July is Blueberry season!

19 Jul

Captura de pantalla 2013-07-18 a la(s) 22.49.13There’s nothing quite like bringing home fresh berries in the summer, maybe that’s why someone felt that blueberries needed their own month to celebrate.

There are plenty of reasons why blueberries are a great choice to include in your diet now and throughout the rest of the year. In addition to their great taste, blueberries are excellent sources of fiber and vitamins.

In the last five years, there have been a few interesting studies to further support the health benefits of blueberries:

In one of the studies, evidence shows that a diet rich in blueberries can improve memory. After 12 weeks of daily blueberry consumption, older adults showed improvement on two different tests of cognitive function, including memory. The authors of this study suggest that the results indicate that blueberries could be beneficial not only for improvement of memory, but for slowing down or postponing the onset of other cognitive problems that occur with aging.

The second study found that by including blueberries as a part of a daily low-glycemic diet that this has a favorable impact on the blood sugar regulation in people with type 2 diabetes. And by adding physical activity, over a 3 month period these people saw significant improvements in their A1C levels.

If taste alone weren’t enough, blueberries truly are a “super food”!  As you enjoy the summer, try adding this Very Berry Salsa to your menu:

Very Berry Salsa

4 cups apples, finely diced
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries, diced
1 cup raspberries, halved
1 cup blackberries, halved
1 tablespoon fruit preserves (any flavor)
½ tablespoon sugar
½ tablespoon brown sugar

In a large bowl, combine apples, and berries. In a small bowl, mix together preserves and sugars until well blended. Pour preserve mixture over fruit and toss to coat. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Yields: 32, 2 ounce servings. Nutrition facts: 20 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol. 0 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 0 g protein.

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