Layered Berry Smoothie

layered berry smoothie

Layered smoothies take extra time, but they are so worth it! My family has been working out a ton this weekend (tennis tournament, hiking, swimming, running and golf) so we decided to make these Layered Berry Smoothie just in time for the Memorial Day holiday. The best way to make these, so the flavors don’t run into each other is to prepare each flavor at a time, and put each flavor in the freezer until ready to layer.

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These layered smoothies are so healthy with fresh strawberries, blueberries and bananas. They are also easy to prepare, taste fresh, are filling and are good for you. Feel free to use your favorite milk, and if you can’t have dairy, feel free to substitute coconut water.

Skillet Blueberry Crisp

Skillet Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberries are at their peak season right now with most grocery stores selling them buy one get one free. I made this Skillet Blueberry Crisp on Sunday night, which only takes 10 minutes of preparation time. It’s so easy, healthy and tastes fantastic! My husband said this blueberry crisp was so good that it did not even need vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt to top it off). If you have some on hand and want that cold and warm temperature combination, feel free to add it. I used my 61/2-inch cast-iron skillet, but if you only have the larger one, you can double the recipe. Blueberries are also healthy for you. In only 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many nutritional benefits. They are packed with Vitamin C and are a good source of manganese (which is important in bone health). Blueberries have antioxidants that can improve vision and promote quicker adjustment of the eyes to darkness. They can also improve memory and reduce the risk of infections. They have high levels of compounds that help widen arteries and can help blood flow. Blueberries are also a good source of fiber, and they have phytonutrients that protect cells from damage. This recipe is great to serve to kick off summer, and it will be awesome to serve on Memorial Day and Fathers’s Day too!

Detox Shots

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These green juice Detox Shots are an amazingly healthy way to start off your day. I made this with my favorite healthy ingredients, and all you need is 5 minutes. Place the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. If you want the mixture colder or thicker add ice and for added protein, add protein powder. You can drink this as a smoothie/green juice or serve as Detox shots which is a fun twist to get vitamins and minerals naturally. I have had one shot or glass since Sunday, and two friends asked me today why my skin was glowing and looks so even colored. I wonder if it has to do with drinking these, but regardless, I fell energized and not sluggish and I know I am doing something wonderful for my body! For Health Benefits of Kale see my article on MindBodyGreen which has had 83,000 shares and my top benefits of blueberries can be found here.

Blueberry Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt

Blueberry Banana Bread

To start off the new year, I made this Blueberry Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt this weekend which was an absolute hit! No mixer is need for this recipe so this is great to make with the kids help. Add everything except the blueberries to one bowl and stir. Then, fold in the blueberries and pour batter into a prepared pan. I like to make this the night before so it’s ready for breakfast the next day. My kids love this for breakfast, in their school lunch or for an afternoon snack or dessert. If you’re a fan of this recipe, try my No Mixer Banana Bread Recipe too (pictured below). Have a great week everyone!No Mixer banana bread

Antioxidant Shooters

 

Antioxidant Shooters

If this recipe for Antioxidant Shooters has caught your eye, I have a feeling you are aware that pomegranate juice, strawberries and blueberries are filled with antioxidants. With the addition of beets, this recipe is SUPER high in antioxidants. If you don’t have time to cook beets, you can often find them on the salad bar at a high end or gourmet grocery store. What is interesting about beets is not the fact that they are rich in antioxidants, but the unusual mix of antioxidants that they contain. Beets have unique antioxidants since they get their red color primarily from betalain antioxidant pigments (and not primarily from anthocyanins). This combined with being a very good source of the antioxidant manganese and vitamin C, provides antioxidant support in a different way than other antioxidant-rich vegetables.

Have you heard the term but wonder why antioxidants are important? Antioxidants offer a number of health benefits and can help possibly prevent diseases, ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s. Also, more and more information suggests that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many of these same diseases, and these ingredients are ALSO high anti-inflammatory foods. These Antioxidant Shooters are so good, so healthy and easy to make for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up of liquid health.

Red White and Blue Cobbler

Red White and Blue Cobbler by @alisonlewis

Cobbler recipes are my favorite desserts, especially in the summertime. This Red White and Blue Cobbler is perfect for Father’s Day this weekend or the Fourth of July which is right around the corner. This recipe uses fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries but feel free to mix is up and even use blackberries if you like (as long as you get 4 cups). To find out which berry is the healthiest, read my one of my recent posts on Fitness Republic. You may find the answer interesting!

Memorial Day Smoothie Bowl

Memorial Day smoothie Bowl

 

Making a healthy smoothie only takes 5 minutes to prepare and turning it into a smoothie bowl only adds 1 or 2 minutes more. Perfect for a breakfast at home or on the go, this Memorial Day Smoothie in on our family weekend list! I think this recipe will be a wonderful, fun way to kick off summer with the kids  This smoothie bowl recipe is made with dairy products which adds calcium important for bone strength. Strawberries are also the star of this recipe which are filled with antioxidants and said to rival spinach in their health benefits helping protect the heart, aiding in reducing cholesterol, boosting the immune system and reducing risks of cancer, arthritis and even gout. Free free to add some of your favorite toppings, granola, hemp seeds, unsweetened coconut, you name it. The sky is the limit this Memorial Day so be healthy and safe!

Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

blueberry Banana Smoothie bowl

 

Yes, I am at it again with this Blueberry Smoothie Bowl perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. I made a banana and blueberry smoothie, but wanted more so I added flaxseed, chia seeds, milk, and protein powder. I prefer to enjoy smoothies with a spoon these days so I topped it with some of my favorite healthy toppings.

Health benefits of Blueberries: Blueberries offer many nutritional benefits. They are packed with Vitamin C, fiber, full of antioxidants and a good source of manganese (which is important in bone health). To find out the health benefits of blueberries see

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber at 10 grams per ounce (about 2 tablespoons). New research suggests that including chia seeds in your diet may help improve cardiovascular risk factors such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. It’s said that the amounts of omega 3′s can also work reduce symptoms of depression and increase brain function. A one-ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains 139 calories, 11 grams of fiber, four grams of protein and 9 grams of fat, as well as calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium and B vitamins.

Health Benefits of Flaxseeds: Studies have suggested that flaxseed can also help lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease  stroke, caner and post-menopausal symptoms. Flaxseed contains high levels of fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids. Just two tablespoons of ground flaxseed contain more than 140 percent daily value of the inflammation-reducing Omega 3 fatty acids and more lignans than any other plant food. One tablespoon of flaxseed contains 55 calories, three grams of carbohydrates, 2.8 grams of fiber, 1.9 grams of protein and 4.3 grams of fat. See more about seeds in my article on Fitness Republic.

Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe

blueberry banana bread

Since the kids love blueberries and bananas, I found Giada De Laurentiis recipe for Blueberry Banana Bread and it was fantastic! I made some tweeks to it and here it is. This is perfect for breakfast, dessert or an after school snack. Our schools are already starting next week so this will definitely be on my to-cook list. With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many nutritional benefits. They are packed with Vitamin C, fiber, full of antioxidants and a good source of manganese (which is important in bone health). Enjoy this Blueberry Banana Bread recipe with a cup of coffee, milk or just on its own!

 

Individual Blueberry Cobbler

Individual Blueberry Cobblers

We are loving summer fruit, and we bought a ton of blueberries yesterday! Instead of making a large blueberry cobbler, we decided to make this Individual Blueberry Cobbler recipe. It’s super easy with only 15 minutes of prep time. Feel free to add frozen vanilla yogurt or ice cream, if desired. Blueberries are great for brain health, cancer protection, digestion and constipation, and they are have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. Enjoy and have a fabulous week ahead!