blueberry ice smoothie
Great for breakfast or, in fact, at any time of the day.
Put four large handfuls of frozen blueberries into a blender and blend with 2 tablespoons (30ml) of natural yogurt and a few dashes of apple juice.
Why are blueberries so good for you?
Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants called proanthocyanidins. These potent chemicals are protective in their own right against the ravages of ageing caused by oxidant damage but they also help increase the potency of vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant. Proanthocyanidins are said to have an antioxidant activity about 50 times stronger than vitamin C. They also help strengthen capillaries, the tiny blood vessels that feed the skin and other extremities, making sure all parts of the body get sufficient oxygen and vital nutrients. Their antioxidant qualities have been shown also to help protect our cellular support structure, collagen, from free radical damage. Blueberries are also a good source of fibre, needed to keep the bowels clear.