Welcome to blueberry season and all the deliciousness that comes with it.
This fruit is very versatile, as it can be eaten fresh, frozen, added to a variety of baked goods, and made into juice, jams, and jellies.
They offer a variety of health benefits and are often referred to as a superfood.
Benefits of blueberries include:
- Low glycemic index, so unlikely to cause major spikes in blood sugar.
- Low in calories and fat and offer a good amount of fiber.
- Good source of several vitamins and minerals.
- Potent antioxidants concentrated in the skin are responsible for many of their health benefits.
- May decrease risk of heart disease, boost brain health, lower blood sugar levels, and improve insulin sensitivity.
If you haven’t yet enjoyed this season’s berries, now is the time.
They’re great all by themselves, added to fruit salad, smoothies, and even added to a tossed green salad for a refreshing change.
I like to add them to oatmeal and pancakes. Perhaps there are some gluten free blueberry muffins in my future. I’ll have to work on a recipe—and share it, of course.
Blueberries are the perfect fruit to include in a healthy eating plan.
Savor the flavors
One tip to help you eat less and not feel deprived is to truly SAVOR your food. This is best accomplished with minimal distractions (like not watching television or checking your phone) and enjoying the company of those you’re sharing the meal with.
Most people get into trouble when they’re not paying attention to what and how much they’re eating. Example: watching TV and suddenly noticing that an entire bag of chips or cookies has disappeared. Oops.
Taking this one simple action of savoring your food may help you eat a bit less, which could ultimately result in some weight loss.
Now that’s sweet and savory.
Blessings and savory blueberries,
“They would think she was savoring the taste (blueberries, cinnamon, cream-excellent), but she was actually savoring the whole morning, trying to catch it, pin it down, keep it safe before all those precious moments became yet another memory.”—Liane Moriarty