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The blueberry is a very small fruit with big health benefits. This anti-oxidant packed fruit is not only delicious on its own or mixed in a cake or pie, it has important disease-fighting properties.

Your health can benefit by eating more tasty blueberries. Here’s why: The USDA ranked blueberries number 1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and veggies. Antioxidants play an important role in preventing cancer, heart disease and fighting the effects of aging. Blueberries are also a possible memory booster. They have been shown to slow age-related memory loss and improve concentration. These powerful berries are also a possible urinary tract infection fighter. Blueberries may also be a cholesterol reducer, containing compounds that may help lower cholesterol.

The best part about blueberries is that they are filling yet low-calorie which may help you shed pounds. 1 cup contains 83 calories, 1 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 1 mg sodium and 3.5 g fiber. The good news is that you only need ½ cup to count towards your daily fruit serving – so stock up!

Here are some ways to add a splash of blue to your day:

• Top oatmeal or cereal with fresh blueberries and vanilla soymilk.

• Stir frozen blueberries into yogurt for a mock frozen yogurt!

• Toss blueberries into your salad and sprinkle with feta for a unique addition.

• Skip the chocolate syrup and top off low-fat vanilla ice cream with a dose of healthy blueberries.

• Add dried blueberries to homemade trail mix. Try almonds, walnuts, dried blueberries and golden raisins.

• Toss frozen blueberries into muffins and quick breads.

• Give your next smoothie a blue hue by adding frozen blueberries and try blueberry juice instead of orange juice.

Start eating more blueberries. It’s one fruit you should learn to love.

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