Nov 23 2010

Berrylicious!

This week on NPR I saw a cute video explaining why berries are so good for us and some great recipes to help us get those antioxidants into our bodies.

It can be difficult to find the time to get all the fruits and vegetables into our diets that we need. Drinks and smoothies are a great way to get a lot of antioxidants in one glass.

I usually put organic, frozen strawberries and blueberries in a blender with coconut yogurt (banana/strawberry flavor). I add a half of a banana and about a half cup of fresh oj. I add water if I need more liquid. You won’t need ice when you use frozen fruit. Don’t worry if you don’t like the taste of coconut. Coconut yogurt tastes like whatever flavor you buy and it’s a great non-dairy alternative.

Here is another great antioxidant rich recipe from NPR…..

 


berrycocktail

Maggie Starbard/NPRA little Splenda keeps the calorie count down.

Low-Calorie Berry Cocktail

Makes one drink

15 to 20 blueberries

1 1/2 ounce lemon juice mix, recipe below

3 ounces iced pomegranate green tea

lemon zest

In a mixing glass, muddle blueberries and add the low-calorie lemon juice mix and iced pomegranate green tea. Fill with ice and shake until frothy.  Double strain into a rocks/tumbler glass and garnish with a lemon zest.

Low-Calorie Lemon Juice Mix

Makes enough for 10 drinks
16 ounces fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup Splenda

8 ounces water

In a pitcher, combine lemon juice, Splenda and water. Stir until Splenda is dissolved.

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