Sweet Strawberry & Acai Berry Smoothie

by admin on October 10, 2016

Sweet Strawberry & Acai Berry Smoothie


by GreenEatingGirl from Cleveland

9 – 12 large fresh strawberries
1 celery rib
1/2 large apple
1 banana
1/4 – 1/2 lemon
1 acai smoothie pack-thawed* (I use samazon brand – unsweetened)
1/2 – 1 packet of NuStevia or 1tbsp. light agave nectar (for sweetness)

If using a blender, blend all ingredients and enjoy. If using a juicer, blend all ingredients except for acai smoothie pack and sweetener. Pour juice in to large glass and stir in acai smoothie pack and sweetener.

Looking for a great smoothie blender?  Read our review of the Vitamix 5200 here.


Acia Berry Juice

by admin on October 10, 2016

Acia Berry Juice
(Acai Berry Juice)

Acai JuiceHave you heard about acia berry juice (Acai Berry Juice) and wondered where to buy acai? Antioxidant-fruits.com has done extensive research on acai berries and acai juice benefits. Please note the other pages devoted to the acai berry on this site:

Acai Berries are grown primarily in the South American Amazon region of the world and has been the fruit of choice of many people from this area of the world for some time. Only recently has it exploded as one of the world’s great superfoods (superfood = a food deemed to provide significant nutrition and benefit to one’s health) when it was featured on the Oprah Show and on Good Morning America. The berry is pronounced, “ah-sigh-ee” and has quickly become a popular ingredient in health drinks and supplements alike because of its high concentration of antioxidants. The berries have twice the amount of antioxidants as blueberries and 10 times that of grapes.

Acai Juice Benefits Include:

  • antioxidants
  • phytonutrients
  • essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, & 9)
  • vitamins and minerals
  • complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber
  • amino acids, trace minerals

Drinking acai berry juice once a day can seriously help your health and antioxidant fighting powers. It also does wonders on your digestive health, as with many fruits, the fiber it brings to your system helps to relieve constipation. Deciding on an acai berry drink is sometimes difficult. Everyone’s taste buds are different. We’ve listed four different acia berry juice below that readers of antioxidant-fruits.com really enjoy.



Desserts with Lychee

by admin on September 7, 2016

Lychee Fruit Desserts



Lychee fruit offers many gourmet desserts in the form of parfaits and mousses. Lychees are a great tasty fruit for desserts. During the summer months, lychees are found in abundance in the Asian markets. A great thirst quencher that seems to be very popular is the frosty lychee tapioca drink. Canned lychees are also available year round. They are packed in sweet syrup in the same way that canned peaches are. The syrup that they come packed in make them seem even sweeter than they are. The syrup can be used to boost the flavor of the lychee. Since lychees are antioxidant fruits, they are healthy for you no matter how they are served. Lychees can be served as a pie topping whether they have been peeled or not (they will have to be peeled in order to be eaten, of course).

There are some lychee desserts that take about 5 minutes to make. They are low in fat which is another healthy benefit. A good dessert in Asia is the dessert soup that is made with leftover bananas and lychees. Depending on the weather and the type of mood you are in, this simple banana lychee dessert can be served warm or cold. Lychees can be used to make ice cream whether they are canned or not. This tasty treat is a kid’s pure delight! For the best results, make sure they are well ripened. More lychee dessert recipes can be found on the internet or in cook books.

What recipes do you use lychee fruits in?


Blueberry Tart

by admin on September 6, 2016

Blueberry TartBlueberry Tart Recipe from the Cleveland Healthy Heart Cookbook

From the Cleveland Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook, copyright 2007, published by Broadway Books.

Frozen puff pastry comes to the rescue for a quickly assembled dessert that can be adapted as various seasonal fruits arrive at the market.

Makes 12 servings


  • Refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 1 quart fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup sugar substitute
  • Unbleached all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (1/2 of a 17.3 oz. package), thawed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Frozen light whipped topping, thawed (optional)


1. Preheat the over to 400°F. Coat a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Place the berries in a bowl. Stir in cornstarch, lemon zest and sugar substitute, making sure that all berries are well coated.

3. On a lightly floured board, roll the puff pastry to a 12 x 14-inch rectangle. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

4. Mound the berries on the pastry, leaving a 1-1/2 inch border. Fold in the four corners. Using wet fingers bring up the border of the dough over the edge of the berries, pleating as you go to form a rustic free-form oval or rectangle. Sprinkle the berries with lemon juice.

5. Generously coat the top of the tart with cooking spray and bake 40 to 45 minutes, until the berries are cooked and the pastry is golden.

6. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of light whipped topping, if desired.

Calories: 140
Protein: 2g
Carbs: 20g
Fiber: 3g
Fat: 6g
Sodium: 70mg

VARIATION: Apple Currant Tart

Substitute 3 large peeled, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples for the berries. Add ¼ cup dried currants that have been softened in 2 tablespoons dry sherry. Reduce the sugar substitute to 2 tablespoons. Add ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon. Bake according to master recipe.

Looking for more delicious ways to eat healthy? You’ll find 150 taste-tempting recipes in the Cleveland Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook.

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Elderberry Recipes

by admin on September 5, 2016

Recipes for Fresh Elderberry



Elderberry Recipes can be a wonderful and healthy addition to many of your favorite recipes. You will be surprised at how many great elderberry recipes are available. Work your way through them and you will not be surprised at how much you enjoy them. Take this recipe for elderberry jelly for example. Not only is it delicious but with the antioxidant properties you don’t have to feel guilty eating it.

Elderberry Jelly

  • 3 1/2 cups Elderberry juice (about 3 1/2 lbs. ripe berries)
  • 1/2 c Fresh, strained lemon juice
  • 7 1/2 c Sugar
  • 1 package Powdered fruit pectin (some, like a crabapple jelly recipe, does not require pectin but since elderberry is lower in pectin it will require the addition)


  • Remove the stems from the Elderberries and place in large kettle
  • Crush berries, cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes
  • Strain juice through jelly bag or piece of cheesecloth
  • Measure juice making sure you about 3 1/2 cups. If you don’t you can add apple juice to make up the difference
  • Add lemon juice and pour into kettle.
  • Add sugar
  • Heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Add pectin (some, like a crabapple jelly recipe does not require pectin but since elderberry is lower in pectin it will require the addition). Bring to a full boil and boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat, skim off foam and pour into hot jars
  • Makes 3-4 half pints of elderberry jelly. Enjoy on top of a fresh, homemade slice of Elderberry bread.

Here are some additional elderberry recipes for you to try:

Are sweets just not your thing? Looking for another way to use elderberries? You can also make incredible, tart vinegar by following this Elderberry vinegar recipe:

Elderberry Vinegar

  • 2 c Elderberries, stemmed
  • Vinegar


  • Place 2 cups of stemmed elderberries in an ovenproof dish and cover with vinegar.
  • Cook at 300 F for 1 1/2 hours, or until the berries burst.
  • Let the mixture stand overnight
  • Strain through a jelly bag or piece of cheese cloth.


Fresh Peach Recipes

by admin on September 4, 2016

Have You Picked Peaches?  Check Out These Fresh Peach Recipes

peach fuzzThe best fresh peach recipes, including peach crisp recipes, peach schnapps recipe, recipe for peach pie, fresh peach cobbler and peach tart recipe.

There is nothing better then using fresh peaches in your favorite recipe. Here are some great fresh peach recipes to keep you cooking well into fall.

Craving some new peach crisp recipes? Try this one on for size:

Peach Crisp Recipe


  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh peaches, peeled, pitted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup soft butter


Preheat oven to 375F. Use a buttered or non-stick coated 8 inch pie dish.
Slice peeled, pitted peaches into the prepared baking dish. Sift together the flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender cut the butter into the flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over peaches in baking dish. Bake at 375F for 45 to 50 minutes, until topping is golden brown and peaches are tender. Make sure to serve warm and add a bit of whipped cream for an extra sweet treat.

Is a peach schnapps recipe more what you are looking for? Take a look at this one good with any variety of fresh, ripe peaches:

Peach Schnapps Recipe


  • Peel 12 medium size peaches (much easier to do if you dip in boiling water for about 30 seconds and then immediately stick in cool water.
  • Remove pits and cut in fourths
  • Put both the peaches and pits in a glass jar with tight-fitting lid.
  • Cover with clear, unflavored, 80 proof vodka
  • Let sit at room temperature in a dark area for 1-2 months shaking lightly and tasting every couple of weeks.
  • Strain the mixture into a glass with tight-fitting lid.
  • Store in a dark, room temperature place for at least 1 month before serving.
  • Serve at room temperature, closing the bottle tightly between servings.

Peach Tart Recipe more your speed? Try this one for your next family get together and I am sure you will have many compliments:

Peach Tart Recipe


  • 5 c. ripe, sliced fresh peaches
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 6 baked 5” tart shells
  • 8 fresh peach slices
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 4 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • Whipped cream


Combine and let stand for 20 minutes peaches, sugar, and lemon juice. Drain 1 cup juice into a measuring cup (if juice does not equal 1 cup, fill the rest of the cup with water). Blend cornstarch into juice. Cook mixture until transparent and cool. Divide the fruit between the tart shells. Spoon the cold sauce over each tart to form a glaze and chill until set. Use the whipped cream and slices for a garnish. This makes 6 servings so adjust ingredients accordingly.If you are still looking for some great peach recipes like a recipe for peach pie or a fresh peach cobbler recipe try these sites:

Recipes Made with Fruit

More Fresh Peach Recipes

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High Blood Pressure

by admin on August 19, 2016

Nearly 1 in 3 American Adults have high blood pressure (hbp). This pressure is a measure of the force of blood against the walls of the arteries. A person’s pressure rises and falls throughout the day, but when it stays elevated over time, it is hypertension. It is a cause for concern because it increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and other serious illnesses.

Symptoms of Hypertension (HBP)

High blood pressure has no obvious signs or symptoms. It is often called “the silent killer,” and a blood pressure measurement is the only way to detect it. A blood pressure monitor is all a doctor or nurse needs to check your pressure.

Blood Pressure Guidelines

  • Good = 120/80 mmHg or lower
  • Borderline High Risk = 120/80-139/89 mmHg
  • High Risk = 140/90 mmHg or higher

Treating High Blood Pressure with Medications

Many of the drugs used to control hypertension are called antihypertensives. Common antihypertensives are:

  • Diuretics, which rid the body of excess fluid and salt
  • Beta blockers, which decrease the heart’s need for blood and oxygen, easing its workload
  • Drugs that reduce blood pressure by preventing your blood vessels from constricting
  • Medications that relax the muscles in the walls of blood vessels, widening them
  • Drugs that both reduce heart rate and widen the blood vessels

Treating Hypertension Through Diet

The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a nonmedical way to fight high blood pressure. A clinical study that tested the effects of nutrients in food on the bood pressure found that elevated blood pressure was reduced in people who followed an eating plan that emphasized fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy foods. A second clinical study, called DASH-Sodium, found that reducing dietary sodium lowered blood pressure in both people who followed the DASH eating plan and those who ate a typical American diet.

You can find DASH diet guidelines by visiting the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Staying Healthy with Blood Pressure

  • Avoid high-fat, fried and salty foods
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Be physically active
  • Limit alcohol
  • Quit smoking, and try to avoid secondhand smoke

Note: Decongestants can increase blood pressure and may interfere with blood pressure medication. Ask your pharmacist to help you choose a cold and flu medication that doesn’t contain a decongestant.

Hypertension can run in families. If you’re a parent with high blood pressure, check your child’s blood pressure every now and then so you can stop damage before it begins.

You can always take your blood pressure at home by using a home blood pressure monitor. But keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Demonstrate your technique to a health care provider, such as your pharmacist, to ensure that you are using the proper technique
  • Avoid caffeine and cigarettes for at least 30 minutes before taking a measurement
  • Rest quietly for five minutes before testing
  • Sit in an upright position with your legs and ankles uncrossed and your back unsupported
  • Wait at least two minutes before repeating the measurement



Heart Disease Warning Signs

by admin on August 18, 2016

Heart Disease Warning Signs

Heart Disease and CholesterolThe biggest mistake people make at the onset of a heart attack or stroke is to delay getting help because they are unsure of their symptoms. Err on the side of caution. If you or someone around you exhibits any of these signs, call 9-1-1. The sooner emergency treatment is received, the better the chances of surviving a heart attack or stroke.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

  • Chest discomfort, for example, uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and then comes back.
  • Upper body discomfort, such as pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, which may be associated with or occur before chest discomfort.
  • Other telltale signs, such as suddenly breaking out in a cold sweat or a feeling of nausea or light-headedness.

A Warning to Women
Your heart attack symptoms may be different from those experienced by men. Watch for these additional signs:

  • Abdominal discomfort or indigestion, which might include a burning sensation in the chest or upper abdomen.
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as nausea or vomiting
  • Unexplained fatigue or weakness

Stroke Warning Signs

  • Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg, usually on only one side of the body.
  • Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden confusion or difficulty speaking
  • Dizziness or loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache for which there is no known cause.

If you don’t have heart disease, consider yourself lucky. But don’t think you’re risk-free. The numbers show just how prevalent heart-related illinesses are. Instead of becoming a statistic, try making a few small changes in lifestyle that could make a big difference in your heart and reduce heart disease warning signs.

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women.
  • Of the 2.4 million Americans who die each year, more than 36% die from heart-related illnesses compared to 23% from cancer.
  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death, killing about 150,000 people a year.
  • 79.4 million people in the U.S. have some form of heart disease.
  • In 2007, the total cost for heart related medical care and disability in the U.S. was estimated to be $431.8 billion.

Source: American Heart Association, Heart Facts 2007

Regular Aspirin Use

Did you know that aspirin can reduce your risk of a heart attack by as much as 32%? And reduce the risk of a second attack by 20%? And therefore reduce your heart disease warning signs? Talk to your doctor to see if an aspirin regimen is right for you.


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Pick Pears

by admin on August 14, 2016

Pick Pears

Being able to pick pears fresh is a luxury to say the least. Pears are usually ready last summer or early fall for picking. Of course, always be sure to check with your local fruit orchard to make sure. If you let pear ripen on the vine, then they will break down at the core and become soft and mushy on the inside. To determine the readiness of the fruit, be aware of the ease of removal. If there are already pears on the ground that have fallen from the tree, more than likely, you may be too late. However, you should surely pick all of them.

To measure if the fruit it ready to be harvested, you can gently pull on the stem of the fruit. If the fruit snaps off cleany from the twig, then the pears are ready to be picked. Logically, on larger trees the fruit on the top ripens more quickly than the fruit near the bottom of the tree. Once the fruit is picked, then you can allow it to ripen naturally. However, there are other varieties of pears that don’t allow for natural ripening once removed from the twig. Late ripening varities such as Anjou, Bosc and Comice. These particular varieties are a little more high maintanence. The need about 3-4 weeks of storage in 32-45 degrees temperature–you can store them in a refrigerator or a cellar if it is cool enough. Furthermore, wrapping these varieties while they are ripening is a good idea, to prevent shriveling. Below is a listing of places where you can pick your own pears.

CONTACT US if you have a place to pick pears or any other fruit! or simply add your information in the comment section below.




by admin on August 10, 2016


In the last couple of years, the pomegranate has been all the rage…with this new juice appearing on the shelves. This seasonly available fruit is renowned for its nutritional properties. Studies show that the juice from this fruit is one of the most powerful antioxidants, which contains a very high level of polyphenols and other free radical-fighting agents.

Some nutritional benefits are:

The fruit can help with:

  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes

In 2006 the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published a study which showed that “the polyphenolics in the fruit can play an important role in the modulation of inflammatory cell signaling in colon cancer cells.”

How the fruit fights cancer

Learn more about the the fruit, by visiting a page dedicated to answering an antioxidant-fruits.com’s reader’s questions.

Have you ever wanted to know how to peel a pomengranate? I found this video on You Tube and tried it out myself. This a very good technique, although I still have difficulty with the pomengranate. I think it is a difficult fruit to easily enjoy, like the simple banana.