Whole Foods Fridays - Easy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
I created Whole Food Friday posts to show you that healthy food can be delicious! Each post will give you a recipe or a recipe idea and the health conditions it will help treat! My goal is to help you making healthy living and eating easy!
I am always looking for ways to create healthy snacks and desserts using whole foods. This is a simple recipe that takes about 5 minutes to make.
The recipe is 4 ingredients:
1 1/2 to 2 cups of frozen Strawberries
1/2 cup of plain organic yogurt
4 tablespoons of Maple syrup
A few pieces of dark chocolate, at least 60% cacao
1. Place the strawberries, yogurt, and maple syrup in Vitamix and turn on the power up to high and use the tamper to mash the frozen strawberries against the blades until the frozen yogurt is creamy and mixed about 2 minutes. Scoop in to dessert dishes.
2. If you don't have a Vitamix, you can use a blender blend until smooth. The consistently might be softer than you want so place place the frozen yogurt in a freezer safe container for about 1 hour until it hardens enough to scope it into dessert dishes.
Look at the benefits from using healthy, whole foods
Strawberries are high in fiber, vitamin C, and lycopene. Fiber, vitamin C and lycopene are all important for heart health and blood stabilization for diabetic and pre-diabetic conditions. It is a childhood favorite too!
Strawberries are one of the foods that need to be bought organic. The environmental working group www.egw.org considers strawberries part of the dirty dozen, foods that are highly susceptible to taking in pesticides that are part of their growing environment.
Yogurt - I used plain organic yogurt that have live cultures. Organic yogurt doesn't have pesticides and growth hormones. Live cultures are another name for probiotics which are important for digestive health, especially if you have issues with gas, bloating, constipation or irritable bowel disease.
Maple syrup is used to sweeten up and balance the sour of the yogurt and the strawberries. If you are a diabetic you can use agave nectar instead. It has a lower glycemic load and doesn't raise blood sugar levels, but it is still sweet.
Dark chocolate has anti-oxidant power. It is helps to reduce the damage to cells created by free radicals.
4 ingredients create a healthy snack or dessert. It is just that simple. You can do it in your home. Enjoy it and let me know what you think!
Dr. Daemon Jones