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blueberry crumble a la mode In preparation for Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 14th, we have created a heart-healthy recipe in line with our Balanced Care Method™. The Method is a holistic approach to healthy aging that promotes a healthy diet, physical activity, mental stimulation, socialization and a sense of calm and purpose. This recipe for Berry Crumble à la Mode is both delicious and nutritious, containing berries and oats. Berries are high in antioxidants, polyphenols, anthocyanins and fiber which are beneficial to heart health. Research has shown that berries can increase good cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Oats are also among the top 10 heart-healthy foods and contain fiber to help reduce bad cholesterol. Share this tasty dessert with a Valentine, family member or friend for an extra-special, heart-healthy Valentine’s Day! Berry Crumble à la Mode Ingredients 3 cups blueberries 2 cups blackberries 1 cup raspberries 2 tbsp. brown sugar 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 tbsp. lemon juice 2/3 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup regular oats ¾ tsp ground cinnamon 4 ½ tbsp. almond butter (healthier alternative to butter or margarine) 2 cups vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°
  2. Combine the berries with 2 tbsp. of brown sugar, lemon juice and 1 tbsp. of flour in a medium mixing bowl. Distribute mixture among six individual ramekins.
  3. Combine the rest of the flour with the brown sugar, oats, cinnamon and butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle this mixture over the berry mixture in the ramekins.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly. When ready, carefully remove from the oven and top with frozen yogurt. Yum!
Try your own variety of berries to tailor this dish to your liking! Enjoy it fresh out of the oven for a heart-healthy and delicious treat after dinner. For more information on our Balanced Care way of living, visit www.HomeCareAssistance.com/Balanced-Care-Method. Sources http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/blueberry-crisp-la-mode-0 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3068482/ http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20080215/berries-good-for-heart http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/the-new-cholesterol-diet-oatmeal-oat-bran
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