Triple Berry Smoothie
Saturday was a warm day, and after coming home from a morning walk I was craving something refreshing and satisfying. This super healthy and filling smoothie fueled me through my Saturday like none other. Noted below is why this smoothie is tops in the nutrient department, but if that doesn’t interest you just skip to the recipe!
Strawberries: Not only are they a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and iron, but also they boast a cancer fighting agent called ellagic acid.
Cranberries: These little guys pack of powerful punch to viruses and their quinine content aids in removing purines, uric acid, and toxins from the bladder and kidneys.
Blueberries: Our baby blue buddies get their hue from anthocyanin, a polyphenol known to be a major contributor to its antioxidant activity.
Watercress: Often used as a lung tonic, watercress is loaded with iron, calcium, folate and has anti carcinogenic effects.
Did I really have to tell all the glorious details of how nutrient dense this smoothie was? Nope, not really…the important thing when it comes to smoothies is to use real foods that digest easily when combined. Fruit, greens, almond milk, water kefir, water, and an optional sweetener of stevia or raw honey are great ingredients for a nourishing treat. Smoothies that are difficult to digest are not our friends and these would include mixing vegetables (carrots, celery, cabbage etc;) with fruit. Combining fruit and greens (spinach, parsley, water cress etc.) is great, save the veggies for the juicer or a salad!
Triple Berry Smoothie
Try to use organic produce when possible, not only will the smoothie taste better, but the nutrient content will be higher as well. Normally stevia or honey isn’t necessary when making a smoothie, but the cranberries can be attention seeking with their tart flavor.
5 strawberries, halved
1/4 cup cranberries
1/4 cup blueberries
1 cup watercress, (optional)
1 cup water, almond milk, or water kefir
5 drops stevia or 3 tablespoons raw honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 pastured egg yolk or 1 T grass-fed beef gelatin
1 handful of ice
Blend all ingredients on high until smooth. Makes two 8oz servings.
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How to enter the giveaway:
1. How do you incorporate real whole foods into your diet? (soups, salads, smoothies, etc.) Leave your answer in the comment section on my previous post.
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Below is all the info for my next class, you don’t want to miss it!
Recharge 2012: Simple Actions for Lasting Results:
Help your body heal gently and naturally. Come learn the basics of whole food cleansing and receive all the resources you’ll need to make a detox easy and effective.
When: Thursday, January 26, 7-8:30 pm
Where: Jacobs Chiropractic & Wellness Center
215 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, Fl.
Cost: $24 ($20 if you bring a friend)
RSVP by Jan 24th to 850-916-7060