I have loved blueberries since I readÂ “Blueberries for Sal” by Robert McCloskey as a child. There is something so New England about them to me, as I spent many a summers in New England stuffing my face with them right off the bush.
Why are they so good for us? Little did I know that eating just under a cup of mixed berries (such as red raspberries, strawberries, blueberries) daily for 8 weeks was associated with increased levels of â€œgoodâ€ HDL cholesterol and lowered blood pressure (two positives when it comes to heart health) according to a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Better yet? It is quite simple to add these antioxidant filled gems into your diet.
So what can you snack on? Why not try parfaits and smoothies (I use the same ingredients in two different recipes)… and they take less than 10 minutes to make!
Blueberry Parfaits and Smoothies
* Â½ blueberries
* Â½ cup of plain Greek yogurt
* Â½ of ice (exclude the ice for the parfait)
* 2 tsp agave syrup
Parfait: Layer blueberries andÂ yogurt, repeating until dish of your choice is full.Â Top with agave syrup. Enjoy!
Smoothie: Add all ingredients into blender, until all ingredients are incorporated. Enjoy!
A light, satisfying snack rich in probiotics, and vitamin C (which helps boost collagen), but low in fat and calories. (And a great snack for your family on Sunday!)
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