiber – Eating a fiber-rich diet is important for quite a few reasons. For one, fiber makes you feel full. And two, it keeps the body regular. And since blueberries are packed with fiber, again, they win a blue ribbon from us.
- Super source of vitamin C. – According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one serving of blueberries delivers almost 25% of the recommended daily requirement. Vitamin C is important because it’s known to promote a strong immune system. And a strong one of those means fewer colds and ailments. And who likes feeling under the weather? The more the berrier.
So there you have it, a few reasons why you might want to incorporate blueberries into your diet. And if you’re drinking Shakeology daily, you’re already getting a generous supply of this powerful little fruit. But if you want to double dip on its health benefits, here are some delicious Shakeology recipes with a little extra blue stuff.
SHAKEOLOGY RECIPES WITH BLUEBERRIES
(Remember, adding ice makes it thick and frosty.)
1 scoop Strawberry or Tropical Strawberry Vegan Shakeology
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup blueberries
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
½ cup water
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup blueberries
4 fresh basil leaves
Dark Blue Moon
1 scoop Chocolate or Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
1 cup blueberries
1 cup water
1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
¼ cup blueberries
½ cup blackberries
½ cup raspberries
½ cup cranberry juice
½ cup water