Ok folks, we are now officially entering the berry season. Unless of course you live in NYC like me and the berry season seems to go on all year. But I’m not talking about the ones that you can get at the grocery store all winter that have been commercially grown in a far away country. I’m talking local, fresh, organic, delicious berries! These little buggers are ridiculously good for you, and now that they are going to be harvested for a while, buy them and eat them like there is no tomorrow. I’m serious, eat as much as you like.
Berries grow this time of year for a reason. Your body always knows what time of year it is by the way. The earth gives us these things this time of year so that we can begin to cleanse from the winter of heavy grounding foods and stockpile the anti-oxidants and all of the other immune system builders for when the cold and flu season comes again. Sounds a little silly to some, I know. But when we start paying more close attention to what grows locally at different times of the year, it all seems to come together. It’s getting hot outside now so the earth is going to start giving us some very nutrient dense cooling foods. It really is no coincidence that at this time berries and other fruits, greens, and so many other cooling veggies will start to show their faces. Eat em up!
One great way to get the berries in your body is by making a smoothie. It really doesn’t matter if you have a regular blender or a high powered machine like a Vitamix, either will work. However, if you go to any health food store and get a smoothie I’m quite sure you will find they are using the Vitamix. I bought one a year ago and easily it is one of the best investments I have ever made. I have saved a fortune om smoothies. I am a smoothie freak! I have fruit smoothies and green smoothies almost everyday. This morning I rocked out a killer cleansing berry smoothie. Since I’m all about sharing, here’s the recipe. Try it and let me know if it gives you the same jump it gives me!
You will need:
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1 tbsp. raw, unfiltered honey
1 tbsp. raw cacao nibs
1 tbsp. organic nut butter(almond, sunflower, or peanut)
1/2 cup kefir(or organic yogurt)
1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk(soy, rice, almond, hemp)
1 cup ice
Throw all food ingredients in the blender and then throw the ice on top. That’s it! This will give you enough for possibly two people, but for me it’s virtually my whole breakfast:) If you like it a bit thinner, just add more ice or liquid. Simple. Serves