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15 Healthy And Delightful Recipes Of Berries You Can’t Miss

15 Healthy And Delightful Recipes Of Berries You Can’t Miss

Berrys are tasty, healthy and offer a variety of recipe ideas. In the U.S. fruit consumption, blueberries rank only second to strawberries in popularity of berries. Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the maximal antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings.

Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA. Raw blueberries would be the best choice rather than relying upon blueberries incorporated into baked desserts because, like other fruits, raw blueberries provide you with the best flavor and the greatest nutritional benefits.

But don’t give up on strawberries, either. One cup of strawberries contains over 100 milligrams of vitamin C, almost as much as a cup of orange juice. Strawberries also have calcium, magnesium, folate, potassium and they’re low in calories. One cup of strawberries has only 53 calories.

Following, we will focus on the appetizing taste coming from 15 delightful recipes of berries.

1. The pick-me-up berry

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    Ingredients:

    1/3 cup fresh blueberries
    12 fresh strawberries, halved
    4 large fresh basil leaves
    4 teaspoons sugar
    1 750-milliliter bottle sparkling wine, such as Prosecco, chilled
    Garnishes: lemon slices, strawberries

    Preparation:

    Stir together blueberries, halved strawberries, basil leaves, and sugar in a medium bowl; crush berries and leaves with a wooden spoon. Chill 30 minutes (to release juice from berries). Stir 1 cup chilled sparkling wine into fruit mixture, and pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a pitcher, discarding solids. Add remaining wine to pitcher. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately, or chill up to 24 hours.

    2. Blackberry cobbler

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      Ingredients:

      4 cups fresh blackberries
      1 tablespoon lemon juice
      1 large egg
      1 cup sugar
      1 cup all-purpose flour
      6 tablespoons butter, melted
      Whipped cream (optional)
      Garnish: fresh mint sprig

      Preparation

      Preheat oven to 375°. Place blackberries in a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish; sprinkle with lemon juice. Stir together egg, sugar, and flour in a medium bowl until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle over fruit. Drizzle melted butter over topping. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired. Garnish with fresh mint sprig, if desired.

      For a neat presentation, bake for the same amount of time in 6 (8-oz.) ramekins on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.

      3. Berry-licious summer salad

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        Ingredients:

        8 cups mixed salad greens
        2 cups fresh blueberries
        1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola or blue cheese
        1/4 cup chopped and toasted walnuts or pecans
        Bottled vinaigrette

        Preparation

        Toss together first 4 ingredients; drizzle with desired amount of vinaigrette, tossing gently to coat.

        Note: For testing purposes only, we used Newman’s Own Light Raspberry & Walnut vinaigrette.

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        4. Nice Berry Cobbler

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          Ingredients:

          1 cup sugar, divided
          1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
          6 cups fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
          1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
          1 cup all-purpose flour
          3/4 cup self-rising yellow cornmeal mix
          1/3 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
          1 cup milk

          Preparation:

          1. Combine 1/3 cup sugar and 1 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch in a small bowl. Combine berries, cornstarch mixture, and lemon rind in a large bowl until well blended; spoon berry mixture into a lightly greased 2-qt. baking dish.

          2. Combine flour, cornmeal mix, and remaining 2/3 cup sugar in a medium bowl. Stir in butter and milk until blended. Gently spread batter evenly over berry mixture.

          3. Bake at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of topping comes out clean. Serve warm.

          5. Strawberry mint-pie

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            Ingredients:

            1/2 (18-oz.) package reduced-fat cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (about 22 cookies)
            2 tablespoons butter, melted
            1 qt. fat-free or low-fat strawberry frozen yogurt
            1 (16-oz.) package fresh strawberries, hulled
            2 tablespoons powdered sugar
            2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
            Garnishes: fresh strawberry slices, edible flowers, Strawberry Sauce

            Preparation:

            1. Preheat oven to 350°. Process cookies and butter in a food processor until finely chopped. Firmly press mixture on bottom and up sides of a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 30 minutes).

            2. Let frozen yogurt stand at room temperature 20 minutes or until slightly softened.

            3. Process strawberries, powdered sugar, and mint in food processor until strawberries are pureed, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.

            4. Place frozen yogurt in a large bowl; cut into large (3-inch) pieces. Fold strawberry mixture into yogurt until smooth. Spoon mixture into prepared crust. Freeze 3 hours or until firm. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving. Garnish, if desired.

            6. Raspberry buttercream icing

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              Ingredients:

              1/2 cup butter, softened
              1/2 cup fresh raspberries
              1 teaspoon vanilla extract
              1/8 teaspoon salt
              1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar

              Preparation:

              1. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.

              2. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition.

              Note: Be sure to wash and thoroughly dry raspberries before adding to frosting.

              7. Strawberry-Spinach Salad

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                Ingredients:

                1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
                2 (6-oz.) bags baby spinach
                1 (16-oz.) container strawberries, quartered
                1 (4-oz.) package crumbled blue cheese
                1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
                Bottled red wine vinaigrette
                Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

                Preparation:

                1. Toss together red onion and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with red wine vinaigrette; sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

                Note: For a tasty flavor combination, replace the almonds, blue cheese, and red wine vinaigrette with pecans, goat cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette.

                8. Lemon-Raspberry Muffins

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                  Ingredients:

                  2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
                  1/2 cup sugar
                  2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
                  1/2 teaspoon salt
                  1 (8-ounce) container lemon yogurt
                  1/2 cup vegetable oil
                  2 large eggs
                  1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
                  1 (6-ounce) package fresh raspberries (about 1 1/4 cups) or 1 (6-ounce) package frozen raspberries, unthawed
                  3 tablespoons sugar
                  1 tablespoon cold butter or margarine

                  Preparation:

                  1, Combine 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.

                  2. Stir together yogurt and next 3 ingredients; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

                  3. Toss together 2 tablespoons flour and raspberries; fold into batter. Spoon into lightly greased muffin pans, filling two-thirds full.

                  4. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons flour and 3 tablespoons sugar; cut butter into mixture with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Spoon evenly over batter in muffin pans.

                  5. Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Remove muffins from pans immediately, and cool on wire racks.

                  Note: Blueberries may be substituted for raspberries.

                  9. Blackberry-Apple Cake

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                    Ingredients:

                    3/4 cup butter, softened and divided
                    1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
                    1/4 cup honey
                    2 large Gala apples, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
                    1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries*
                    1 cup granulated sugar
                    2 large eggs
                    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
                    1 teaspoon baking powder
                    1/2 cup milk
                    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

                    Preparation:

                    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a lightly greased 9-inch round cake pan (with sides that are at least 2 inches high) over low heat. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with brown sugar; drizzle honey over brown sugar. Arrange apple slices in concentric circles over brown sugar mixture, overlapping as needed; sprinkle with blackberries.

                    2. Beat granulated sugar and remaining 1/2 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

                    3. Stir together flour and baking powder. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Spoon batter over blackberries in pan.

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                    4. Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of cake to loosen. Invert cake onto a serving plate, spooning any topping in pan over cake.

                    Note: 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries may be substituted.

                    10. Strawberry-Fromage Blanc Tartlets

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                      Ingredients:

                      1 (6-oz.) container fromage blanc
                      1 large egg
                      4 tablespoons honey
                      1 tablespoon orange liqueur
                      1 tablespoon lemon juice
                      Pinch of nutmeg
                      2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
                      2 (1.9-oz.) packages frozen mini-phyllo pastry shells
                      1 cup balsamic vinegar
                      1/2 pt. fresh strawberries, chopped
                      2 tablespoons sugar

                      Preparation:

                      1. Preheat oven to 350°. Process first 6 ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Slowly sift in flour; process until blended.

                      2. Spoon 1 heaping teaspoonful mixture into each phyllo shell. Place on a baking sheet.

                      3. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until set.

                      4. Meanwhile, cook balsamic vinegar in a large saucepan over medium heat 10 minutes or until reduced to 1/4 cup. Cool completely (about 30 minutes).

                      5. Toss strawberries with sugar. Spoon strawberries over tartlets; drizzle with balsamic reduction. Serve immediately.

                      11. Vanilla-Champagne Soaked Fruit

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                        Ingredients:

                        1 (750-milliliter) bottle Champagne or sparkling wine
                        3/4 cup sugar
                        1 vanilla bean, split (1 Tbsp. vanilla extract may be substituted. Stir in with mint.)
                        1 (1-oz.) package fresh mint, chopped
                        1 cantaloupe, halved
                        1 pt. fresh raspberries
                        1 large orange, peeled and sectioned
                        1/2 honeydew melon, peeled and chopped (about 4 cups)
                        Garnishes: chopped fresh mint, vanilla bean pod

                        Preparation:

                        1. Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a 3-qt. saucepan over high heat; boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved (about 4 to 5 minutes). Reduce heat to medium, and cook 10 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half. Remove from heat, and stir in mint. Let stand 5 minutes.

                        2. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding mint. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into bowl; whisk until blended. Reserve vanilla bean pod for garnish.

                        3. Cut 1 cantaloupe half into 10 thin wedges. Cut 2 thin wedges from remaining half of cantaloupe; reserve remaining cantaloupe for another use. Place cantaloupe, raspberries, orange sections, and honeydew in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish; pour warm syrup over fruit. Cover and chill 3 to 24 hours. Remove fruit from syrup using a slotted spoon. Arrange on a serving platter. Serve syrup with fruit. Garnish, if desired.

                        12. Strawberry-Chicken Salad

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                          Ingredients:

                          4 skinned and boned chicken breast halves
                          Raspberry Vinaigrette, divided
                          8 cups mixed salad greens
                          1 quart strawberries, sliced
                          2 pears, sliced
                          2 avocados, peeled and sliced
                          1/2 small sweet onion, diced
                          1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted

                          Preparation:

                          1. Combine chicken and 1/2 cup Raspberry Vinaigrette in a large zip-top freezer bag. Seal and chill 1 hour.

                          2. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade.

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                          3. Grill, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 4 minutes on each side or until done. Let chicken stand 10 minutes; slice.

                          4. Place salad greens and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl, and gently toss. Divide mixture evenly between 4 serving plates; top with grilled chicken slices. Serve with remaining Raspberry Vinaigrette.

                          13. Blackberry Cocktail

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                            Ingredients:

                            1 (0.75-oz.) package fresh mint sprigs
                            12 (1/4-inch-thick) cucumber slices
                            2 (6-oz.) packages fresh blackberries
                            3/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
                            8 to 12 tsp. turbinado sugar (Superfine or powdered sugar may be substituted.)
                            1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. gin
                            1 cup cold club soda
                            Crushed ice
                            Garnishes: cucumber slices, fresh blackberries, lime wedges, lemon mint sprigs $

                            Preparation:

                            Place first 5 ingredients in a large pitcher. Gently press mint leaves, cucumbers, and blackberries against side of pitcher with a wooden spoon to release flavors. Stir in gin and club soda. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

                            14. Blackberry-Peach Coffee Cake

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                              Ingredients:

                              1/2 cup butter, softened
                              1 cup granulated sugar
                              2 large eggs
                              2 cups all-purpose flour
                              2 teaspoons baking powder
                              1/2 teaspoon salt
                              2/3 cup milk
                              2 teaspoons vanilla extract
                              2 cups peeled and sliced fresh firm, ripe peaches (about 2 large peaches, 7 oz. each)
                              1 cup fresh blackberries
                              Powdered sugar
                              Garnishes: fresh blackberries, sliced peaches

                              Preparation:

                              1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare Streusel Topping.

                              2. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add granulated sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

                              3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9-inch spring form pan; top with sliced peaches and blackberries. Pinch off 1-inch pieces of Streusel Topping, and drop over fruit.

                              4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes or until center of cake is set. (A wooden pick inserted in center will not come out clean.) Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 1/2 hours). Dust with powdered sugar. Garnish, if desired.

                              15. Blueberry Salsa

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                                Ingredients:

                                2 cups coarsely chopped fresh blueberries
                                1 cup whole fresh blueberries
                                1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
                                3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
                                2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
                                1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
                                1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

                                Preparation:

                                Toss together coarsely chopped fresh blueberries, whole fresh blueberries, fresh lemon juice, chopped fresh cilantro, seeded and minced jalapeño peppers, diced red bell pepper, and kosher salt in a large bowl. Serve immediately, or cover and chill 8 hours.

                                Information and pictures gathered from: Southern Living

                                Featured photo credit: A four bowls overflowing with summer berries like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. via shutterstock.com

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                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                The result: no more mental stress.

                                2. Unplug

                                Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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