Let’s Talk About Blueberries

BLUEBERRIES OFFER A MULTITUDE OF BENEFITS:


Blueberries are native to North America, and date back to pre-colonial times. They are deliciously sweet, rich in manganese, and vitamins C and K. Blueberries contain high amounts of polyphenols, including anthocyanins and anthocyanidins which are micronutrients bursting with antioxidants offering excellent health benefits.

It’s thought that these particular polyphenols interfere with the inflammation process that leads to atherosclerosis, therefore reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Blueberry polyphenols may also reduce the risk of cancer, and cognitive decline.

Blueberries are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B6. Blueberries also aid digestion, are colon protective, and help balance blood glucose. Just adding 1/2 cup to your breakfast bowl can have great health benefits. Eat up!

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Sweet Potato Brownie Bites

These delicious little chocolatey fudge bites of energy will curb any craving for sweetness, and you don’t have to feel guilty afterwards! They are high in fiber, plant protein, and antioxidants. Rich in magnesium and vitamin A, making them nutritiously scrumptious, and healthy little treats.

Recipe

  • 1 cup of sweet potato peeled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup all purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut, almond or walnut butter
  • 1/4 cup cacao butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Boil 1 cup sweet potato on stovetop until tender (about 10 minutes), strain, mash, and set aside.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda and raw cacao powder into a medium sized bowl. Add salt and mix well.
  3. Boil 2 cups of water in a small saucepan, turn off heat. Place cacao butter into a small glass or stainless steel bowl, and place bowl into saucepan allowing butter to melt.
  4. In a food processor place sifted dry ingredients, add sweet potato, coconut sugar, nut butter, and pulse until well mixed.
  5. Once cacao butter is melted, add maple syrup and vanilla extract to the bowl, and mix well. Add this to the food processor and pulse until mixed well. Finally stir chocolate chips into the mixture, and spoon mixture into a lined 8 inch baking pan, and bake for 20 minutes. Allow brownies to cool before slicing into 24 two-bite pieces.

Avocado Dream

This drink is an excellent anti-inflammatory smoothie. It combines electrolytes for hydration, bromelain from the pineapple to reduce bruising, essential fatty acids from avocado to reduce inflammation, mint leaves to enhance the skin, vitamin C from the lime to heal and brighten the skin, and a host vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from aloe to heal the body from the inside out. 

Avocado Dream

1 cup coconut water

½ avocado

½ cup pineapple chunks

1 lime, juiced

¼ cup fresh mint leaves

1 tsp. pine nuts

1 chunk fresh aloe vera peeled and rinsed

½ cup ice

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender until thick and creamy. Enjoy!

Recipe by Caroline Hale

Find more delicious and nutritious recipes in her new book “Live Simply Plant Based”. To order the book, visit her website at: www.Carolinehelevegan.com

Assorted Cashew Cacao Truffles

Many people have asked me for this recipe, so it is a pleasure for me to share it on my blog. These truffles are incredibly rich and delicious! They are vegan, gluten-free and low glycemic. They are easy to prepare, provide a good source of plant protein, a rich source of antioxidants and are great as an energy booster. Enjoy!

Many people have asked me for this recipe, so it is a pleasure for me to share it on my blog. These truffles are incredibly rich and delicious! They are vegan, gluten-free and low glycemic. They are easy to prepare, provide a good source of plant protein, a rich source of antioxidants and are great as an energy booster. Enjoy! Continue reading “Assorted Cashew Cacao Truffles”

The Super Powers of Raw Cacao

Raw cacao is packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which makes it an anti-aging superfood. Super-rich in magnesium, raw cacao helps lower blood pressure, regulates heart rate, elevates mood, balances brain chemistry, and promotes well-being.

Raw cacao is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which makes it an anti-aging superfood. Super-rich in magnesium, raw cacao helps lower blood pressure, regulates heart rate, elevates mood, balances brain chemistry, and promotes well-being. Continue reading “The Super Powers of Raw Cacao”

Matcha Health!

Matcha green tea is an incredible immunity booster, containing over 100 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. The powerful antioxidants such as catechin EGCg (epigallocatechin) found in this superfood are known to fight free radicals and prevent cancer.

Matcha Health!

Matcha green tea is known as the world’s most powerful tea, and rightly so! Why choose matcha green tea over coffee? This is why. Matcha green tea is one of the highest rated superfoods according to the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method, and is an amazing energy booster.

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Raw Chocolate Raspberry Fudge Tart

When you feel the need for something a little sweet, how about trying this rich, delicious beauty! Raw plant based vegan nutrition, and gluten-free. Packed full of antioxidants and plant protein rich. Just a small slice is enough to curb cravings, and to boost energy!

When you feel the need for something a little sweet, how about trying this rich, delicious beauty! Raw plant based vegan nutrition, and gluten-free. Packed full of antioxidants and plant protein rich. Just a small slice is enough to curb cravings, and to boost energy! See recipe below. Continue reading “Raw Chocolate Raspberry Fudge Tart”