…are the colors of July! While we are celebrating our nation’s independence with fireworks , Mother Nature is creating a delicious firework of berries this month, bursting with color, flavor and of course healthful properties.
Number one berry this month is definitely the blueberry – one of the few foods that are naturally blue! A comination of sweet- and tartness, they make an ideal summer snack and can be used in a variety of recipes.
Researchers have found this berry to be a powerhouse of antioxidants (their antioxidant content is higher than that of kale and broccoli) that may protect our hearts and prevent early aging. Just 3 1/2 ounces of this little berries are enough to cover your recommended 5 servings of fruit or vegetables per day.
I found this recipe (serves 4) for a “Blueberry-Green Tea Slushi” in a magazine and think itwould make a great addition to any 4th of July picnic.
Bring 2 cups water to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool for 1 minute
Divide 1 cup blueberries between the compartments of an ice cupe tray
Cover with tea and freeze.
When frozen, puree in blender with remaining tea (1 1/2 cups) 1/2 cup water and 2 tsp agave syrup.
Garnish with blueberries and sprigs of fresh mint!
Cheers to your health!!!