3 Refreshing Berry Recipes to Healthify Your Summer Meals

Healthy Eating Monday, July 7, 2014 Written by

Looking for a creative way to eat more berries? A handful of blackberries or strawberries can turn a meal from ordinary to gourmet. Berries also give your body a boost of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, Vitamin C and fiber to fight stress, stay heart healthy and keep your blood sugar in check. Try these three refreshing and nutritious berry recipes for a healthy taste of summer.

Strawberries
One of these recipes will be featured at the LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon tent during the Oregon Berry Festival, July 18-19, 2014. Vote for your favorite on the Actively Northwest Facebook page by July 14 and taste the winning recipe at the event (samples will be shared on Saturday)!

Oregonians in the area can also visit LifeWise at the Oregon Berry Festival to get a free basil starter kit – it’s the perfect herb to start your urban garden or add to your P-Patch. In addition, the first 200 LifeWise members to stop by will also receive a $10 U-Pick coupon for Unger Farms and a free water bottle infuser for the perfect summertime refreshment on-the-go. Just add basil leaves and your choice of berries for flavored water, the healthy way.

TROPICAL MOONLIGHT SMOOTHIE

Tropical Moonlight Smoothie
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2  cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup torn-up fresh basil leaves

Preparation: Combine all the ingredients at once and blend until smooth and creamy.

TUSCAN QUINOA AND BLACKBERRY SALAD

Tuscan Quinoa and Blackberry Salad
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa (prepare with chicken stock)
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chopped mixed salad greens
  • 1 1/2 cooked and sliced Italian chicken or turkey sausage
  • 1/2 cup blackberries (fresh or defrosted)
  • 2 tablespoons Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation: Prepare quinoa as directed on the packaging, using chicken stock instead of water. Let cool. Combine all the ingredients, toss with the dressing and enjoy!

STRAWBERRY PESTO ON GRILLED ROCKFISH

Strawberry Pesto on Grilled Rockfish
Ingredients:

  • 12 to 15 ripe strawberries, hulled
  • 2/3 cup Romano Padana cheese
  • 3/4 cup Oregon hazelnuts
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons liquid coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • 1-pound rockfish fillet
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Pinch of salt

Preparation: Blend strawberries, cheese, hazelnuts and basil in a blender or food processor. Drizzle in oils, adding more if needed for consistency. Add seasonings (be sure not to overblend) then set aside. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil on medium high heat. Season rockfish filet with salt on both sides and then place it on the skillet. Cook 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until fish becomes flaky. Spoon pesto over fish and serve.

Do you have a favorite berry recipe? Share it with us in the comments below!