Summer is here, which means that berry season has arrived in Quebec, giving local merchants and fresh berry lovers reason to rejoice! Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are packed with antioxidants known to prevent many diseases, including certain forms of cancer.

Numerous studies have shown that eating fresh fruits and vegetables help reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. And they are so delicious this time of year how can one resist!

Stock up for winter

Stock up on fresh berries now while the season lasts as these tiny treasures are not alway easy or budget friendly to find. Buy them in bulk and freeze them so that you can continue to enjoy the benefits of these delicious treats even during the winter months. Enjoy this healthy and refreshing smoothie recipe from the CCAC’s kitchen!

Berry Smoothie :

–       4 cups of any berries of your choice
–       1/3 cup of juice of your choice
–       1 tsp of maple syrup
–       a few fresh mint leaves

Puree the berries until you get a mixture that is not too smooth or too lumpy

Add the maple syrup and mix well

Let it stand in the freezer for 2 hours

Remove from the freezer and let it defrost for about 10 minutes

Add mint leaves for decoration and enjoy!