Legend has it that Juan Ponce de Leon searched his whole life for the fountain of youth, but perhaps the answer was right under his feet — in the garden! Diets rich in plant-based foods offer nutrients that fight free radical damage and diseases, hydrate us, and keep us looking and feeling younger from the inside out!

One unassuming little fruit that packs a big nutritional punch is the blueberry. It's bursting with nutrients and anti-aging benefits. Rich in fiber, minerals, and the vitamins A, C, E & K, fresh blueberries are lower on the glycemic index than many fruits, and also offer a good dose of fiber — both of which are helpful in managing blood sugar.  

A cup of blueberries has about 80 calories, 4 grams of fiber, and about 25% of the RDA of vitamin C. When given the choice between wild or cultivated berries, choose the wild. Despite being smaller than the cultivated kind, they contain more anthocyanins, and a deeper, more intense taste. 

Available May through October, blueberries are at their peak in the mid-summer, so it's not surprising that July is National Blueberry Month!

One way to boost your intake of plant-based foods easily is with smoothies. With that in mind, here's a delicious and simple recipe:    

Sara’s Fountain of Youth Smoothie

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 scoop of greens powder (or a big handful of kale or spinach)
  • 1 teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 scoop of plant based protein
  • ¼ cup of frozen wild organic blueberries
  • 1/3 of a frozen banana
  • ice as desired
Directions:

Put everything except the frozen fruit into the blender — blend to combine.  

Add in the frozen banana and blueberries, blend.  

Add ice as desired to thicken, blend. Pour and enjoy!  

This recipe is my breakfast most days of the week, and is part of my Perfect Metabolism program.


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