I LOVE berries; and as the summer draws to a close, I have been stockpiling berries in preparation for their months of absence. And although some of you are doing the same, some of you aren’t; so today I’m sharing a guest post dedicated entirely to the berry, that I hope inspires you to get freezing. Check out this video, all about freezing food effectively– read: not in giant chunks!
Increase Your Antioxidant Intake with Healthy Berry Desserts
Fruit is nature’s candy, and as such it has always been there for me as a healthy and fulfilling alternative to store bought sugar binges. The lovely berries used in these healthy desserts pack major vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that the body needs. Antioxidants add energy, vitality and a boost to the immune system (among other things that need more research such as cancer prevention and anti-aging). If you can’t add enough berries in your diet daily, consider taking a vitamin C supplement such as Camu Camu. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that your body needs for normal function. Load up on these healthy options when your sweet tooth starts acting up, and increase the antioxidants that your body needs.
Homemade Berry Chocolate Frozen Yogurt
This delicious low-fat desert has probiotics, antioxidants and is super easy to make without an ice-cream maker. The cacao powder delivers a lot of good antioxidants – just a gram of natural cacao powder contains about 34.6 mg of flavanol. Equally healthy are the blackberries; one ounce has 10% DV of vitamin C, 7% DV of Vitamin K and 6% DV of dietary fiber according to nutrition data.self.com. For 1 serving of frozen yogurt simply gather the following ingredients:
1 cup of organic Greek plain yogurt
2 1/2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of sugar, or your sweetener of choice
A handful of rinsed berries
1 ice-cream cone
Combine yogurt, cocoa powder, and sweetener in a bowl until it is smooth and then scoop mixture into an ice cube tray. Cover and freeze for an hour and a half, then remove from freezer. You want parts of the cubes to be slightly melty so you can blend it easier. Remove the cubes from tray and blend in a blender until creamy, stir in berries and serve in cone.
This treat is a healthier take on traditional berry crisps. One cup of blueberries has 24% DV of vitamin C and is also a great source of vitamin K and manganese. Using Splenda brown sugar in the place of regular brown sugar will avoid loads of empty calories. This recipe also uses a butter substitute that cuts the calories and saturated fat by only using half of the butter originally called for, and replacing the rest with Greek yogurt. I love this recipe as a nice way to indulge, while staying on track with a healthy diet.
The ingredients include the following:
3 cups of fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons whole grain flour
1 tsp stevia
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
Zest of 1/2 small orange
1 dash of salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon chilled organic butter cut into pea-sized bits
1/2 tablespoon plain organic Greek yogurt
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and wash your blueberries leaving them slightly wet. Using your hands, add the stevia along with the orange zest to coat the berries. Pour the berry mixture into a 9-inch pie plate and clean the bowl to use for oat topping. Mix the flour, stevia, oats, salt and cinnamon. Mix in the Greek yogurt. Then use your hands to mix in the butter bits. Lightly sprinkle the mixture over the blueberries and bake for 25 minutes. The berries should bubble and topping should be golden and crispy.
Healthy Berry Grape Glushy…a little something for the adults!
If you are craving something sweet, or a fruity cocktail, this dessert slushy is for you. It is sweet, healthy and really easy to make without adding any sugar. You can add blackberries for more antioxidants. The coloring that makes these fruits purple contains tons flavonoids. Ingredients for 2 (12oz) servings:
2 cups purple grapes
1 cup blueberries 1/4 cup grape juice 1/4 cup wine 1 cup ice cubes