Antioxidants, beauty and taste in one little berry!

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By: Leanne Ely

 

It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh?

Today’s focus is on: BLUEBERRIES

One of the most nutritious berries on the block is in season right now! Yes, it’s time to sing the praises of the small but mighty blueberry with a trick, tip and a great recipe to try out!

Blueberries are one of my favorite super foods. There is so much goodness within those deep blue or purply skins that it’s hard to imagine how it all fits in there.

With only 80 calories per one cup serving, blueberries contain a tremendous amount of vitamin C, fiber and manganese. In addition, their deep blue color is an indication of the fact that they are rich in antioxidants as well.

Blueberries can be found frozen or fresh. And did you know that fresh berries have been hand picked while frozen berries have been machine processed? Either way they carry the same fantastic nutritional profile so you really can’t go wrong.

Now for your Trick:

If you can, buy organic blueberries. Blueberries are in spot 14 on the Environmental Working Group’s list of vegetables and fruits with high amounts of pesticides. They have been on the Dirty Dozen list in the past, but they seem to have dropped off. In any case, that isn’t quite good enough for me and I prefer to buy organic. I would advise you to do the same!

Your Tip:

Blueberries are great in smoothies (if you want to hide the color green in your spinach smoothies, toss in a handful of blueberries), on salads and sprinkled on half of a cantaloupe or honeydew melon for a beautiful looking breakfast.

And your Recipe:

Vanilla Blueberry Smoothie
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup frozen blueberries
4 ice cubes
2 scoops Saving Dinner All-in-One Vanilla Smoothie Mix OR 1 scoop Perfect Paleo Protein Vanilla
2 scoops Saving Dinner Fibermender

INSTRUCTIONS:
Blend together almond milk, frozen blueberries and ice cubes until almost smooth. Add Protein Mix and Fibermender; blend until combined.

Yes, blueberries are one of my favorite summertime treats and I eat them frequently, especially when they’re in season, as part of my Paleo lifestyle. Over in our private Facebook group for the 30 Day Summer Paleo Challenge, whenever we talk about our favorite Paleo staples, blueberries often come up. Haven’t heard of the 30 Day Paleo Challenge? For only $15 we’ll send you 30 days worth of delicious Paleo dinners (with complete shopping lists), 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and snack ideas. We’ll also send you a Paleo how-to guide and we’ll give you access to our exclusive Facebook group. Sign up here!

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