Blueberries: good for you? “Blueberries do have an abundance of phytonutrients, whose strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, some scientists believe, may help protect against heart disease, colon cancer and other maladies.” (New York Times)
Greek Yogurt: good for you? Greek yogurt has more protein; less carbohydrates, sugar, lactose and sodium than regular yogurt. It does have more fat, though, so get low or non-fat if possible. If not, keep your portions in mind. Because greek yogurt has a high protein content, you will feel more full and satisfied with a smaller amount. (*Low-fat greek yogurt is currently hard to find in Ireland. I've emailed Glensik asking if & when they'll offer a natural low-fat version. If anyone out there knows of a brand selling it, please let me know!)
Pistachios: good for you? A study published in the Journal of Nutrition, run by Pennsylvania State University, finds that pistachios help lower “bad” cholesterol and are full of protective “free radicals.”
I adapted this recipe from Martha Rose Shulman's Recipes For Health
Combine 1 CUP BLUEBERRIES (fresh or frozen depending on season),
1/4 CUP WATER,
1 TABLESPOON LIME JUICE (or lemon ), freshly squeezed.
Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for 5 minutes, until sauce thickens.
Shell the PISTACHIOS, roughly chop and toast on a dry pan for a few minutes.
Or, if you're not feeling fancy, just put it into a bowl, swirl, and enjoy!
(*If you do want to serve this as a dessert, you can add a spoonful of honey to the greek yogurt to add a little more sweetness.)