Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) July 20, 2016
Brookhaven Retreat®, LLC, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, recognizes National Blueberry Month by sharing a Blueberry Mint Lemonade Recipe in July.
July is proclaimed as National Blueberry Month by the United States Department of Agriculture. This month is used to promote the nutritional benefits, health benefits, and popularity of blueberries. Native to North America, blueberries are grown in 35 out of 50 states in North America. Blueberry season typically runs from April through October.
Blueberries get their vivid blue hue from a strong antioxidant called anthocyanin. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber. Due to their rich nutrients, blueberries can help improve your cardiovascular health, brain health, insulin response, and decrease your cancer risk. They have also been found to have a positive effect on many of the body’s functions, including vision, circulation, and brain activity.
Brookhaven Retreat recognizes the importance of having a balanced diet filled with nutritious fruits and vegetables for a healthy wellbeing. As part of The Lily Program®, a 90-day treatment for women offered exclusively at Brookhaven Retreat, clients are provided a spa-infused, heart-healthy customized menu. During the summer months, blueberries are offered in several menu items including yogurts, smoothies, salads, breads, teas, and lemonades.
During July, Brookhaven Retreat shares a Blueberry Mint Lemonade recipe with clients and staff in recognition of National Blueberry Month. Below is the recipe:
Blueberry Mint Lemonade
- 4 cups water
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons)
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 small lemons, sliced
- 1/3 cup fresh mint
- Stevia, to taste
- Juice lemons into a large pitcher; add water, then stir to combine
- Add blueberries, lemon slices, and mint.
- Add Stevia honey to sweeten, if desired.
About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.