Maine is famous for its blueberries. Who could have ever guessed that such a tiny little berry could be the powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants that it is? The beautiful deep color tips us off that this berry is high in flavonoids. These are powerful antioxidants that protect our bodies against damage that occurs through oxidation. They have been linked to enhancing our memory, decreasing inflammation and preventing certain types of cancer. The high water content of blueberries (just like other berries) makes them ideal to include in your daily NutriBlast.
Once you pick fresh blueberries in Maine it's not easy to go back to store bought ones. So, I spent a few days picking blueberries and have a nice stash in my freezer to get me through the long winters here in CT. Here is a simple NutriBlast idea that I have recently been consuming with all of my fresh Maine blueberries. Hopefully it, too, will help you adjust to the new season!
- 1 cup frozen blueberries (you can also use fresh, but it will be a thinner consistency)
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp wheat germ
- 1 apple (cored)
- 1 plum (pitted)
- 10 almonds
- Combine all ingredients in NutriBullet and Blast!
This Blast contains not only the powerful antioxidant surge from the blueberries and the plum, but also omega-3 fats and protein from the almonds, additional omega-3 fats from flax seeds and chia seeds, as well as numerous vitamins and minerals from the apple and, of course, fiber from all the ingredients! It's a great way to start the day or to consume for a mid- day pick me up! Personally, I find it so thirst-quenching that I love to drink this after a long run. It not only quenches my thirst, but sets me up for another great run the following day.