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Mind Body Tonic Blueberry Smoothie
This purple superfood smoothie is more like a full meal. It’s thick, luscious and super-nutritious. In preparation, here are the items for your shopping list: frozen blueberries and bananas, almond butter and almond milk and, last but not least, Mind Body Tonic.
Recipe yields 2 servings
In a blender, combine all of the ingredients. Begin blending on low and then move gradually to highest speed.
Why blueberries in Mind Body Tonic smoothies?
Eating a cup of blueberries (150g) reduce factors for cardiovascular disease by up to 15 per cent. Researchers say to include berries in strategies for cardiovascular wellness. Source: University of East Anglia. For more info go to https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uoea-ebe053019.php
When are blueberries in season?
If you are a fan of buying locally grown berries, the North American blueberry season and harvest runs from April to late September. Then imports from in South America fill the grocery store shelves from October to March. In our winter, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile are experiencing sunny summers, perfect conditions for harvesting blueberries.
Frozen blueberry tips and tricks
Frozen blueberries are available year-round in the freezer aisle. You can freeze and store fresh blueberries for up to 10 months in your freezer.
Research on Blueberries
1 Yanita McLeay,#1 Matthew J Barnes,#1 Toby Mundel,#1 Suzanne M Hurst,#2 Roger D Hurst,#2 and Stephen R Stannard#1 Effect of New Zealand blueberry consumption on recovery from eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2012; 9: 19.
3, Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 2007 Sep;85(9):956-65.
Fermented Canadian lowbush blueberry juice stimulates glucose uptake and AMP-activated protein kinase in insulin-sensitive cultured muscle cells and adipocytes.
Circulation. 2013 Jan 15;127(2):188-96. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.122408.https://stanfordmag.org/contents/eat-local-save-energy-essential-answer