Blueberries are the golden boy of the health and fitness world. So why not treat your Valentine’s Day date to a serving of these nutritious fruits this year? They are tasty and sweet plus they are a lot lighter than most other desserts which means they won’t leave you feeling bloated. In addition to this, blueberries are absolutely loaded with nutritional goodness. In this article I will be looking at exactly why blueberries are so healthy and examining the main nutrients they contain.
The anthocyanins are a group of health-boosting nutrients that can only be found in berries. They are responsible for many of the health-boosting properties associated with blueberries and can prevent painful inflammation, keep your body’s cells safe from oxygen-related damage and boost your blood. In addition to this, they may be able to protect against cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Blueberries are a top source of vitamin K. This essential vitamin is responsible for helping your wounds to heal. Without vitamin K your blood would not clot and your wounds would bleed continuously.
Manganese is another nutrient that blueberries contain high levels of. Its main role is to activate enzymes within the body which then allow it to perform various internal chemical reactions. Manganese also supports digestion, helps your body to fully utilize the nutrients in your food and keeps your blood glucose levels stable.
Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. This popular vitamin’s main function in the body is to assist in the production of the connective tissue collagen. It also strengthens the immune system, protects your body’s cells from oxidative damage and reduces the symptoms of the common cold. Some studies suggest that vitamin C might also be able to fight cancer.
Dietary fiber can be found in most fruits and blueberries are no exception to this rule. This plant-based nutrient supports good digestive health and can protect against bowel disease. Fiber may also prevent cancer and heart disease by removing harmful substances from the body.
Summary & Serving Suggestions
As you can see there are plenty of reasons to eat blueberries on Valentine’s Day. If you want to add a romantic twist try one of the serving suggestions below:
Chocolate Blueberries:- Melt some dark chocolate in a pan and then let it cool to a warm temperature. Before the chocolate re-solidifies add some blueberries to the pan and coat them in melted chocolate. Place these chocolate-coated blueberries in the fridge for about an hour until the chocolate hardens then bag them up and give them to your date as a surprise Valentine’s Day treat.
Heart-Shaped Blueberry Pancakes:- Cook up some pancakes in a heart-shaped frying pan using eggs, flour, milk, a small amount of sugar and blueberries as your ingredients. Once the pancakes are ready serve them to your date for a thoughtful treat.
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