Hello! Welcome back to this rainbow food series! For the past few weeks we've been learning about the importance of eating a variety of colorful plant-based foods and delved into what nutrients are found in each colored food group. We've learned about red, orange, yellow and green foods. Now we move onto blue!! Blue is such a fascinating color! Blue skies are so beautiful and make for gorgeous days. Not many foods have blue tones in them. We'll be learning about some exotic plants that have blue tones in them and of course we have to talk about our beloved blueberry!
Butterly Pea Flower Tea
Let's start with butterfly pea flower tea! When I first saw this tea, I was drawn to it by it's authentic color. This flower is native to Southeast Asia. It is an herbal, caffeine-free tea that has amazing health benefits. Anthocyanin (a phytonutrient in this tea) plays an antioxidant role in our bodies by protecting us from free radicals that would damage our cells potentially causing diseases. In addition, this tea has anti-inflammatory properties. It also reportedly enhances digestion and helps with the absorption of nutrients.
Butterfly Pea Flower Tea:
1. In 2-3 cups boiling water, steep 4-6 dried butterfly flowers for approximately 10 minutes.
2. Discard the flowers and mix with your favorite sweetener (I used maple syrup) or you can use agave, coconut sugar, raw cane sugar, or whatever you fancy!
3. You can turn this tea into a lemonade, just add some lemon juice and it will turn purple! the coolest sight ever!
You can also make a latte with this this tea:
1. In a pot, boil 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk with 1 stick of cinnamon and 1 tsp of ginger powder.
2. Mix flavored milk with butterfly pea flower tea that has been sweetened.
I got the dried flowers from Amazon if you are wondering! ;)
Now let's talk about Blue Majik! This fascinating blue-toned supplement is nutrient dense. It is also rich in antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. It is made from blue algae and impressively contains 22 times more iron than spinach and six times more antioxidants than blueberries. It is basically spirulina, but it has a unique combination containing C-phycocyanin, which has shown to relieve physical discomfort. It is full of vitamins (especially B12) and minerals, and enzymes.
Have ya'll ever heard of nice cream? It's only the most delicious and nutritious dessert in the world! No joke. It's ice cream, but guilt free because it has only fruit! It is typically made from blending frozen bananas (or any frozen fruit you desire). It is so so healthy! No refined sugars, no processed chemicals, dairy-free, and full of deliciousness! It is called nice cream because it is dairy-free and full of compassion, as no animals were harmed in the making (no cows had to be enslaved by impregnating them and then taking away their babies, all for the production of milk). It is also nice to your body! Who doesn't want dessert for breakfast?!! It's so easy to make, too ;)
Sky-blue Nice cream
5-7 bananas frozen
zest of 1/2 lime
1 tsp of Blue Majik powder
toppings: blueberries , coconut flakes, mint
1. Cut 5-7 bananas into chunks and freeze overnight.
2. Place frozen banana chunks and lime zest into a food processor and blend until soft serve consistency.
3. Pour 1/2 of the mixture into a bowl or glass container. 4. Mix the rest of the nice cream with blue powder. Swirl with banana mixture and top with any goodies!
Blueberries! They are incredibly good for you! One of the most delicious, and healthiest fruits. It is low in calories, but high in fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K. Interestingly, blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity compared to most fruits and vegetables. Some of these phytonutrients include anthocyanins, just like butterfly pea flower contains! There are many studies out there indicating how consuming blueberries on a regular basis may help with reduction in blood pressure, preventing heart disease, improving brain function and delaying age-related decline. All because of those amazing powerful antioxidants!
In conclusion, have fun exploring new plant-based foods and dive into your creativity by making meals with different fruits and veggies ;)
We have one more color to delve into! Next blog we'll talk about purple! Thank you SO much for reading :)
much love and peace,