Monday, 13 July 2015

Berry Sorbet

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Sugar, dairy & fat free sorbet

Nothing like cold treats on hot summers days. Ice cream still seems to be a favourite for most and with that can come tons of fat, sugar & empty calories. Making sorbets & ice cream at home can save you on all those unwanted extras just by using fruit. The bonus is that not only does fruit contain essential vitamins & mineral they also offers so many health benefits. See at bottom of blog for these details. 
For now here's the skinny on this recipe 

2 Cups frozen mixed berries
1 Cup frozen pineapple
1 medium to large banana

Add all the ingredients to your high speed blender ( I use my Vitamix ) 
Blend till creamy smooth. If you prefer a chunky texture then of course decrease blending time

Canada's Food Guide suggests 7-8 servings of fruit & vegetables combined per day. With this sorbet you are getting 7 servings of it in just fruit alone. See how to calculate it below.

  • 125 mL (½ cup) fresh, frozen or canned 
    vegetable or fruit or 100% juice
  • 250 mL (1 cup) leafy raw vegetables or
  • 1 piece of fruit

Health Benefits of eating fruit

Fruit Nutrition

Fresh or frozen, fruit is one of Mother Nature’s most amazing foods! Here’s why it’s important to add more fruit to your diet:

  • Most fruits are naturally low in calories, sodium and fat – with zero cholesterol!
  • Fruits provide many essential nutrients that we need more of, including:
    • Potassium – Important to help combat high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease. May also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
    • Dietary fiber – Important to help reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Also important for proper bowel function.
    • Vitamin C – Important for growth and repair of all body tissues and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Provides antioxidant defense against infection and disease.
    • Folate (folic acid) – Helps the body form red blood cells and helps reduce the risk of birth defects.
  • Fiber-rich fruit satisfies your hunger with fewer calories, helping you to maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Fruits are a source of phytonutrients or compounds that naturally occur only in plants and are associated with a wide range of potential health benefits. Phytonutrients work synergistically with the vitamins, minerals and fiber in whole fruits to help reduce disease risk. ( )
Hope you create some delicious sorbets & ice cream this summer. It will be a treat everyone looks forwards too. Happy making & May you be Nutritionally Well.

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