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Fresh New Year, fresh new you

(NC) There's no better time than the arrival of the new year to resolve to eat better. But “better” doesn't have to mean boring; not with ample supplies of fresh blueberries, nature's perfect “superfood”, available all winter long.  Chile's blueberry crop is being harvested right now, during the southern hemisphere's summer, arriving in Canada fresh, juicy and just in time to ring in a healthy and delicious new year.

Fresh blueberries are low in calories (just 80 calories in one cup), making them the ideal snack or ingredient to add to all kinds of recipes, like the one below -- a fresh blueberry smoothie that can serve as a nutritious start to the day or a midday boost.

In addition to that sweet and tangy flavor and maximum convenience, what's great about blueberries is the powerful nutritional punch they pack: research has shown that the polyphenols in fresh blueberries not only help prevent certain cancers, but these antioxidant-rich little blue dynamos* can help reduce the risk of heart disease, and their abundant anti-inflammatory properties can help skin stay looking younger longer. With all this going for them, there's no reason not to make fresh blueberries from Chile part of any New Year's resolution.

Fresh blueberries from Chile are grown according to the highest standards for product quality and purity, meeting or exceeding all Canadian government regulations. State-of-the-art packing and exporting methods ensure that the blueberries you find in the supermarket are fresh, ripe and ready to help get the new year off to a healthy start.    

For more recipe ideas or information about Blueberries from Chile, visit www.fruitsfromchile.com/blueberryrecipes.

Berry blue smoothie

Ingredients

2 cups fresh or slightly thawed frozen Chilean blueberries

1 6-ounce container low-fat vanilla or other flavored yogurt

1 cup fruit juice, such as orange, pineapple or apple

1 tablespoon honey or sugar, more or less to taste

Instructions

Place blueberries, yogurt, juice and honey in a blender. Whirl until smooth. Serve immediately.

Serves: 3

Recipe courtesy of the US Highbush Blueberry Council

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Source: * “Little Blue Dynamos” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. All rights are reserved.


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