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“Spring” into Fresh, Fruity & Healthy Flavors with Nutri Maqui

As the winter chill becomes a distant memory, and we transition into spring’s vibrant colors and sunny warmth, it’s time for a seasonal shift in our diets as well. Instead of hearty bone broths and root vegetables, spring calls for light, crisp and refreshing flavors that keep us cool as the weather heats up.

So, for a fruity treat that satisfies your sweet tooth, quenches your thirst and fuels your body with nutrients, try these healthy popsicle bites. Featuring the bold tanginess and antioxidant benefits of Nutri Maqui Superfruit Juice, this recipe is a perfect afternoon snack for the kids or crowd-pleasing dessert at your next backyard cookout!

Note: This recipe yields 8 servings, so adjust the ingredients accordingly to feed large groups.

 

Nutri Maqui Popsicle Bites

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. Nutri Maqui Superfruit Juice

1/2 c. Fresh Strawberries

1/3 c. Plain Greek Yogurt

1 sprig Fresh Sage Leaves

1 tsp. Raw Honey

All-Natural Stevia (to taste)

Nutri Maqui Popsicles Ingredient List

Directions:

 

  1. Hull the strawberries and slice into bite-size chunks.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree into liquefied.
  3. Line a mini muffin pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper.
  4. Spoon the mixture into eight of the muffin pan slots.
  5. Place the muffin pan in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from the freezer and insert toothpicks in the center of each popsicle mold.
  7. Return to the freezer for another 30 minutes or until the popsicles have set completely.
  8. Lift up the plastic wrap in order to cleanly detach the popsicles from the muffin pan.
  9. Drizzle more honey on top for extra sweetness if desired.
  10. Enjoy…go ahead, it’s guilt-free!

Nutri Maqui Popsicles Before Freezing

Nutri Maqui Popsicles After Freezing

Studies at Rutgers University & North Carolina State Univ on Maqui

Maqui Tree“Scientists at Rutgers University and North Carolina State University find that extracts from maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis) may help prevent blood sugar spikes and help type 2 diabetics avoid further complications.

An anthocyanin-rich formulation from maqui berry was associated with improvements in fasting blood glucose levels in addition to better glucose tolerance in diabetic obese mice, according to findings published in the journal Food Chemistry.

“To our knowledge, this is the first report describing the anti-diabetic properties and potential mode of action of maqui berry anthocyanins,” researchers reported.

“As maqui berry’s anthocyanins are regularly consumed as fresh fruits or juice concentrates, we propose [the anthocyanin-rich formulation] as a novel natural source of potentially safe anti-diabetic compounds.”

Led by Rutgers’ Leonel Rojo, the researchers investigated the potential anti-diabetic effects of an anthocyanin-rich extract of maqui berry in obese, diabetic mice.

Results showed that seven weeks of supplementing a high-fat diet with the maqui berry extract “improved fasting blood glucose levels and glucose tolerance in hyperglycemic obese mice.”

Rojo and his co-workers said that additional studies will need to elucidate how the maqui anthocyanins are absorbed or eliminated, as well as their potential interactions with the intestinal microflora.

“Further investigations into the effects of [maqui berry] on the glucose metabolism of type 2 diabetes patients will need to be completed for the most effective use of [maqui berry] for the treatment and prevention of the disease.”

Food Chemistry 131(2): 387-396, 2012

 

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