Did you know that July is Berry Month? Celebrate with some of these fun berry recipes and facts.
- Most berries contain potassium, which helps keep your blood pressure low.
- Berries contain fiber, which is great for heart health. For every cup of berries you eat, you'll also be getting 2-3 grams of fiber.
- These fruits are chock-full of phytochemicals that may help lower your risk of cancer.
- Berries are an excellent diversion for a sweet tooth. A single cup of strawberries has just 50 calories, while 2 cookies (of about the same weight as the strawberries) contain 160 calories and 8 grams of fat.
Berry Freezer Jam
- 1 cup crushed fresh strawberries
- 1 cup crushed fresh raspberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 package (1.75 oz) powdered pectin
- 1/2 cup water
- Combine strawberries and sugar, then let stand for 20 minutes.
- Combine pectin and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Let boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Pour the pectin mixture over strawberry mixture, and stir constantly for 3 minutes.
- Pour jam into jelly jars or frozen food containers, leaving 1/2 inch of space at the top of each jar.
- Cover at once, then let cool to room temperature.
- Refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 1 year
- Makes approximately three cups.
- Use this tasty jam to top yogurt, oatmeal, or whole grain toast.
Berry Whipped Cream Cup
Whipped cream can be a diet ally -- if you use it as a way to eat more fresh fruit, rather than adding still more calories to a bowl of ice cream. Two tablespoons of light whipped cream contain just 15 calories. That's about the size of a ping pong ball. Use a small serving of whipped cream to top berries and voila -- an elegant dessert that is made in minutes.
Slice fresh berries and top them with whole grain cereal - it will look like a fancy streusal topping and is full of vitamins and minerals.
When berries get a little too ripe, freeze them before they go bad. Then you can blend the frozen berries with skim milk and vanilla to create a healthful and cool treat for summer.
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