This yummy little treat doubles as a snack or healthy dessert. It’s super satisfying and just packed with antioxidants and juicy goodness.
Here’s how to make this snack:
2 T dark chocolate pieces (I’m using Enjoy Life)
2 T pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup raspberries
I’ve gotten great suggestions from my Instagram followers about what else to add, like coconut flakes, walnuts and a little cinnamon.
Do any of those sound good to you? What would you add?
Here’s some of the reasons why this little snack is really good for you.
Blueberries are repeatedly ranked as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among ALL fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings.
What are antioxidants? They optimize your health by combating the free radicals that abound from environmental toxins, chemicals and stress – free radicals that can damage DNA and cell structures.
RAW berries give you the greatest dose of these powerful nutrients.
Red raspberries are a total powerhouse! Recent studies have shown organic raspberries to be higher in antioxidant capacity than non-organic. Go for the fully ripe ones to get the maximum benefit.
These juicy berries are high in Vitamin C, manganese and fiber. They also contain vitamin K, folate, omega 3’s, copper, Vitamin E and potassium.
Raspberry phytonutrients have been shown to play an important role in lowering oxidative stress, reducing inflammation, and thereby altering the development or reproduction of cancer cells.
Pumpkin Seeds are also incredibly rich in antioxidants like zinc, manganese and an especially wide variety of Vitamin E.
Manganese helps the body form connective tissue and plays an important role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism.
Dark Chocolate is…well, amazing. It is literally one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet!
It’s got iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and plenty of potassium, zinc, phosphorus and selenium…that’s the raw cacao that chocolate is made from.
So when you buy it go for 70% dark or higher when possible and check the other ingredients – a little sugar is good but you don’t want a ton of additives.
Try this out and share your favorite mini snack!
- Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission: Berry Health Benefits for Oregon State; 2015
- Vitamin C: U.S National Library of Medicine; 2/18/13 Medline Plus
- National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Release 26, US Department of Agriculture-ARS 2011
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- ACS.org March 18; 2014