For a number of years berries have been on every list of some of the healthiest foods on the planet, particularly blueberries and strawberries. Combined in this dish with a healthy dose of fat from coconut butter and you’ve got yourself a delicious breakfast, snack, or dessert to enjoy any time!
Most everyone probably knows about the vitamins and antioxidants blueberries contain. But what you probably don’t know about this delicious berry is it’s full of alkaline minerals.
Blueberries contain iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, manganese, zinc, and copper. Their vitamin and mineral content combined with their antioxidants rank the blueberry high on the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) which rates foods based on the most nutrients per calorie. Blueberries are in the top 20 of this list of foods.
Along with some of the same benefits as blueberries, raspberries are a great source of polyphenols. Polyphenols decrease the damage from free radicals and some studies show they have potential to prevent cancer and heart disease.
A serving of strawberries has an amazing 150% of your daily vitamin C needs. Strawberries are also a low glycemic food high in fiber. This helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Coconut oil is pure fat and despite its name is in a solid state, usually. Coconut butter is pureed, raw coconut meat, not just the fat of the coconut. So along with the health benefits of coconut oil, coconut butter also contains fiber, potassium, magnesium, and iron.
Lastly, Mint is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years for its remarkable medicinal properties. It is loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients and helps keep stomach cramps and nausea at bay. Mint leaves have incredible anti-inflammatory properties, and is a powerful cleanser and neutralizer of acid.
While the berries have powerful healing properties to them, they are still classified as mildly acidic because of the small amounts of natural sugars they contain. By adding the healthy fats of the coco butter, it will slow down the metabolization of the sugars, preventing any insulin spikes in your body. The mint acts as a strong neutralizer of acid, so you can enjoy the great taste and benefits of the fruit while still maintaining a healthy alkaline pH.
So throw together a cup of this delicious treat, grab your alkaline filtered water, and head outside to enjoy the sunrise or sunset.
Chopped Berries with Mint and Coconut Butter [Serves 1]
- 1 cup of mixed berries – blueberries, strawberries and raspberries
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon chopped mint
Drizzle the melted coconut butter on the berries and sprinkle with mint.