Hi lovies! <3 <3 <3
Rise & shine! This morning, AFTER I WOKE YOU WITH THEM EYE MASKS, I now wake you WITH A SECOND ATTEMPT, ergo, my HOMEMADE BLUEBERRY BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE. Sweet & tangy, made with ONLY THE CLEANEST & HEALTHIEST INGREDIENTS, oh & of course, fresh blueberries (OBVS!), this baby will make you forget all about ‘dat bottled stuff & will BRIGHTEN ANY SALAD, literally!!!!
Ladies & gents, I present you with Kelly’s Clean-Eating Simple-AF Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette a.k.a. Sweet-&-Tangy-Wonderfulness-Smothered-All-Over-Your-Face-Oops-I-Mean-Salad-Oh-&-Blueberries-Always!
Basically, I had some cute little blueberries that were starting to get a little smushy & squishy in the fridge & thought… WHAT BETTER WAY THAN TO THROW THESE BABES INTO A BLENDER WITH A FEW OTHER CLEAN INGREDIENTS to whip up this super simple, SUPER YUMMY, salad dressing that has just the right amount of sweet & tangy?!
Oh & for those of you who live in Montreal, this dressing will GIVE YOU A LITTLE TASTE OF SPRING/SUMMER, since unfortunately Mother Nature has not been giving us that & IT’S ALMOST MID-MAY, da fuq?
UHHH, sorry not sorry, BUT, I must, I mean, I MUST, tell you munchkins about some of the main benefits of none other than these cute little munchkins we like to call BLUEBERRIES! YOU READY? It’s that time. NUTRITION-101 WITH KELLY IN THE KITCH, but I promise, it’ll be quick! Here goes:
BLUEBERRIES ARE A SUPERFOOD. Let me tell you why.
They are the MOST NUTRIENT-DENSE BERRIES. Basically, one serving will provide you with a whopping 4 GRAMS OF FIBRE, 24% of the RDA of Vitamin C, 36% of the RDA of Vitamin K & 25% of the RDA of Manganese. Oh & they’re so yummy, you won’t even be thinking about the nutrients!!!
THE BABES ARE THE KING OF ANTIOXIDANTS. They protect our bods from damage by free radicals & unstable molecules that can damage our cell structure & contribute to aging & diseases, such as cancer. THE BABES CONTAIN THE HIGHEST ANTIOXIDANT CAPACITY OF ALL CONSUMED FRUITS & VEGGIES. What?! LOAD UP!
Not only are they SUPREMELY HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS, but the babes also help neutralize some of the free radicals that can potentially cause damage to our DNA, which can ultimately lead to aging & cancer.
The antioxidants in these babies are also linked to reduced levels of oxidized BAD CHOLESTEROL (Basically, oxidation of bad cholesterol can lead to heart disease). THEREFORE, BLUEBERRIES PROTECT CHOLESTEROL IN THE BLOOD FROM BECOMING DAMAGED. Woah! Oh, oh!! AND, studies have actually shown that REGULAR BLUEBERRY CONSUMPTION (who’s complaining, right?!?!) can actually help prevent HEART ATTACKS.
AS IF ALL THAT WASN’T ENOUGH, these munchkins may also help lower blood pressure!
The antioxidants in blueberries can help maintain brain function & improve memory! Oxidative stress can actually make your brain age FASTER, and this, in turn, can have negative effects on your brain function. BUT, BUT, BUT, the antioxidants in blueberries tend to accumulate in areas of the brain that are essential for intelligence & can help improve brain function & delaying age-related decline!
To all my beautiful lady-followers, BLUEBERRIES CAN ALSO HELP FIGHT UTI’s – Yes, you’ve all heard that you can use cranberry juice for this. BUT, blueberries actually contain MANY OF THE SAME ACTIVE SUBSTANCES AS CRANBERRY JUICE. They are called anti-adhesives & help prevent bacteria like E. coli from binding to the wall of the bladder! SO, HERE’S ANOTHER NATURAL CURE FOR YOU MUNCHKINS!
OH, & lastly, the babes can also help reduce muscle damage after STRENUOUS EXERCISE! BASICALLY, when you work out REAL HARD, your muscles can become sore & you may feel fatigue! This is driven, in part, by inflammation & oxidative stress in your muscle tissues. BUT, BLUEBERRIES MAY REDUCE THE DAMAGE OCCURING AT THE MOLECULAR LEVEL & can actually help minimize the soreness! (BYE, BYE, TIGER BALM. HELLO NATURAL SOLUTIONS!).
ONCE AGAIN, that went WAY LONGER THAN EXPECTED. But, YOU FOR SURE LEARNED SOMETHING. Come on. Don’t lie to me. You didn’t know ALL OF THIS. Did you? NAH. OKAY, LET’S GET RIGHT TO IT, MUNCHKINS!
My loves, YOU WILL NEED:
- ½ cup of blueberries (If you’ve got some mushy ones in your fridge that you’re not sure what to do with, EXCEPT THROW IN THE GARBAGE, then this dressing is YOUR ANSWER, lovies!);
- ½ cup of organic balsamic vinegar;
- 2 tbsp. of raw organic honey or pure organic maple syrup (YUMMMMMY IN MY TUMMMMMY!);
- 1 tbsp. of organic yellow mustard (Munchkins, if you prefer Dijon, go ahead!);
- 1 tbsp. of organic apple cider vinegar;
- ½ cup of organic extra-virgin olive oil;
- 2 cloves of garlic, MINCED;
- Organic Himalayan pink sea salt & freshly ground black peppa!
Yes, babies! That’s it, that’s all!!! Told you the ingredients were simple, clean & healthy. Betcha didn’t think they were THIS simple, clean & healthy, right? WELL, NOW YOU KNOW & YOU LOVE ME EVEN MORE, right?
Now, if you thought the ingredients list was simple… wait until I tell you how simple she is to whip up. YOU READY FOR ‘DIS? No need for a step-by-step, lovies! All you gotta do is combine the ingredients in a blender or food processor & PULSE THE EFF OUT OF ‘EM UNTIL ‘DAT SMOOTH DRESSING CONSISTENCY IS OBTAINED. Once desired texture is obtained, taste & adjust seasoning (if necessary) et voilà! NOW, POUR & DEVOUR!
OH, & I don’t think I need to tell you munchkins, BUT JUST IN CASE, store the baby in the refrigerator!
Enjoy mes amours!! <3 xoxo!