Jun 24, 2013
Berry Blast Smoothie. Low-glycemic.
“Unfortunately, in our society, our natural primate desire for sweets is typically satisfied by consuming products containing refined sugars – candy bars, soda, and ice cream – instead of fresh fruit. The American Heart Association released a statement in 2009 reporting that the typical American adult now consumes an unbelievable 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day – even more troubling was that teens were found to consume even more added sugar – 34 teaspoons per day.
“Refined sugars and nutrient-depleted processed sweets – deficient in fiber, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals – are a poor substitute for fresh fruit. These foods are harmful, but even more harmful is that we are missing hundreds of valuable phytochemicals when we eat these nutrient-deficient desserts instead of fresh fruit.
“Fresh fruits are natural, nutrient-rich, health-promoting foods. Researchers have discovered substances in fruits – especially blueberries and strawberries – that have unique effects on preventing aging and deterioration of the brain. Adding more fresh fruit to the diet can decrease the risk of diabetes. Some fruits, especially blueberries, are rich in anthocyanins and other compounds that have anti-aging effects. Apple consumption is associated with decreased risk of colorectal cancer. Eating citrus fruits decreases the risk of all cancers of the digestive tract. Overall fruit consumption has been shown in numerous studies to offer our strongest protection against several cancers: oral and esophageal, lung, prostate, colorectal, and pancreatic cancer.
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The End of Diabetes
In Dr. Fuhrman’s book, The End of Diabetes, you will find specific guidelines for consuming foods that will help prevent, and in some cases reverse, type 2 diabetes. There are also many delicious recipes included!
This recipe is for one of my lovely readers, whose husband is following Dr. Fuhrman’s plan in an effort to reverse his diabetes and requested a berry smoothie without bananas, (a usual sweetener for my smoothies, which ultimately increases the sugars). The coconut water adds a bit more sweetness to the tart berries, but not too much. You can use plain, pure water instead if your berries are sweet (mine were not).
If you are not fond of blackberry seeds, which are inevitable when you use them in smoothies, try some ripe strawberries instead. Berries are in season now, so try to find some plump, delicious ones and make sure they’re organic! See my article on The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 to find out why.
Do you have a VitaMix blender yet? These high-powered work horses are my top pick for making deliciously SMOOTH smoothies. They have many other uses, too, for making soups, sauces and nut butters. I couldn’t live without mine!
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