Thursday, June 21, 2012

berry berry breakfast

I am eating so many berries this summer. It is best to eat foods that are in season - not only because they taste better, but also because they are cheaper! So, I have been getting my fill of berries and all the the wonderful antioxidants they have. 

One cup of raspberries provides over 1/3 of your daily dose of fiber and 1/2 your daily Vitamin C. They benefit your gastrointestinal system, too. Blueberries help neutralize the free radicals in your body, which cause issues at the cellular level resulting in premature aging. These berries are great for your heart, your vision, your intestines, and your brain. They contain Pterostilbene which has even been proven to prevent and cure colon and liver cancer. 

There are many more benefits to eating an abundance of berries, but probably the best reason is that they are delicious! 

Chia and Flax seeds are both higher in Omega 3 than Omega 6 fatty acids meaning they have the proper balance and ratio. Most seeds are a lot higher in Omega 6 than Omega 3 which will result in an improper balance if eaten too often. These seeds will also provide some added protein and sustained energy to the meal.

berry breakfast:
1 banana
1/2 cup almond milk
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup strawberries
1/4 cup goji berries
1 tbsp. flax seeds

Blend the banana, chia seeds, and almond milk until smooth. Top with the berries, flax seeds, and drizzle with honey. 


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