Continuing on with easy changes to your health in the new year, one thing that can make a huge impact is switching your cheat snacks (like chocolate bars and chips) to eating more fruits and vegetables.
One fruit that everyone loves to snack on is undoubtedly the blueberry. Blueberries are not only a delicious treat, but they also contain many important health benefits:
Blueberries are high in antioxidants – we have stressed the importance of antioxidant in previous posts, commenting on how they are needed to boost your immune system, protect against free radicals and prevent against cancer. Blueberries contain a particular antioxidant, anthocyanin, which is responsible for all of these benefits.
They are essential to your digestive system – blueberries are high in fiber and nutrients which help reduce bloating, promote weight loss, and improve the digestive process.
Blueberries are a smart snack – not only are they high in nutrients and fiber, but they also have a high water content which is important for detoxification and hydration. Blueberries are also low in calories, making them a good snack to have without feeling like you are overindulging.
They have long term health benefits – multiple studies have shown that including more blueberries in your diet can actually aid in brain function and lower the risk of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Featured Recipe: NO-BAKE BLUEBERRY COCONUT BARS:
To make this delicious treat, start with the crust! In a food processor, add 1 cup of pitted dates, ½ C almonds, ½ C walnuts, 1 tbsp. coconut oil and ½ tbsp. honey, and blend. Line a small baking dish with parchment paper, pack down the crust and freeze for 1 hour.
While you are waiting, add 1 can coconut milk, 1 C blueberries, 2 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp. lemon juice to a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour onto the crust and let set in the freezer for 2-4 hours. Cut into squares and enjoy!