Fruit provides a wide array of nutrients necessary to stave off many modern day diseases. Even the World Health Organization recognizes the importance of eating fruit. A WHO report published in October 2015 links low fruit (and vegetable) consumption with poor health and an increased risk of heart disease, cancer and obesity.
And what about diabetes? The WHO cites a study published in Diabetes and Endocrinology which concluded, "Higher fruit or green leafy vegetables intake is associated with a significantly reduced risk of type 2 diabetes." So fruit on!
Many years ago, my husband planted a variety of berry bushes and fruit trees including raspberries, blueberries, apples, and peaches. Each summer, we freeze many packages of these delights to be used in our daily smoothies and in the occasional pie.
All these years, I didn't realize how easy it is to create faux ice cream desserts using nothing but frozen fruit and a food processor! You simply place the frozen fruit in the food processor, let it thaw a few minutes, and then process until it's a creamy consistency - approximately 4 minutes - stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. You can also add raw honey to amp up the sweetness and nutritional benefits.
For variety, add other healthy ingredients such as dates, extra dark chocolate chips, raw nuts, unsweetened cacao powder, shredded coconut, a bit of grade B maple syrup, etc.The treat above was made with 2 cups of frozen wild blueberries, 1/3 frozen banana cut up, and 1 Tbsp of raw honey. Enjoy the fruit porn below (each batch made enough for two servings) and have fun creating your own favorite combinations!
Frozen Peach Dessert: 2 cups of frozen peach slices, 1/3 frozen banana cut up, 1 Tbsp of raw honey.
Frozen Apple Dessert: 1 tsp of walnuts ground up first in the processor, 2 cups of frozen apple slices, 1/3 frozen banana cut up, 1 tsp maple syrup, a dash of ceylon cinnamon, whole walnuts on top.
Frozen Raspberries Dessert: 2 cups of frozen raspberries, 1/3 frozen banana cut up, 1 tbsp extra dark chocolate chips.
Banana Faux Ice Cream: 1 tbsp of extra-dark chocolate chips ground up first in the food processor, two frozen bananas cut up.
Judy DeLorenzo is a holistic health practitioner, garden foodie, and daycare founder. She completed a 3-year course in Transformational Energy Healing, studied homeopathy, earned a certificate from eCornell in Whole Foods, Plant-Based Nutrition, and is currently studying herbalism at Sage Mountain. Her approach as a holistic health practitioner is to carefully look at the complete picture and suggest solutions that promote the person’s innate ability to self-heal and maintain vibrant health. You can learn more about Judy DeLorenzo and her healing practice at Biofield Healing and find Judy's blog at A Life Well Planted. Her child care center is called Room To Grow in Litchfield, CT. Read all of her MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.
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