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There’s a new superfruit gaining popularity in the food industry. The aronia berry, also known as the chokeberry, is claimed to be one of healthiest berries on the market. And unlike some others fruits, aronia berries can be found right in the eastern U.S.

Compared to the wildly popular blueberry, the highly acclaimed acai berry, and the sweet-tasting raspberry, the aronia berry stands out due to its numerous health benefits. It’s low in sugar and is a good source of both fiber and iron. But perhaps the best quality of this superfruit is that it contains plenty of antioxidants. Not only does this provide the body with vitamins C and E, but it helps protect the body from free radicals that can cause bodily damage.

Unfortunately, the high concentration of antioxidants makes the aronia berry extremely tart and nearly inedible when raw. But they taste great in wines, spreads, and juices. There are a number of ways to make this superfruit a part of your diet. Lifestyle blogger Taralynn McNitt offers an aronia berry super smoothie recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Aroniaberry concentrate
  • ½ grapefruit
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Organic Whey protein powder

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Mix on high.

To add a little touch to your smoothie, feel free to rim your glass with a thin layer of organic honey and ground flax. Finally, top off your drink with a slice of grapefruit. There you have it, the perfect summer super smoothie — healthy never tasted so good!

-Sarah Santos 

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