Berries are among the healthiest foods you can eat. They’re delicious, nutritious, and provide a number of impressive health benefits. One study showed that blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have the highest antioxidant activity, which protect your cells from free radical damage. Berries may also improve your blood sugar and insulin levels. They are a good source of fiber, including soluble fiber. which slows down the movement of food through your digestive tract, leading to reduced hunger and increased feelings of fullness.
Berries are low in calories and extremely nutritious. In addition to being high in antioxidants, they also contain several vitamins and minerals. Berries, especially strawberries, are high in vitamin C. They’re also heart-healthy foods and may help reduce skin wrinkling and skin damage.
Despite their small size, chia seeds are full of important nutrients. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium. Eating once ounce of chia seeds each day would provide 18 percent of daily calcium needs, 27 percent of phosphorus, 30 percent of manganese, and smaller amounts of potassium and copper. Chia seeds provide more omega-3s, calcium, phosphorus, and fiber than flaxseeds. Most people do not consume enough of these essential nutrients.
With SO many wonderful heath benefits (and their delicious taste) AND with summer just around the corner and here’s a quick, refreshing recipe to treat yourself while you beat the heat.
Ingredients & Equipment:
⦁ Frozen mixed berries. If you’re using fresh fruit, throw them in a zip-lock bag and freeze them overnight or for at least a few hours.
⦁ Chia seeds
⦁ Almond milk (or any dairy free milk of your choice)
⦁ A blender
⦁ A jar, of course
⦁ Optional: Nuts, granola or berries for topping
- Soak the chia seeds in almond milk overnight in the jar.
- Blend the frozen berries until smooth and our the smoothie mixture into the jar, over the chia-milk layer
- Top with berries, nuts or granola and enjoy!
This recipe makes a perfect breakfast for those always on the go. You can prepare this in the evening and leave it in the fridge to enjoy in the morning, or take with you to work or school.
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