How does one berry praise another berry?

I like you BERRY much!

—Sonali Gupta

Nature has an amazing way of providing us with the foods we need most to keep us balanced throughout the seasons.  

June marks the shift from spring to summer and with it comes the rise in temperature.

It’s no wonder that berries, with their astringent and cooling nature, provide us with exactly what we need to stave off summer’s swelter.  

When we become imbalanced in summer, pitta (fire element) increases, overheats the blood and can manifest in eruptions of the skin.  

Blackberries and blueberries have an affinity for the blood.

Blackberries nourish the blood and are antioxidant.   They are styptic, which means that they help stop bleeding.   Blueberries clean the blood, strengthen the immune system, are antioxidant, tonifying for the kidneys and brain, nourishing for the liver, anti-inflammatory and, anti-carcinogenic.  They contain vitamin C, vitamin K, and are a good source of soluble fiber.

Both of these fruits are light and juicy. They serve to enhance sattvic qualities-peacefulness, balance, purity, harmony and, our innate goodness.

Keep calm and berry on!

RECIPE: BERRY GOOD DRINK

Serves 1-2

1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup coconut water
3 mint leaves
1 teaspoon raw agave nectar

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.

RECIPE: CREAMY BERRY PARFAIT

Serves 2-4 depending on the size of the glasses.

1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup coconut milk yogurt
1 teaspoon minced mint
1 tablespoon toasted or raw shredded coconut
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon raw agave nectar

In a bowl, combine the yogurt, mint, coconut, lime juice, and agave nectar and mix well.

Spoon into parfait glasses by alternating layers of the yogurt mixture with layers of the berries.

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