Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Frosted Blueberry Cream Delight

With the warmer weather approaching, you'll want to try this yummy recipe. Lately, this has been my go-to snack late in the afternoon or for dessert. When the fat-free half & half is added to the frozen blueberries, it immediately coats the berries in cream and freezes into a slushy, soft serve "ice cream" that is very refreshing. I use the smaller, lowbush wild variety of blueberry that has been shown to contain more of the polyphenol antioxidants and anthocyanins than it's larger highbush relative. These nutrients have given blueberries their nickname "the super fruit." I don't think there is a medical condition these amazing little berries can't improve -- from helping to stabilize blood sugar and preventing urinary tract infections to reducing inflammation, high blood pressure and other signs of heart disease! They are definitely worth adding to your list of favorite foods. My preferred frozen fruit for this recipe is Wyman's of Maine Wild Blueberries, but if you can't find them in your area, try any brand. Oh, by the way, frozen blueberries don't leave you with the telltale purple smile that cooked berries do, so you can enjoy this treat anytime without feeling self-conscience afterward!

Frosted Blueberry Cream Delight
(Makes 1 serving)

¾ cup frozen blueberries (the small Maine type preferred)
1 packet Splenda
2 tablespoons fat-free half & half
1 tablespoon whipped topping

1. Place the frozen blueberries into a serving dish. Sprinkle with Splenda and stir to coat berries. Add the fat-free half & half and stir. Top with whipped topping and serve immediately while mixture is still frozen.

Nutritional Information per serving: 72 calories, 17.3 g carbohydrate, 0.6 total fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 4.5 g fiber, 30 mg sodium, 0.3 g protein.

Original recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2010

Variation: Try this with other frozen fruits and berries. I recommend giving these larger fruits a quick chop in a food processor before adding the Splenda and cream. Another idea is to chop fresh strawberries or other fruits into small pieces before freezing.

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