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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Bright Berry Pudding

berry-pudding croppedOur Health-e-Recipe for Red Berry Pudding with Cream gets high marks for being a healthy, low-calorie and beautiful holiday dessert.

Using unsweetened frozen raspberries and strawberries keeps this dessert low in calories. That way, you can control the sweetness by adding only the small amount the recipe calls for. Ditto for the light cream.

Berries are powerhouses of cancer-preventive phytochemicals. AICR grantees and other researchers are continuing to find polyphenols and other health-boosting compounds in all kinds of berries. This holiday season, fill your plate with a variety of berries and other plant foods — vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seasonings — to get the most cancer protection and keep calories low.

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