B is for BlueberrySeason

                     

B is for blueberry …and blueberries are in season.  Blueberries are my favorite berry hands down.  They’re easy to love- in smoothies, desserts, muffins, mixed into a salad or just as a quick snack.  Its also encouraging to know that the pretty indigo color in blueberries are from a substance called anthocyanin which contribute in a large way to  its antioxidant prowess.  And as we remember from science class (the same one I was asleep in), antioxidants protect us from the big bad cancer loving free radicals.  (“Blueberries a handful,” 2013) These berries are a  berry berry  big deal.  Try starting your day off with blueberries over cereal, or in an post workout smoothie. Speaking of which-I found a low fat mixed berry smoothie on Epicurious.com that I like a lot.  Try it out! Here’s to your health.

Cheers,

Chef Will Hall

Mixed-Berry Smoothie

yield

Makes 2 servings

Frozen açai puree is available in the freezer section of most supermarkets.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups crushed ice

1/2 cup fresh blackberries

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup fresh raspberries

1/4 cup pomegranate juice

3 tablespoons frozen açai puree

2 tablespoons flaxseed meal

1 tablespoon honey

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Divide smoothie between 2 glasses and serve.

Per serving: 140 calories, 1 g fat, 8 g fiber

Nutritional analysis provided by Bon Appétit

References:

Blueberries a handful of health. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/health-benefits-of-blueberries/blueberry-nutrition/

blueberry image. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.therebelpreppernetwork.com/blueberries/

Hines-Dochterman, M. (2010, 07 09). Blueberry season in full swing. Retrieved from http://thegazette.com/2013/07/18/blueberry-season-in-full-swing/

Mixed berry smoothie . (2010). Retrieved from http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mixed-Berry-Smoothie-359510

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