Rockin’ Raspberries!!

raspberriesWhen I was growing up my father kept an awesome garden in our backyard- we had grape vines, corn stalks, a cherry tree, lettuce, peppers- I could go on and on!!!  One of my favorite things we had in our yard were raspberry bushes- they grew along the fence and we would pick and eat them everyday.  I have memories of my mom handing me a bowl and asking me to go out and fill the bowl with tons of plump, juicy raspberries to have with our dinner.  At the time I did not realize how healthy these little berries were -I only knew they tasted delicious!!  Raspberries have 50% higher antioxidant levels than strawberries, 3X that of kiwi, and 10X that of a tomato.  They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Manganese, Riboflavin, Folate, Niacin, Magnesium and Potassium.  They are high in fiber and very low in calories- one cup has 8 grams of fiber and only 64 calories!  Raspberries contain Quercitin which is a bioflavonoid that inhibits the release of histamine and is said to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.  They also contain high amounts of Ellagic Acid, a phenolic compound that inhibits the growth of cancer cells.  Can you believe all of this in a little red berry???

Ways to eat raspberries:

  • straight off a bush
  • in a big bowl with chopsticks!!!
  • mix them with other berries for an antioxidant rich fruit salad
  • my daughters favorite way to eat them is dipped into a homemade coconut cream!!!   YUM


Sunrise Slushie

1/2 pineapple

1 cup raspberries

lots of ice

Blend and drink!!!

So Good Smoothie

1 mango

2 bananas

1 cup raspberries

1/2 cup water

1-2 tbsp. sweetener if desired (agave, honey or maple syrup)

Blend and enjoy!!!

Raspberry Sorbet

1 bag frozen organic raspberries

2-4 tbsp. of sweetener (agave, honey or maple syrup)

Blend together and garnish with fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint!!

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3 thoughts on “Rockin’ Raspberries!!

  1. Swear, I’m totally eating raspberries right now for lunch!! What’s this coconut cream? Don’t tease me now, I need coconut cream!!!!

  2. I wonder how hard it is to grow the raspberries. It probably be SO much cheaper than buying them at the store. I could eat an entire little pint thing every day – and that would add up quickly. Jackson likes them, too… but they do make a mess all over his face.

    • It is so easy to grow raspberries, when we had the bushes they spread like wildfires….after the first year they just keep coming back and spreading!!! I am going to be getting a few raspberry bushes from my mom this year as well as her fig tree!!!

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