Keep your watermelon chilled in the fridge and when you’re ready to make this smoothie, chop the watermelon into cubes and add to the blender jug.
Squeeze the limes and add the juice to the blender jug.
Blend well and then strain it through a kitchen sieve to remove the rough seeds so that you’re left with a very smooth drink. If you happen to use seedless watermelon you should still strain it so that your smoothie is perfectly smooth.
Nutritious foods are a great way to keep your brain in tip top shape. We like that the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging us to go purple this month, because our purple/blue fruits are especially rich in brain boosting nutrients.
Typical store-bought granola bars contain refined sugars and artificial colors and ingredients and often have added chocolate chips and marshmallows that may create brain fog.
This recipe does not contain those ingredients. In fact, instead it provides nutrients that may support a healthy brain. For example….
It contains oats
Oats are considered complex carbohydrates, the good carbohydrates that are the primary fuel for your brain.
They may improve memory and provide a steady stream of energy throughout the day to keep your brain alert.
It contains blueberries
There has been a lot of research lately on how blueberries may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
This is because they contain anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that protect brain cells from damage. Wild blueberries have the highest amount!
It contains flaxseeds
Flaxseeds are rich in Omega 3’s that may be associated with slower rates of decline in memory and speed or the ability to quickly process new information in certain individuals.
Omega 3’s are super important to help babies brains grow and develop which is why most formulas are fortified with it.
Blueberry Brain Breakfast Bars
Mix together dry ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats, not quick cook
¾ cup dried blueberries OR wild blueberries
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
1 tablespoon cinnamon
¼ cup almond or coconut oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup and 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 pinches sea salt
Preheat oven to 350F.
Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
Place oats, blueberries, ground flax seed and cinnamon into a large bowl and stir until combined.
Add in oil and stir.
Add in maple syrup and brown rice syrup and stir again.
Add vanilla extract and salt and stir until all the oats are coated.
Pour into the parchment paper in the baking pan and press and level with leftover parchment paper.
Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden and it feels slightly crisp to the touch.
Let cool in the pan completely (cooling overnight is best).
Slice into 9-12 bars.
Bars will keep in an airtight container, at room temperature for 4 days.
Happy National Nutrition Month! This year we’re celebrating a world of flavors with this multi-flavors, multi-vitamin smoothie.
This smoothie has the important nutrients you can use instead of a daily multi-vitamin supplement. Plus it tastes yummy too!
Did you know? Supplements are a way to bridge micronutrient nutrition gaps you might have if you’re not eating enough food or eating a variety of foods throughout the day. This multi-vitamin smoothie not only helps bridge these gaps but can help you digest and absorb these nutrients as well.
Prep time: 5-7 minutes
1 cup frozen wild blueberries
½ cup frozen strawberries (around 7-8)
1 banana – peeled and sliced
½ cup tightly packed baby spinach
1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 medjool dates – seeds removed and chopped
½ cup unsweetened soy milk
½ cup concord grapes juice – 100% juice, not from concentrate
1 very tiny square of Pacific kombu – I used Emerald Cove and soaked the square overnight so it was easily blended.
*TIP: To save time: Prepare ingredients the night before in your blender and leave in your freezer or refrigerator overnight. Then whirl and go in the morning!
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until thoroughly combined.
Important MULTI-NUTRIENTS provided in 1 serving:
% of your Daily Recommended Value
Vitamin B1 (thiamin)
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
Vitamin B3 (niacin)
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Vitamin B9 (folate)
Vitamin B12 (riboflavin)
Some other important nutrients (% data not available) are:
Biotin – found in the peanut butter.
Iodine – from the kombu seaweed. Kombu has the highest amount of iodine compared with other seaweed and is higher than most foods in general. 1 sheet of it can produce about 2000% of your recommended daily amount, why is why we only used a tiny square. Plus it doesn’t have that fishy taste.