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Improve your vision with blueberries

Blueberry Crush Smoothie
Blueberry Crush Smoothie
Julie Wanner, CMA, AS, FIFHI Certified, Author of "Diabetes Can Be Sweet...Once You Bury It."

Blueberries are native to North America and contain antioxidant anthocyanins, which will strengthen blood capillaries and increase circulation. In addition, blueberries are packed full of nutrients that the eyes need. Therefore, this fruit can improve your vision while at the same time protect against strokes and heart disease. Since people with diabetes, have an increase risk for vision challenges, strokes, and heart disease they will want to include blueberries in their diet. Did you know that blueberries even prevent the development of cancer?

People with diabetes that eat raw blueberries will receive the most health benefits. Did you know that blueberries contain tannins which will fight the bad bacteria that cause painful urinary tract infections? Yes and no one wants to experience an excruciating UTI. This juicy blueberry contains vitamins B2, C, E, folate, beta-carotene; antioxidants anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Blueberries fight inflammation due to how rich they’re in tannins.

Since blueberries do contain sugar, you’ll need to watch your portions. It’s best to eat them raw when you need to raise your blood sugar not when your blood sugar is high. What’s so wonderful with raw blueberries is that you can eat them alone as a snack or in a breakfast smoothie with almond milk. Also, you can combine them with plain bio-yoghurt and sprinkle a few nuts on top. Just be creative and you’ll come up with a delicious blueberry recipe.

What could be better than to enjoy your juicy blueberries while your body reaps all of these superb health benefits?

It’s still sizzling hot and humid in Hawaii. Here’s a perfect way to cool off with a blueberry crush smoothie. Pull your blender out of your kitchen cabinet and follow the recipe below.

Add 3 cups of fresh raw blueberries
1 cup of plain bio-yoghurt
Add 4 cubes of ice to the blueberries and plain bio-yoghurt in the blender. Blend until smooth. Serve cold immediately. Enjoy!

Have a sweet blueberry day!

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