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.
Chef Will Hall
Makes 2 servings
Frozen açai puree is available in the freezer section of most supermarkets.
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
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
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