Raspberries are one of summer’s great delights and one of my favorite
fruits. I always look forward to berry season. It means bowls of
sweet, juicy, fresh raspberries. If you have never considered adding
them to smoothies then please do so. With a milder flavor than say
blueberries, and a bit more sharpness than strawberries, they complement
almost any other fruit. They will add a sweet tang to any raspberry
smoothie, without the need for any further sweetening.And because they are high in fiber and low in sugar, they are great for weight loss.Raspberries
offer an abundance of health benefits. They are rich in vitamin C,
(one cup will give you half of your daily recommended allowance), and
also contain vitamin A and vitamin E.. High in fiber and low in sugar,
they are great for helping with weight loss.Raspberries have one
of the most diverse range of phytonutrients of almost any other fruit,
from anthocyanins, flavonols, tannins and ellagic acid. These
phytonutrients not only have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits,
but are in significant enough quantities to protect us against
oxidative stress and the dangers of excessive inflammation.
Buying and Storing
Raspberries are plentiful from June until October in the northern
hemisphere and from December to April in the southern hemisphere. When
buying look for fruit with a deep red color. Select berries that are
firm and plump, but avoid anything which is soft, mushy or moldy. If
you are buying berries that are pre-packed make sure they are not packed
too tightly, otherwise they will crush and become damaged.Raspberries
are highly perishable and once purchased should be used within one or
two days, otherwise, they will need to be frozen. To prepare for
freezing, wash gently and pat with a paper towel. Arrange the berries
in a single layer on a flat tray and place in the freezer. Once frozen,
transfer to a plastic freezer bag.These little berries are very
fragile, so great care should be taken while storing them. .Once
purchased remove any berries that are moldy or spoiled, otherwise they
will spoil the rest. The remaining ones can be stored in their original
container or transferred to a wide bowl or plate. Then cover with
plastic wrap. They will keep unwashed in your refrigerator for one or
two days only.
How to Use in Smoothies
Raspberries can be added to smoothies either fresh or frozen. But because of their short shelf life, frozen berries might be more practicable. Remember, if you wouldn’t eat them, don’t throw them into your blender.
Creamy Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie
Ingredients1 frozen banana1 c frozen raspberries1 ½ cups almond milk½ c Greek yogurt1 tablespoon cacao1 tablespoon almond butter1 tablespoon flaxseeds2 teaspoons vanilla extractHow to MakeCombine the banana, raspberries, almond milk, Greek yogurt, cacao, almond butter, flaxseeds and vanilla extract and blender until thick and creamy.Pour into two large glasses and serve.
Raspberry Mint Smoothie
Ingredients1 frozen banana1 cup frozen raspberries1 ½ cups almond milk1 cup vanilla yogurt1 tablespoon fresh mintHow to MakeBlend together the banana, raspberries, almond milk, vanilla yogurt and fresh mint until smooth and velvety.Pour into two glasses and decorate with fresh raspberries. Enjoy.
Raspberry Melon Smoothie
Ingredients1 c raspberries1 c chopped cantaloupe melon1 frozen banana1 c almond milkHow to MakeRoughly chop the cantaloupe into chunks. Exact measurements are not necessary here. Use more or less according to taste.Place the raspberries, cantaloupe, banana and milk into a blender and process until smooth.Makes 2 small glasses
Raspberry and Peach Smoothie
Ingredients2 peaches, stoned and quartered1 c frozen raspberries½ c Greek style yogurt1 c almond milkHow to MakePlace all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute or until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy.Pour into serving glasses.
Very Cherry Raspberry Smoothie
Ingredients1 cup pitted cherries1 frozen banana1 cup of raspberries½ cup apple juiceHow to Make You can use fresh or frozen cherries for this recipe, but if using fresh cherries you will need to remove the pits first. Place cherries, raspberries, banana and apple juice into a blender and process for 1 minute or until smooth. Add ice if you prefer a thicker smoothie.Makes 1 glass