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Did you know eating a cup [approximately 150g] of blueberries a day reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease by up to 15 per cent? Now you know! And that’s just one of their many benefits.
According to Alanna Waldron, a New York City based RD and wellness coach for New York Presbyterian at Columbia University Medical Center, a cup of blueberries contains barely 70 calories with 24 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C, which may help your hair shine and your skin glow. Cool, huh?
But what’s cooler is that their blue color comes from the plant compound called anthocyanin -containing antioxidant properties (flavonoids) as well- which can help prevent disease too. One too many benefits to count, I’d say!
And there’s more, this superfood has also been tied to improved memory. What?! Raise your hand if you wouldn’t mind a little bit more of ‘remembering errands’!
Several studies also suggest that blueberries reduce DNA damage, which is known to be the leading cause of aging and cancer. I’m now seriously getting out of bed and going to the farmer’s market to get some of this. I’ll live forever like the Oasis song [kudos to the old souls who got the musical reference xD]
So, to make it easy, simple and fast to absorb all the nutrients and fast track to a better, healthier version of you, we’ll just put this Blueberry Smoothie recipe over here and leave slowly.
Smoothies can be a great option for an easy, nutritious breakfast, an afternoon snack or a delicious late-night dessert. This Blueberry Smoothie offers protein from Greek yogurt, plenty of antioxidants from the blueberries, and all that for just 280 calories. Isn’t that a pretty good deal?
Here is what you’ll need:
1/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
2 tsp ground flax seed
1 frozen ripe banana sliced
2 cups blueberries fresh or frozen
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp maple syrup or to taste
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
And the easiest instructions ever:
Add everything to a blender and process until smooth. Divide between two tall glasses and voilà! Smoothie for you and your late night cravings.