Berries are loaded with antioxidants (and have the highest levels of any fruit!) which destroy free radicals (damaging molecules) in the body. These antioxidants are called anthocyanins, which give the fruit their dark color, but more importantly reduce inflammation in the body that destroys cells and lead to cancer and heart disease.
Berries contain Vitamin C, B complex, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Copper, Selenium, Zinc and Iron – just to name a few! All these substances work as extremely effective immunity builders and as natural anti-bacterials, preventing the common cold, infections and even lowering the risk of certain types of cancer.
Berries are full of fiber, which promote healthy digestion and aid in maintaining regularity of the intestines. The steady movement of fiber through the digestive system allows for proper breakdown of food, which helps to keep balance and alleviate excess sugar, preventing diseases such as diabetes.
Berries promote healthy aging. They are a great source of ellagic acid, an antioxidant, which helps to protect and repair skin damaged by the sun. Bring your berries (and SPF!) to the beach to preserve your skin this summer.
For a sweet energy boost make yourself a healthy, tasty treat in the blender.
Optional Mango or Banana
Add half a cup of plain yogurt, milk or soy milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract
1 teaspoon of Flax Seed Powder – a natural Mediterranean super food, an excellent source of omega fatty acids and dietary fiber. Flax contains Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Protein, Potassium and Magnesium. Flax Seeds (or Powder) are organic, kosher, vegan, gluten-free, sprouted and raw!
Ice cubes for that perfect icey blend, for a hot summer day
How to create:
Simply add all ingredients into your blender and blend until you have your desired consistency!
Buy extra berries during summertime when they are in season, wash and freeze the berries in small portions for berry smoothies during winter months.
LAUREN LEE E-RYT 500 is passionate about living with purpose, exploring the world, and empowering others to live as their most authentic, radiant Self. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated teacher and forever student on the path of yoga, she leads transformational workshops, retreats and trainings to awaken the individual and collective consciousness. Read more about her here