The perfect blueberry should be “dusty” in colour, but don’t wash that “dust” off until you’re ready to dig in. Rinsing softens blueberries, quickly spoiling them.
Blueberries bring you the brightest ray of hope for fighting wrinkles thanks to their vitamin C content that works in our bodies as an antioxidant to help prevent damage caused by the sun, pollution and smoke.
This fruit, used as a natural food dye, contains a type of flavonoid known as anthocyanin that are responsible for giving foods like blueberries, cranberries, red cabbage and eggplants their iconic deep red, purple and blue hues. Anthocyanins are responsible for more than just the blueberry’s pretty blue colour – they also contribute to the popular fruit’s numerous health benefits.
The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K in blueberries all contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength.
Maintaining a low sodium intake is essential to reducing blood pressure. Blueberries are naturally free of sodium and contain potassium, calcium, and magnesium, all of which have been found to decrease blood pressure naturally.
The blueberry’s fibre, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and phytonutrient content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health. The fibre in blueberries helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease.
Vitamin C, vitamin A and various phytonutrients in blueberries function as powerful antioxidants that help protect cells against free radical damage.
The antioxidants in this favourite summer treat help to improve brain function and delay age-related decline.
Several studies have shown that blueberries have anti-diabetic effects, helping to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels.
Enjoy our fresh fruit salad (pictured above) from the Grab n Go fridge at Juiced @ The Wicket and the Market.
BRASSERIE FRUIT SALAD
Cut the melon into bite-size chunks and combine with the berries for a wholesome breakfast or mid-morning snack.