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Chilled Fruit Soup: Berries + Kefir

Chilled fruit soup-Berries and KefirWith antioxidant-rich berries and probiotic-rich kefir, this chilled soup is delicious and nutritious. Enjoy as an appetizer, snack, or simple dessert. To adjust the sweetness, just add more or less black raspberry powder!

INGREDIENTS

  • Dairy kefir (plain)
  • Black raspberry powder
  • Frozen wild blueberries, defrosted

STEPS for 1 serving (about 1/2 cup)

  • Pour about 1/3 cup kefir into each individual serving bowl.
  • Add black raspberry powder to taste; mix.
  • Add defrosted wild blueberries and mix.
  • Garnish with a few more blueberries.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Kefir

Green Valley Organics Kefir. I like Green Valley Organics Kefir because it’s organic, a tad sweet with no more carbs than other plain kefirs — and it’s an amazing source of probiotic bacteria (good gut bugs). I was blown away when I learned that per 8 ounce serving, this kefir contains about 590 billion CFUs or colony forming units of probiotic bacteria from 10 different strains! That’s a lot more than most probiotic supplements!

organic black raspberry powderI love Virgin Extracts Pure Premium Raw Freeze Dried Organic Black Raspberry Powder Extract Concentrate because it’s organic (even though it just says so in fine print on the back of the package), tastes great, is super convenient, and ess expensive than fresh black raspberries — though it’s certainly not cheap.

What makes black raspberries (which, BTW, are not the same as blackberries) so healthy? Check out this extensive list of nutrition and health benefits.

Enjoy and be healthy!
~ Leni

Black Raspberry Powder

Sparkling mineral water with black raspberry powder
Sparkling mineral water with black raspberry powder

Last year I bought black raspberries at the farmer’s market. They were expensive and a bit moldy. And they didn’t taste nearly as good as I imagined they would. Fortunately, on Amazon I found Virgin Extracts Pure Premium Raw Freeze Dried Organic Black Raspberry Powder Extract Concentrate — a great-tasting superfood. I use it to add flavor and color to sparking mineral water and yogurt.

What makes black raspberries so good for you? Like the other berries, they are potent antioxidants with anti-cancer properties. Here’s some information on the rat and human studies related to black raspberries and cancer prevention and treatment.

As you may have noticed if you clicked on the Amazon link, this black raspberry powder is very expensive. However, compared to fresh berries, it’s a steal! Besides, what price can you put on good health?

Enjoy and be healthy!
~Leni

Chocolate: Bars, Chips and Nibs

chocolates for tasting
The chocolates we sampled in our taste test. (Absent from photo: Cocoa nibs)

At a dinner party recently we had a chocolate tasting in place of a traditional dessert. It was a lot of fun!

The chocolates we sampled met the following criteria for healthfulness:

CHOCOLATE BARS

CHOCOLATE CHIPS

CACAO NIBS

  • Cacao Nibs. Cacao nibs are broken up cacao beans. So they are 100% cacao! They are bitter and crunchy (like coffee beans). Look for cacao nibs in health food stores and on Amazon. Choose the roasted, not the raw nibs. Roasting reduces the phytates which bind minerals and make them less available.

OUR TASTE TEST WINNERS

  • Best taste but at a high price:  Spag n Vola
  • Great taste and at a great price: Alter Eco

Enjoy and be healthy!
~Leni