Berry season is officially in full swing! I don’t know about you, but I loved the Belgian strawberry season, and now I’m just as excited as the blueberries first raspberries make their way into the stores. We even had a few good harvests from our backyard raspberry plant already!
The nutrient content of different berries can vary, but in general they are a source of vitamins A and C as well as the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Strawberries are one of the best berries for vitamin C, iron, and potassium. Raspberries are also high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and iron and are lower in sugar but high in fibre. Blueberries tend to be a bit lower in these vitamins and minerals than the others, but are full of antioxidants.
There are many ways to enjoy your berries at any time of the year, but my favourite for this season is combined with yogurt for a healthy and nourishing frozen treat. Check out the recipe below and let me know how you like to enjoy your berries!
Very Berry Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
1 cup yogurt*
3/4 cup berries, fresh or frozen
Either in a blender, food processor, or a measuring cup with immersion blender, blend together the yogurt and berries. Moderate your blending time depending on how smooth or chunky you want your popsicles to be. Taste the mixture and adjust to your desired flavor (for example strawberries will be sweeter than other berries so you may need less, for a tart berry like raspberry you might want to add a bit of honey).
Fill your popsicle molds with the mixture leaving around 0.3cm at the top as it will expand as it freezes. You can always experiment with layering mixtures of different berries or plain yogurt for different flavours and designs! Place the tops/sticks into the molds and set the popsicles in the freezer overnight. To remove from the molds carefully rinse the mold with lukewarm water until the popsicle can be gently wiggled out.
Makes around 6 popsicles of 60mL each.
* Try to find a full fat yogurt with no additives, especially sugar! Or try a non-dairy yogurt like coconut for a delicious tropical flavour.