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Delectable Blueberry Delights!

on July 31, 2018 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

Delectable Blueberry Delights!

Sweet and slightly tart, blueberries are a refreshing fruity treat in the heat of summer. What’s even better is that blueberries have been proven to help maintain and boost bone strength, mental health, and blood pressure. Blueberries can even help protect against heart disease and certain cancers! Join us below as we talk about Delectable Blueberry Delights.

Blueberries and Nutrients Galore!

Let’s take a moment to get “technical” about blueberries. While we mostly know them as a delicious round bite of fruit, blueberries are a little bit more than that. They’re full of anthocyanin – a natural antioxidant that gives blueberries a majority of their nutritious benefits.

That’s not all they’re full of though! They’re also rich in such nutrients as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin C, and zinc! Not to mention fiber, potassium, and vitamin B6.

But what do all of these nutrients packed into such a tiny package do for you and your health?  Below are just a few examples of what blueberries can do for you!

  • Skin health

    • Collagen is the skin’s support system and little supports collagen as well as Vitamin C. One cup of blueberries can provide up to 24% of your daily Vitamin C intake, which also boosts your collagen. Together, they work to help enhance your skin texture, prevent skin damage from things such as the sun, and help smooth out wrinkles in your skin.
  • Lower Blood Pressure

    • Blueberries are sodium free so they won’t increase your sodium intake and can even help maintain or reduce blood pressure.
  • Heart Disease Protection

    • Everything in a blueberry – the fiber, the vitamin C, the vitamin B6, the folate, and more – all contributes to heart health. Fiber helps to reduce cholesterol in the blood; Vitamin B6 and folate prevent homocysteine build-up, which in turn prevents blood vessel and heart problems.
  • Antioxidants Galore

    • The mix of vitamins and nutrients in blueberries all comes together to work as powerful antioxidants that can help protect cells against diseases. Some research suggests it may even help inhibit tumor growth and decrease inflammation in the body!
  • Mental Health Boost

    • Some studies have shown that eating a proper serving of blueberries can help slow down cognitive decline – especially in older women! They’ve even been shown to help improve short term memory and motor coordination.
  • Digest Away

    • Due to the high fiber content of blueberries, they’re excellent as helping prevent constipation. Dietary fiber, such as the fiber in blueberries, has also been linked to weight loss and weight management.

One important thing to note is that blueberries are high in Vitamin K. If you are taking any kind of blood thinners, consult your doctor before you increase or add blueberries to your diet as Vitamin K is important to blood clotting and could affect your blood-thinning medication.

Time to eat Delectable Blueberry Delights!

Today we’re making muffins! More specifically, we’re making gluten-free and dairy-free Cinnamon Apple Blueberry Muffins!

Muffins aren’t always the healthiest option, but with our modifications, these muffins are at least a bit healthier than the ones you get at the store – and they’re tasty to boot!

CINNAMON APPLE BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

Cinnamon Apple Blueberry Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Blueberry Muffins

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup of unsweetened soy milk (or other non-dairy milk of choice)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup unpasteurized honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 cup of whole wheat gluten free flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (if frozen, do not thaw)
  • 1 apple, cored, peeled, and diced

 

STEPS

  1. Heat oven to 400℉. Spray 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray or line muffin tin with paper baking cups.
  2. In small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside for later.
  3. In large bowl, beat milk, coconut oil, honey, and egg together. Stir in flours, baking powder, and salt – only stir until flours are moistened.
  4. Gently fold in blueberries and apple pieces.
  5. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (fill about ⅔ of the way full).
  6. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon mixture on top of unbaked muffins.
  7. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from pan and cool.
  9. Enjoy a delicious fruit-packed treat!
Cinnamon Apple Blueberry Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Blueberry Muffins

DELECTABLE BLUEBERRIES ABOUND!

Now, the above recipe may be delicious, but there’s a myriad of other things you can put blueberries in to enjoy them throughout your summer.

Those are just a few ideas! There’s so many things you can make with blueberries – throw it on your oatmeal, in your yogurt or smoothie, or just eat them plain. No matter what, you’re sure to be getting delectable blueberry delight packed full of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants – and there’s nothing better than that! 

Spring (And Pollen) Are In The Air

on May 31, 2018 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

Spring (and pollen) are in the air (and summer is on its way)

 

…which means it’s the perfect time to talk about allergies! Especially seasonal allergies.

An allergy is the damaging response an immune system has to an allergen such as dust or pollen. There are many different kinds of allergies. For the spring season, we’re going to focus on seasonal allergies and what you can do to combat them.

 

Seasonal allergies

 

…are specific to things that only pop up during certain times of the year. Spring, for example, is when the trees burst back into life with new leaves. As much as we all love a lovely spring breeze, every time it passes through the trees, it brings a fresh wave of new pollen just itching to irritate your seasonal allergies.

 

Another springtime allergy culprit

 

…is snow mold, especially in places where snow runs rampant in the winter. Snow mold is a sneaky little thing that hides under the snow for the majority of winter, only to become active and aggressive as soon as the soil beneath it gets moist as the snow melts away.

(Tip: some ways to try and prevent snow mold is to avoid mulching your lawn in the fall, raking up fallen leaves before snowfall, and keeping your grass cut shorter.)

People walking over the grass, breezes, and more can cause the snow mold spores to be released into the air and trigger seasonal allergy symptoms.

 

When summer hits

 

…you’re in for another round of completely different pollens floating through the air. This fresh flight of pollen is typically caused by grasses and weeds, making an escape from seasonal allergens nearly impossible.

 

People with seasonal allergies can expect to experience a variety of symptoms, including (but not limited to) the following:

 

  • Sneezing,
  • Itchy and/or watering eyes,
  • Itchy throat, sinus, and/or ears,
  • Runny/stuffy nose,
  • Ear congestion,
  • Postnasal drip.

 

Some people with seasonal allergies even experience things like wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Seasonal allergies can also trigger asthma attacks for people with asthma.

 

What can you do to lessen the symptoms of seasonal allergies?

 

One surefire method is to just avoid all the possible allergens – keep your windows and doors shut, avoid outdoor activities, etc. 

 

But where’s the spring and summer fun in that?

 

There’s also antihistamines – always a good idea (or necessity) for people with more severe allergies. Keeping a clean house – i.e. dusting and sweeping multiple times a week – will also help cut down on your allergy symptoms. 

 

But what about those times you’re outside, soaking up the sun or tending to your garden? Or those days on the beach, carefree and fun? When you’re at your child’s ball game, where all the running kids are kicking up pollen and other allergens with every move? When you’re camping in the mountains and surrounded by all kinds of allergens you can’t even see?

 

What do you do to curb your Seasonal Allergy symptoms then?

 

It’s time to give our Allergy Buster Injection a shot at relieving those pesky allergy symptoms!

 

The Allergy Buster Injection

 

…is administered via needle by Dr. Stacey Richards and is a saline substance that is chock full of nutrients and plant-based formulas. Everything in the Allergy Buster Injection is designed to help relieve and ease your Seasonal Allergy symptoms.

 

Smell the blooming flowers without sneezing; go for a morning jog without a wheeze in your lungs; and experience a summer where your biggest concern is when to have your next ice cold glass of lemonade.

 

Book in for your Allergy Buster Injection today!