Sweet Strawberry & Acai Berry Smoothie

Sweet Strawberry & Acai Berry Smoothie

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by GreenEatingGirl from Cleveland

9 – 12 large fresh strawberries
1 celery rib
1/2 large apple
1 banana
1/4 – 1/2 lemon
1 acai smoothie pack-thawed* (I use samazon brand – unsweetened)
1/2 – 1 packet of NuStevia or 1tbsp. light agave nectar (for sweetness)

If using a blender, blend all ingredients and enjoy. If using a juicer, blend all ingredients except for acai smoothie pack and sweetener. Pour juice in to large glass and stir in acai smoothie pack and sweetener.

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Acia Berry Juice

Acia Berry Juice
(Acai Berry Juice)

Acai JuiceHave you heard about acia berry juice (Acai Berry Juice) and wondered where to buy acai? Antioxidant-fruits.com has done extensive research on acai berries and acai juice benefits. Please note the other pages devoted to the acai berry on this site:

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Desserts with Lychee

Lychee Fruit Desserts

lychee

lychee

Lychee fruit offers many gourmet desserts in the form of parfaits and mousses. Lychees are a great tasty fruit for desserts. During the summer months, lychees are found in abundance in the Asian markets. A great thirst quencher that seems to be very popular is the frosty lychee tapioca drink. Canned lychees are also available year round. They are packed in sweet syrup in the same way that canned peaches are. The syrup that they come packed in make them seem even sweeter than they are. The syrup can be used to boost the flavor of the lychee. Since lychees are antioxidant fruits, they are healthy for you no matter how they are served. Lychees can be served as a pie topping whether they have been peeled or not (they will have to be peeled in order to be eaten, of course).

There are some lychee desserts that take about 5 minutes to make. They are low in fat which is another healthy benefit. A good dessert in Asia is the dessert soup that is made with leftover bananas and lychees. Depending on the weather and the type of mood you are in, this simple banana lychee dessert can be served warm or cold. Lychees can be used to make ice cream whether they are canned or not. This tasty treat is a kid’s pure delight! For the best results, make sure they are well ripened. More lychee dessert recipes can be found on the internet or in cook books.

What recipes do you use lychee fruits in?

Blueberry Tart

Blueberry TartBlueberry Tart Recipe from the Cleveland Healthy Heart Cookbook

From the Cleveland Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook, copyright 2007, published by Broadway Books.

Frozen puff pastry comes to the rescue for a quickly assembled dessert that can be adapted as various seasonal fruits arrive at the market.

Makes 12 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • Refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 1 quart fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup sugar substitute
  • Unbleached all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (1/2 of a 17.3 oz. package), thawed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Frozen light whipped topping, thawed (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the over to 400°F. Coat a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Place the berries in a bowl. Stir in cornstarch, lemon zest and sugar substitute, making sure that all berries are well coated.

3. On a lightly floured board, roll the puff pastry to a 12 x 14-inch rectangle. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

4. Mound the berries on the pastry, leaving a 1-1/2 inch border. Fold in the four corners. Using wet fingers bring up the border of the dough over the edge of the berries, pleating as you go to form a rustic free-form oval or rectangle. Sprinkle the berries with lemon juice.

5. Generously coat the top of the tart with cooking spray and bake 40 to 45 minutes, until the berries are cooked and the pastry is golden.

6. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of light whipped topping, if desired.

Calories: 140
Protein: 2g
Carbs: 20g
Fiber: 3g
Fat: 6g
Sodium: 70mg

VARIATION: Apple Currant Tart

Substitute 3 large peeled, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples for the berries. Add ¼ cup dried currants that have been softened in 2 tablespoons dry sherry. Reduce the sugar substitute to 2 tablespoons. Add ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon. Bake according to master recipe.

Looking for more delicious ways to eat healthy? You’ll find 150 taste-tempting recipes in the Cleveland Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook.

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ANTIOXIDANT FRUITS

Elderberry Recipes

Recipes for Fresh Elderberry

elderberries

elderberries

Elderberry Recipes can be a wonderful and healthy addition to many of your favorite recipes. You will be surprised at how many great elderberry recipes are available. Work your way through them and you will not be surprised at how much you enjoy them. Take this recipe for elderberry jelly for example. Not only is it delicious but with the antioxidant properties you don’t have to feel guilty eating it.

Elderberry Jelly

  • 3 1/2 cups Elderberry juice (about 3 1/2 lbs. ripe berries)
  • 1/2 c Fresh, strained lemon juice
  • 7 1/2 c Sugar
  • 1 package Powdered fruit pectin (some, like a crabapple jelly recipe, does not require pectin but since elderberry is lower in pectin it will require the addition)

Instructions:

  • Remove the stems from the Elderberries and place in large kettle
  • Crush berries, cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes
  • Strain juice through jelly bag or piece of cheesecloth
  • Measure juice making sure you about 3 1/2 cups. If you don’t you can add apple juice to make up the difference
  • Add lemon juice and pour into kettle.
  • Add sugar
  • Heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Add pectin (some, like a crabapple jelly recipe does not require pectin but since elderberry is lower in pectin it will require the addition). Bring to a full boil and boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat, skim off foam and pour into hot jars
  • Makes 3-4 half pints of elderberry jelly. Enjoy on top of a fresh, homemade slice of Elderberry bread.

Here are some additional elderberry recipes for you to try:

Are sweets just not your thing? Looking for another way to use elderberries? You can also make incredible, tart vinegar by following this Elderberry vinegar recipe:

Elderberry Vinegar

  • 2 c Elderberries, stemmed
  • Vinegar

Instructions:

  • Place 2 cups of stemmed elderberries in an ovenproof dish and cover with vinegar.
  • Cook at 300 F for 1 1/2 hours, or until the berries burst.
  • Let the mixture stand overnight
  • Strain through a jelly bag or piece of cheese cloth.

Fresh Peach Recipes

Have You Picked Peaches?  Check Out These Fresh Peach Recipes

peach fuzzThe best fresh peach recipes, including peach crisp recipes, peach schnapps recipe, recipe for peach pie, fresh peach cobbler and peach tart recipe.

There is nothing better then using fresh peaches in your favorite recipe. Here are some great fresh peach recipes to keep you cooking well into fall.

Craving some new peach crisp recipes? Try this one on for size:

Peach Crisp Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh peaches, peeled, pitted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup soft butter

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375F. Use a buttered or non-stick coated 8 inch pie dish.
Slice peeled, pitted peaches into the prepared baking dish. Sift together the flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender cut the butter into the flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over peaches in baking dish. Bake at 375F for 45 to 50 minutes, until topping is golden brown and peaches are tender. Make sure to serve warm and add a bit of whipped cream for an extra sweet treat.

Is a peach schnapps recipe more what you are looking for? Take a look at this one good with any variety of fresh, ripe peaches:

Peach Schnapps Recipe

Directions:

  • Peel 12 medium size peaches (much easier to do if you dip in boiling water for about 30 seconds and then immediately stick in cool water.
  • Remove pits and cut in fourths
  • Put both the peaches and pits in a glass jar with tight-fitting lid.
  • Cover with clear, unflavored, 80 proof vodka
  • Let sit at room temperature in a dark area for 1-2 months shaking lightly and tasting every couple of weeks.
  • Strain the mixture into a glass with tight-fitting lid.
  • Store in a dark, room temperature place for at least 1 month before serving.
  • Serve at room temperature, closing the bottle tightly between servings.

Peach Tart Recipe more your speed? Try this one for your next family get together and I am sure you will have many compliments:

Peach Tart Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5 c. ripe, sliced fresh peaches
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 6 baked 5” tart shells
  • 8 fresh peach slices
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 4 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

Combine and let stand for 20 minutes peaches, sugar, and lemon juice. Drain 1 cup juice into a measuring cup (if juice does not equal 1 cup, fill the rest of the cup with water). Blend cornstarch into juice. Cook mixture until transparent and cool. Divide the fruit between the tart shells. Spoon the cold sauce over each tart to form a glaze and chill until set. Use the whipped cream and slices for a garnish. This makes 6 servings so adjust ingredients accordingly.If you are still looking for some great peach recipes like a recipe for peach pie or a fresh peach cobbler recipe try these sites:

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