Celebrate the 4th with Red, White and Blue Popsicles

fruit-popsicleOur Health-e-Recipe for Berry Cherry Yogurt Popsicles is an easy-to-make summer treat for this 4th of July, especially with kids. And it’s healthier and lower in calories than many store-bought popsicles.

Berries and cherries are packed with cancer-preventing compounds including anthocyanins and ellagic acid, plus vitamin C. They may seem more expensive than other fruits, but they cost less now that they are in season and not much more than chips and other packaged foods.

Greek vanilla yogurt contains less sugar and more protein than frozen dairy desserts. And you can use fresh cherries or blackberries, too, but buying frozen unsweetened versions skips having to pit fresh cherries. If kids are helping you, note that berry juice can stain clothing so wear aprons or old shirts before starting.

Paper cups and popsicle sticks are cheap and easy to find. You can just tear off the cups when the popsicles have frozen, or just freeze without the popsicle sticks and use spoons to eat out of the cup. Enjoy these delicious pops as desserts or snacks.

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Chill Out with Fruit Soup

fruit-soup croppedFor a refreshing and healthy change, try ourHealth-e-Recipe for Chilled Fruit Soup with Berries.

Six kinds of fruit go into this slightly tropical tasting soup. First, cubed cantaloupe and both fresh and frozen strawberries and blended together with apples into a delicious pink colored liquid with a touch of lemon juice and sugar. Cantaloupe contains beta-carotene and strawberries supply you with vitamin C, while apples are a good source of cancer-fighting compounds like flavonoids.

Then fresh raspberries and blueberries decorate the soup, adding their own protective compounds of ellagic acid and anthocyanins. With only 140 calories per serving, you get 5 grams of fiber and a winning soup or smoothie to sip. If you refrigerate any leftover soup and it separates, just stir it up before serving a second time.

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Valentine’s Day Starter: Blackberry Salad

greens-with-blackberry-dressing croppedIf you’re looking for a way to make your meal elegant and still cancer-preventive, blackberries are an ideal choice. Our recipe for Baby Greens with Blackberry Vinaigrette is a perfect starter for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.
All berries contain cancer-preventing polyphenol phytochemicals. In this recipe, blackberries’ sweet-tart taste blends well with contrasting shallots and Dijon mustard in the dressing. Our recipe also puts some whole berries into the salad for an attractive combination with the salad’s greens, goat cheese and walnuts.
Blackberries may seem expensive, but if you compare them with a bag of far less nutritious chips, you get more health benefits from berries for the same cost. They have few calories and provide fiber, vitamins and phytochemicals.
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