There is a lot of talk about blueberries and while I am absolutely crazy about them, they don’t top my chart in terms of nutrient density. According to the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, these little blue superstars did not place first. So what did? Coming ahead of the rest is a little fruit that packs a punch but is often used as a garnish. It is knowns as a:
LEMON – Lemons are high in vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. They are also rich in citrus limonoids, another antioxidant, that has been shown to disarm cancer cells as well as the citrus flavonoid naringenin, a potent free-radical scavenger and anti-inflammatory.
Next on my list are STRAWBERRIES – Strawberries are another antioxidant, they taste great, are heart protectors and aid in fat loss. Enjoy them in a morning smoothie or dip them in the best quality dark chocolate you can find. Don’t forget to eat the green stems, known as hulls, because these forgotten beauties are hugely nutritious.
Number three on my list, which is a close second or first because they grow all around me, are BLACKBERRIES. Blackberries are awesome and the darker the color the sweeter the benefits. Sky-high in vitamin K, blackberries offer phytonutrients that help clot blood and keep bones healthy. They also contain the antioxidant lutein, which supports eye health. Blackberries are one of the best high-fiber foods for weight loss and they taste so yummy. Eat them straight off the bush, add them to homemade granola or blend them into coconut flour pancakes.
Blueberries are still great to eat with many inherent benefits, especially if you are as crazy about their flavor as I am and if you go for wild bluebs then this would make the top of my list as they have more antioxidants.
Enjoy my other recommendations for a full spectrum of tantalizing nutrients. Be sure to purchase organically grown fruit, preferably direct from the farmer unless you grow your own. Eat up and know that you are doing your body good.