Blueberry Tart

by admin on October 20, 2014

Blueberry TartBlueberry Tart

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

INGREDIENTS

  • 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)

DIRECTIONS

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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Raspberry

by admin on October 19, 2014

RaspberryThe raspberry is pretty well-known across the world.  They are grown for local grocery stores and fresh food markets as well as for processing for frozen fruit, dried, pureed fruit and juice.

Because raspberries need an ample amount of sun and water to develop, they are usually a mid-summer crop, depending on where you are located in the world.

In addition to their great taste and fun texture, raspberries as with all antioxidant fruits, have numerous health benefits.

Because of their deeper color, raspberries are near the top when compared to other fruits based on their antioxidants when it comes to their dense amounts of ellagic acid, quercetin, gallic acid, anthocyanins, cyanidins, pelargonidins, catechins, kaempferol and salicyclic.

Raspberries have an ORAC Value of about 4900 per 100 grams, which falls under blueberries (they’re 9000 ORAC units) and above apples at 2800.

The health benefits that some have experienced with raspberries are listed below.  Please be aware that this isn’t proof that they work, but that they are known to help.

  • Reduces Inflamation
  • Helps to Eliminate Age-Related Cognitvie Decline
  • Prevents Cardiovascular Disease
  • Reduces Allergies
  • Helps to Prevent Degeneration of Eye Sight with Aging
  • Reduces Pain
  • Prevents Cancer

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry

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What Is Your Favorite Fruit?

by admin on October 17, 2014

We know you’re out there and reading antioxidant-fruits.com, so there must be a reason for it!  We want to know if you have a favorite fruit!

I certainly do, but it took me awhile to know that it was my favorite fruit.  I am 30 years old and never seemed to be much a fan of fruit.

I think watermelon was my favorite fruit.  How lame is that?

But in my mid-20s I discovered raspberries.  Although raspberries are pretty common place, I really was sort of grossed out by them.  However, now I love their texture.

Picking raspberries outside of Middlebury, VT

Picking raspberries outside of Middlebury, VT

I got my Masters in Spanish from Middleburry College, so in the summers, when we weren’t in class, we would go and pick raspberries.  There are small raspberry growers all over Vermont.  Usually, they will have a plywood sign that they have painted.  Something along the lines of, “Pick Raspberries Here.”

They hand you a little basket and everything you can fit into the basket is yours for $3-$4.  The best thing is when they tell you that you can go ahead and taste test while you are picking out your raspberries.

There is nothing like a warm, ripe Vermont raspberry!  YUM!  However, you can eat too many and then pay the price in the bathroom later!  However, it is a price I am willing to pay to over endulge in raspberries.

So, we want to know what is your favorite fruit?  Why?  How did it become your favorite fruit?  Comment below and let us know.  If it’s an unusal fruit, let us know where it comes from, what the health benefits are (if you know of any) and where to find it.

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Health Benefits of Wolfberry

by admin on October 16, 2014

Wolfberry

Looking for the health benefits of wolfberry?  Learn about wolfberry nutritional value including cardiovascular health and the other benefits of goji berry.

The wolfberry or the goji berry is a reddish-orange berry that grows in the wild in China and has been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years.  The berry has been revered in China for years for its ability to alleviate problems.

This nutritionally dense fruit is now popular all over the world for its health benefits. The wolfberries, where grown naturally, are typically eaten raw or dried. As with all fruits, the wolfberry’s antioxidant powers are anti-aging and promote longevity.

Benefits of Goji Berry:

  • Protects the liver
  • Improves Vision
  • Strengthens weak legs
  • Promotes Longevity
  • Improves the Immune System
  • Helps prevent Cancer

The Chinese believe that it strengthens eyes, protects the liver and the kidney and nourishes the blood.

The goji berry contains the following nutrients:

  • Beta-carotene
  • Calcium
  • Polysaccharides
  • Selenium
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Vitamin C
  • 6 vitamins
  • B-complex Vitamins
  • Vitamin E
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Betaine

The wolfberry makes our website because it is packed full of antioxidants, including carotenoids, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. In fact, of all foods, the wolfberry contains the most carotenoids.
The polysaccharides in the wolfberry help to protect the human immune system and helps the body’s other defense systems.

The berry has 19 amino acids, which help to build protein and protect muscles. The berry also has essential nutrients.

The berry contains more vitamin C than an orange! Now, that’s a powerful little berry!

Because wolfberries aren’t commonly available in the Western world, many people obtain the benefits of the wolfberry from it’s juice.

More health benefits of wolfberry

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What is Acai?

by Kho Anna on October 15, 2014

Acai Berries

Acai Berries

The Acai berry is a dark purple colored fruit that grows on acai palm trees found in the Amazon rain forest. Acai berries are widely known in the world market for their many beneficial health benefits.

An acai berry can increase a person’s energy level and strengthen an immune system. By increasing our body’s energy levels, it also lowers the risk of many harmful diseases such as cancer (esp. colon cancer, blood cancer, lymphoma), cardiovascular ailments, lung and heart diseases, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Acai berries are known to have high concentration of dietary fiber, amino acids, and omega fatty acids (good fats). By containing such nutrients, acai can also reduce inflammatory diseases at the same time lowers aging process. Acai berry supplements are widely used by athletes to increase their energy and endurance levels.

Acai berries are not only taken as a fruit itself but can also be applied in many forms like:

  • energy drinks
  • dairy products
  • breakfast cereal
  • ice cream
  • juice / smoothies
  • sanitary products (such as soap, shampoo, lotion, creams, etc)
  • health supplements (the MOST common form nowadays)

Take acai now and get the maximum health benefits you’ve been looking for!

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Acai Helps in Weight Loss

by Kho Anna on October 15, 2014

Acai Berry

Acai Berry

Acai is one of the most nutritious, super foods in the world. They are small, round, purple berries that grow in the Amazon rain forests of Brazil.

The acaiberry is rich with anthocyanins that’s why it is considered one of the best antioxidant foods that helps in preventing the dynamic evolution of stress and harmful diseases such as cancer and heart ailments.

The acai fruit can be eaten fresh and is commonly used in pie and cookie fillings, dessert toppings, and energy bars. Another way to enjoy its great benefits is by trying the acai juice which is rich in phytonutrients and amino acids.

This power berry can also aid in weight loss, with health benefits that can improve digestion, cleansing and detoxifying of the body and boosts the immune system. Acai also supports cardiovascular problems at the same time improves mental ability.

Other health benefits include:

  • enhances visual activities
  • boosts energy levels
  • provides all vital vitamins
  • minimizes inflammation
  • regulates cholesterol levels and more

Proper exercise and acai diet can definitely enhance the general well being of a person thus supporting any targeted weight loss. Acai is also available in health supplements in forms of tablets, capsules and powder.

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Superberries Aroniaberry Gummy Chews Review

by admin on October 14, 2014

Superberries Aroniaberry Gummy Chews Review 2Thank you to Superberries for sending us their Aroniaberry Gummy Chews.  YUM.  Just the thought of them makes my mouth water.  I am definitely a person that will try a gummie!

These gummies have an awesome berry taste and they are gluten free, dairy free, fat free, shelf stable and made of non-GMO ingredients.

Aronia berries are native to North America and are a true super fruit – with more antioxidants than the acai berry, blueberries, cranberries and goji berries.

We have a lot of articles on this site about the benefits of aronia berries and how they pack a powerful antioxidant punch.  A great way to get your daily dose of aronia berries is through these chews.

They are sold in a 16 oz. pouch or buy them in the 100-calorie packs.

If you have kids or if you prefer to get your fruit through gummies, these would be perfect for you.

I loved “reviewing” them – they were like a little treat to look forward to every day – makes my mouth water still…several sentences later =).

You can buy Superberries Aroniaberry Gummy Chews on Amazon or through Superberries’ website.  Use Coupon Code “AFRUITS5″ to receive a $5 discount code from Superberries’ website.

Here is the arrival video:

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Here is our final review video:

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We received the Superberries Aroniaberry Gummy Chews for review from the manufacturer.  Receiving the free product did not influence this post.

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Natural Remedies of Acai Berry

by Kho Anna on October 12, 2014

Acai Berry

The Acai berry is one of the most powerful antioxidants on earth due to its rich source of anthocyanins and flavonoids. Acai berries nowadays are commonly used as natural health supplements available in capsule or tablet forms. Acai berry supplements are more effective than acai berry fruit or juice. Researches have shown that almost all acai berry benefits are lost in the first 8 hours from its harvest. On the other hand, acai berry supplements use berries that are freeze-dried immediately after their harvest keeping the nutrients still intact.

Acai berries are also a great source of protein, amino acids, fiber, enzymes, iron, omega fatty acids (healthy fats), minerals (such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, etc.) and carbohydrates. Such nutrients help fight dreadful diseases at the same time assist our bodies in building a strong and healthy immune system that can help fight outrageous infections.

The acai berry being a powerful antioxidant serves as a natural remedy for cardiovascular ailments, cancer of all types, heart conditions, allergies, diarrhea, auto-immune disorders, and many more. Acai berry also acts as anti bacterial and antimutagenic.

For maximum benefit, an acai berry supplement should be taken with the proper dosage. Get healthy now with acai berry “the super antioxidant!”

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Anthocyanins

by admin on October 11, 2014

AnthocyaninsWe talk about anthocyanins a lot here on Antioxidant-Fruits, but you may be wondering exactly what they are. This is a good question and one that we don’t discuss much in our daily lives. Anthocyanins are merely a type of flavonoid. Flavonoids are compounds with antioxidant effects. This isn’t all flavonoids do, however, and anthocyanins have other benefits outside of their antioxidant properties as well.

An easy, although not necessarily foolproof, method of telling whether a fruit is high in anthocyanins is by looking at its color. Anthocyanins tend to make the fruit’s color range from red to black, perhaps acting as a natural sunblock for certain plants in sun-heavy climates. Some fruits that contain quite a few anthocyanins are:

  • Acai Berries
  • Aronia Berries (chokeberries)
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Concord Grapes
  • Cranberries
  • Raspberries

Out of these, aronia berries have the highest anthocyanin content with raspberries coming in second.

So why bother with fruits high in anthocyanins instead of just antioxidant fruits in general? The answer is simple: fruits with anthocyanins get the benefits of antioxidants and the more specific benefits of these flavonoids. These health benefits work against problems such as:

  • various types of cancer (in particular, they have been tested against prostate and colon cancers)
  • pain (chronic or otherwise)
  • bacterial infection
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • inflammation
  • neurological diseases (anthocyanins have been looked upon as neuroprotective molecules)
  • obesity

When you look at the health benefits of anthocyanins, it really makes you wonder why you haven’t taken advantage of these flavonoids yet. Much of the research done into their benefits uses extracts of various fruits or juices for the purpose of the studies. Berry extracts are easy to find online, and you can always opt for fresh fruit or fruit juice too!

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Types of Cherries

by admin on October 9, 2014

Fresh Frozen Organic Tart Cherries (4.5 Lbs)With over 1,000 different types in existence, there is a cherry out there for everyone’s taste buds. The most familiar types are maraschino, black, bing, and rainier cherries. The choke cherry, black stone cherry, morello, north star, napoleon, and Spanish cherry cherries are some of the less well known types. Many of them come from the subgenus Cerasus and are cultivated in the Northern Hemisphere in at least twenty different countries. These tasty antioxidant fruits grow best in temperate climates, and their peak season is summer. The seeds of a cherry do require some cold to germinate, which is why they cannot grow in tropical weather. With all the types of cherry, it’s hard to know where to start. Unfortunately, not all the types are edible or as delicious as others.

The most popular types of cherries are: maraschino, black, bing, and rainier cherries. You can find these cherries in supermarkets all across the western world. The following is a list of the more familiar types of cherries, along with some lesser known (but not obscure) ones:

Here is a list of cherry types.

Types of Cherries

Cherry Categories

Most often, cherry types are divided into two categories: sweet (P. avium) and sour (P. cerasus). Sweet cherries are often eaten plain, while sour/tart cherries are used for cooking (adding flavor and the like). These two categories have different benefits. Sweet cherries are less physically health, providing both fiber and vitamin C but not in quantities as significant (to Daily Value) as with sour cherries. Sour cherries contain high percentages of vitamins A and C and beta carotene. The acerola cherry is reported to have a vitamin C content higher than any other fruit we know of.

The montmorency and balaton varieties of cherries are produced primarily in Michigan.

Bing cherries and rainer cherries are extremely well-known varieties, and the former is produced primarily in Michigan. Montgomery cherries are popular in the midwest U.S. and fit into the sour category. They are used frequently as pie fillings or fruity sauces. You’ll find tieton cherries displayed in most grocery stores due to their sweet flavor, large size, and glossiness, which make them appear enticing.

Health Benefits of Cherries

Research has been conducted to establish the amount of anthocyanins in cherries and their effects. So far, the studies suggest that cherries can have an effect on inflammation and pain. In one study, tart cherry powder combined with a high-fat diet, was fed to rats. These rats did not gain as much body weight as others. This suggest tart cherries could reduce weight gain, but further research is necessary on this topic.

Most recently, scientists have tested cherries’ effect on sufferers of gout. They found that individuals who eat cherries regularly had a 35-75% lower risk of experiencing an attack of gout, which causes joint inflammation that is incredibly painful. The lead researcher of this study urges sufferers not to give up on their gout medication, but to increase their cherry intake in combination with it. The year following this study, the research team checked in with participants and found that those consuming cherry extract had a 45% decrease in attacks. The most significant change was for those eating raw cherries, who experienced a 75% drop. Simply amazing! For more information, read how cherries work to prevent gout.

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