Blueberry Nutrition in a Candy World
I watched a lot of television and movies growing up, but one movie I did not see was Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory until I was in my 20s. Shocked? I know, most of my friends were! This is a classic movie, especially for a chocolate fiend like myself. When I was a kid, I adored candy. I remember my mom would take us for breakfast at this local “greasy” spoon, The Garden Grill, and in the front they had a counter selling all sorts of magnificent candy. My choice was candy cigarettes…remember those? It was gum shaped like a cigarette. Of course, back then I didn’t realize how they were promoting smoking to me, a precious little 6 year old! It does bring back fond memories. Nowadays, my tastes run to a healthier fare such as antioxidant rich dark chocolate. But when I first watched Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, I was in amazement at one scene in particular, since I’ve had a love affair with gum since my adolescent days. Do you know which scene I‘m speaking of? It’s the one where Violet sneaks a piece of Wonka’s blueberry bubble gum even though he warns her it’s not ready for consumption. She does it anyway and her result is she blows up like a blueberry! As she continues to expand, Wonka replies, “They all become blueberries…” Hilarious! I’m sure many of you grew up with this movie and still find it funny. (Don’t forget to check out the movie clip after you read the post!) You may be wondering, what the heck does this movie have to do with the post? Well… read on and find out.
Today’s post is about the versatile, nutrient dense, and tasty blueberry! I’ve always known about the incredible health benefits of blueberries and wanted to share it. I also discovered you can use them topically (keep reading to find out how) to get even more benefits from this spherical little fruit.
First, blueberries are one of the most nutritious fruits to eat and are high in antioxidants. And…what’s the big deal about antioxidants? Well, they eliminate the effects of free radicals and help maintain the skin’s youthfulness. Blueberries are low in calories yet high in nutrition. They contain life enhancing Vitamins C and E, fiber, and manganese. Blueberries literally are a powerhouse fruit in a tiny package. With phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, blueberries neutralize free radical damage to cells. While this is incredibly beneficial inside the body, when applied topically they can also have amazing benefits just make sure to choose organic. Why? Blueberries can be highly contaminated with pesticides. It might cost you a little more, but you’ll be healthier in the process. Here are a few more of blueberries health benefits:
- Helps protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
- Protects against colon and ovarian cancer
- Better elimination
- Boosts immune system
- Fantastic fitness food as it reduces belly fat
- Alleviates redness (tightens and protects capillaries)
Just in case you don’t feel like whipping up your own blueberry beauty mix, you can always look for products containing blueberries, such as 100% Pure’s Organic Blueberry Shower Gel. With this fantastic shower treat, you get all the blueberry benefits with none of the mess!
This kind of evidence as to the rich gifts blueberries give made me want to smear it all over my face! I immediately went to my local organic farmer’s market (which is right across the street from the beach, great excuse to go to the beach too!) and bought some blueberries. I used some to add to plain yogurt with a little stevia (yum!) and used the rest for my Blueberry Delight facial mask. This mask recipe is for people who love using food for beauty yet don’t want to spend 20 minutes mixing up a mask and searching for 10 ingredients. Here are the ingredients for the Blueberry Delight Antioxidant Facial Mask:
Blueberries (how’s that for maximum skin benefits with minimal ingredients?)
That’s it! And, you don’t need to put them in a blender or food processor because I found you get the most juice from just crushing them yourself. If you have a mortar and pestle it’s even better. Here’s what you do: Pour some blueberries in a bowl and crush with a spoon or better yet, your fingers (just make sure your hands are clean!) Apply to a clean, dry face. Yes, it will be a bit messy and you may have some blueberry skin dripping down your face….no one ever said beauty was pretty. Also if some drips into your mouth, that’s ok, go ahead and eat it. Leave it on for a few minutes.. but not too long or it’ll start feeling itchy. About 10 minutes will do. Then rinse and you’ ll be amazed at the results. Your skin will be glowy, soft, and smooth. Oh… don’t forget to moisturize! I am using this fabulous therapeutic essential oil serum right now (review coming soon!) Do this simple mask regularly and you should start seeing results.
Now you know some amazing blueberries health benefits. What an incredible, edible berry! Nothing is stopping you from reversing the hands of time….be sure to indulge in blueberries both internally and externally to maximize the benefits. Just thought of something….dark chocolate covered blueberries…..oh my….but that’s for another post….;-)
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