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Wellbody Recipe: The Seahawks' Winning Blueberry Smoothies

BowHillBlueberriesA peek at the Seahawks’ grocery list: 60 dozen organic free-range eggs (just for one week!), crates of organic veggies, luscious blueberries grown organically on a local farm. No sodas or junk food at the Seahawks practice facility in Renton, writes Tan Vinh in the Seattle Times. No deep-fried food. French fries are baked.

Want to know what quarterback Russell Wilson eats for breakfast?

A modest bowl of steel-cut oats, grapes and one fried duck egg, Vinh writes in his fascinating account of a kitchen conversation with Seahawks’ chef Mac McNabb.

About those blueberries: McNabb orders the blue gems from Bow Hill Blueberries, a family farm in Skagit Valley. Blueberry farmer Susan Soltes personally delivers the berries to the Seahawks training facility – 90 pounds at a time – for Chef McNabb to use in smoothies and scones.

A powerhouse among fruits, blueberries have one of the highest levels of antioxidants among all foods. Most of the antioxidant strength comes from anthocyanin, the pigment that gives the berries their blue hue. 

Low in calories, blueberries are also high in polyphenols and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients associated with lower abdominal fat. Less belly fat means better glucose control and reduced risk of both heart disease and diabetes. Less inflammation lowers risks of certain cancers. Blueberries are also a terrific source of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber. What's not to like?

Next Blue Friday, how ‘bout whipping up a blue Seahawks smoothie?

Here’s Soltes’ recipe:

Bow Hill Blueberries’ 

Super Blue Seahawks Smoothie

1 cup Straus Family Creamery organic maple yogurt OR Grace Harbor Farms honey yogurt OR add 1 -2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey to plain yogurt

1 ½ cups frozen organic blueberries

1/4 cup apple juice (approximately)

For a nutritional boost, add a scoop of organic protein powder, chia seeds and/or chopped kale.

Blend and sip.

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