Aneisha Andrus | 7/5/2017 5:30:13 PM
Did you know? July is National Blueberry Month. Like many Americans, I absolutely love incorporating blueberries in pancakes, yogurt, oatmeal, salads, and even water.
They are the perfect ingredient for a guilt-free indulgence. In fact, watermelon only contains 80 calories per cup.
So why are blueberries so important? According to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBS), blueberries are low in fat and sodium and is an excellent source of Vitamin C (necessary for growth and development of tissues and promotes wound healing) and Manganese (helps the body process cholesterol and nutrients such as carbohydrates and protein).
Blueberries is also good source of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber may reduce the risk of heart disease and adds bulk to your diet, which may help you feel full faster.
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (2017). Health Benefits of Blueberries. Retrieved from http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/blueberry-nutritio...
So, take advantage of peak domestic season and celebrate this wonderful little berry by incorporating blueberries in your favorite family recipes. Here is a recipe to get you started.
Blueberry Paradise Smoothie
1 Large Banana, slices
1.5 Cups Pineapple, cut into chunks
1 cup of Blueberries
1 cup Almond Milk
Combine pineapple, banana, almond milk and blueberries in blender. Cover; blend until thick and smooth. Serve immediately.
Recipe Provided by Dole
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture