Friday, November 18, 2011

Get your winter boost!

I just received my December issue of Whole Living magazine in the mail and I am excited with all of this month’s healthy eating articles. I suppose you can say that I went a tad bit overboard when I decided to ‘combine a few of the articles together’ to form a quick and healthy breakfast/snack. 
First Ingredient: 1 cup Blueberries
So much has been written about the power of dark berries (cherries, blackberries, raspberries, etc.)  and that they are powerful anthocyanins that prevent collagen breakdown --- call them super antioxidants. Load up on these babies.
Second Ingredient: 1/2 cup Walnuts
The only nut that contains a large amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega 3 that is an awesome ‘memory food’. It also contains a derivative of Vitamin E. They are loaded with protein and help fill you up, it’s a great snack food. 
Third Ingredient: 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Go the extra mile and freshly grate your cinnamon, it is an absolute treat. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a daily teaspoon of cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels-possibly helping control diabetes.
Fourth Ingredient: 1/2 teaspoon of Cocoa
Try purchasing an organic dark cocoa powder with 70% or higher natural cocoa. A powerful antioxidant, this food protects the skin from sun damage, something we still need to keep mind of in the winter months.  
To prepare:
Rinse blueberries and drain them. Chop or break apart walnuts so they will be a good bite size portion. In a small/medium bowl, blend the cinnamon and cocoa together. Pour walnuts in the bowl and then gently add the blueberries. Gently toss all of the ingredients together to coat and grab a spoon so you can enjoy and quick, yummy dish!


  1. yum--anything with cinnamon and cocoa gets my attention! thanks!

  2. You are welcome, hope you enjoy it! I did not have any nutmeg or I would have included that ingredient-- I thought of adding @ 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon. Nutmeg has the great inflamation reducing qualites and it is so tasty. I never really thought of dusting fresh fruit with organic cocoa and cinnamon so I will be trying this technique on others!

  3. Wow this sounds yummy and so easy! I love each of these ingredients so I'll be whipping this up soon. Thanks!!

  4. Great Maria! I hope you are enjoying the holidays, be well.