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Red, White, and Blueberries

Did you know that there are three holidays in the month of July devoted to blueberries? For starters, you have #NationalBlueberryDay, seemingly significant. Only two days later, the calendars get marked for #PickBlueberriesDay. Then, the very next day, we are blessed with #NationalBlueberryMuffinsDay. While the second one isn’t technically a national holiday, we’re going to count it. What better excuse to talk about how awesome blueberries are for you?

National Blueberry Day

Thanks to Healthline and a variety of other websites, we can give you the facts you need to start incorporating blueberries into your daily diet! While blueberries are low in calories, they are super high in nutrients! This means that one cup of blueberries contains tons of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, manganese, and smaller amounts of other nutrients. If you didn’t already know – it is really easy to eat a cup of blueberries. Blueberries are also 85% water, which contributes to their low-calorie nutrition.

While we’re on the subject of nutrition, let’s talk about antioxidants. What are antioxidants? They are a pretty common buzzword these days. To put it simply, antioxidants help stop the process of oxidization, which prevents the formation of free radicals. Free radicals can cause many health problems, including eye degeneration, premature aging, arthritis, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Antioxidants aren’t miracle workers by any means, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make an effort to insert more into our diets!

We all have DNA, and tens of thousands of times per day, our DNA is being damaged. It’s how we grow older, but it can also aid in the development of diseases, some even terminal. As mentioned before, the antioxidants in blueberries can help combat this DNA damage but neutralizing the free radicals in their tracks. Other health benefits of blueberries range from heart disease prevention to brain function maintenance, to anti-diabetic effects. If anything, it’s clear that blueberries are nature’s nutrient! Healthline said it best: “The fact that they are sweet, colorful, and can be enjoyed both fresh and frozen, is just a tasty bonus.”

blueberries – Red, White, and Blueberries

Pick Blueberries Day

While the obvious benefit of picking blueberries is the fact that you will get to eventually eat them, it can be a great mental exercise! The therapeutic style of the task is sure to knock your stress right out. Does it really require a special day to itself? Turns out, 90% of the world’s blueberries come from North America alone, and July is when the magic happens. If you can’t find somewhere to pick your own blueberries, consider buying some from local growers and supporting local businesses! Farmers Markets in the area will most likely be teeming with fresh crops in the coming weeks. If you are interested in picking your own, check out Pick Your Own and find farms in your region.

 National Blueberry Muffins Day

While blueberry muffins (muffins, in general) aren’t the healthiest use of such a nutritious food like blueberries, there are some lower-calorie ways of making the best out of a delicious holiday.

Best 100-Calorie Blueberry Muffins

Skinny Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Applesauce Muffins

All in all, blueberries should never be bypassed in the store. Stocking up can help your diet, short- and long-term. They can help prevent seemingly inevitable diseases, increase our nutrient count, counter illnesses like diabetes, and, let’s face it, they taste amazing.

 

–Madeline Kelly, Digital Communications Coordinator

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