The blueberries have a wide range of health benefits. They are low in calories but high in nutrients, can lower blood pressure, and they have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits. Which is why a eat blueberries with my waffles, pancakes and oatmeal.
Now i can add cookies to my list, and you can too. These are one of my absolute favorites. I eat them after breakfast, after lunch and after dinner. They are that good. Let’s go over on how to make these amazing and healthy blueberry cookies.
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 tsp corn starch
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 oz. small chunks of white chocolate
- ¾ cup blueberries
For The Filling:
- 2.5 oz. cream cheese
- 1 tbsp powdered sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 3-4 tbsp blueberry jam
Stir all the dry ingredients (flour, corn starch, salt and baking powder) in a small bowl, and set aside. Mix the cream butter and sugar on high speed until they become light and creamy, and then add the egg and vanilla and mix to combine. Now turn your mixer on low, mix in the dry ingredients. Next, drop about ¾ of white chocolate chunks and the blueberries. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
For the filling, combine the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar and mix. Now it’s time for the baking. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
For the cookies, scoop one heaping tbsp of dough and make a deep bowl. Fill with 1 tsp of cream cheese mixture and about ¾ tsp of blueberry jam. Top with ½ tbsp of cookie dough and seal any openings. Roll to make a ball. The rest of the white chocolate chunks put it on top and sides of each cookie. Before baking, freeze the cookie balls for 10-15 minutes.
Place the cookie balls onto the baking sheet and bake 15-18 minutes. And eat!
Blueberry Health Benefits
1. Deliver healthy antioxidants
Blueberries boasts the highest supply of fresh fruit antioxidants. Antioxidants serve your body with several roles, including boosting your immune system. Those found in blueberries, including anthocyanin, vitamin C, copper, and iron, work to increase immunity so that infections can be prevented. A strong immune system can result in fewer colds, fevers, and other infections and viral and bacterial diseases.
2. Help with digestion
Only one cup of blueberries provides 14% of the recommended daily fiber dose to your body that can help promote digestive regularity and prevent constipation. You can also hold fiber accountable for the feeling of satisfaction and completeness that you experience after eating this delicious fruit, which is a health benefit that can help limit the impulse eating.
3. Improve skin health
Collagen, the skin’s support system, strongly relies on vitamin C and helps prevent damage to the skin caused by UV rays, smoke, dust, and pollution. Blueberries are full with this skin-healthy vitamin, with one cup providing 24 percent of the recommended daily dose.
4. Promote healthy bones
Their impact on bone health is another health benefit of blueberries. They are rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamin K, all of which work to reinforce bones and maintain bone structure. Low vitamin K intakes have been associated with a higher risk of bone fracture, so blueberries can help you get your recommended daily dose of these nutrients that can keep your body strong.
5. Support healthy blood pressure
Several studies have linked the consumption of blueberry with noticeable blood pressure reductions. Recognized as one of the risk factors for heart disease, the daily consumption of blueberries can be a simple – and delicious – way to support your heart health.
6. Boost brain functioning
Antioxidants also serve another critical function in the body: they can counter stresses that speed up the aging process of the brain. Research suggests that antioxidants in blueberries tend to accumulate in intelligence – related areas of the brain. Blueberries’ health benefits can improve memory and overall cognitive functioning.
7. Help protect against heart disease
Eating anthocyanins, the primary antioxidant found in blueberries, was associated with a 32 percent lower heart attack risk in a 2013 study. The study found that the best results were given by women who consumed at least three portions of blueberries or strawberries per week. Research also suggests that antioxidants, such as those found in blueberries, can reduce inflammation.