Food

Berry Power!

June 25, 2014

berryPower_featBlueberries are power-packed with phytochemicals, studied for their possible anti-cancer, anti-neurodegenerative, and anti-inflammatory qualities. These little berries contain 14% of the recommended daily value of fiber and almost 25% of the daily value of Vitamin C for a one cup serving. They have the most antioxidants of any fruit. They can be a good health boost for your kids at school and a great pick-me-up alternative to coffee for your workday.

Here is our favorite antioxidant-charged blueberry smoothie:

Berrykale Fairytale Smoothie
(Serves 2)

Ingredients:
1 cup blueberries
2 cups water, any milk/soymilk, or any juice (take your pick!)
2 kale leaves
1 banana

Directions:

  1. Put half the liquid in blender.
  2. Wash fresh blueberries under cold running water, put in blender. Blend together with the liquid.
  3. Soak kale in basin of soapy water for a few minutes, move around to agitate, rinse each leaf under running water. Repeat washing process; add to blender.
  4. Add banana and remaining liquid, blend again until smooth.

Note:

  • With this ratio, you can’t taste the kale! Kid and husband approved.
  • Washing veggies and fruits and checking for bugs is a requirement in Jewish law. When blending in a smoothie, one must still wash with soap and water and agitate, however in this case it is unnecessary to check the kale against a light source as one would do if eating as is.
  • For a chillier summer treat, use frozen bananas and blueberries (it’s easy to peel bananas and store in the freezer, both for smoothies and to eat as popsicles).
  • We do this step-by-step blending process in a lower quality blender for a smoother ride. High quality blender? Throw it all in at once and blend for a tasty, healthy smoothie.
  • (adapted from wholeliving.com)