We've been trying to eat healthier, so I've started serving blueberry yogurt to Lulu as a late night snack instead of one of my decadent desserts. Blueberries are delicious and packed with antioxidants. Many studies have concluded that a diet high in antioxidant foods prevents heart disease, cancer and reduces blood pressure. I typically serve the yogurt with unsweetened green tea (another antioxidant) mixed with vanilla soy milk.
Yields: 4 servings1-1/4 cups low-fat plain yogurt
3/4 teaspoon raspberry extract
2-3 tablespoons raw honey, to taste
1 (4-ounce) package fresh blueberries
2 teaspoons sugar (I used turbinado sugar)
1 dozen fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
Rinse the blueberries and pat them dry with paper towels. Place the blueberries in a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar. Add finely chopped mint. Toss the blueberries to ensure all the blueberries are coated with sugar. Some juice will form at the bottom of the bowl. Toss occasionally. Let stand for 10-15 minutes. Reserve 4 blueberries for garnish later.
In a separate bowl, combine the yogurt, raspberry extract and honey.
Be organized. Line up 4 small clear glasses. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of blueberries (without their liquid) into each glass. Create an even layer.
Slightly blend the remaining blueberry juice from the fruits with the yogurt. Do not over-mix, so you can still see a pretty swirl.
Fill the glasses with yogurt until you reach the top of the glass. Garnish with a blueberry, a small mint leaf and dust with powdered sugar.
Pair blueberry yogurt with a cup of green tea with vanilla soymilk. (Count 1 part green tea per 1 part vanilla soy milk). Dust a little powdered sugar as decoration, if you like.
I made my own yogurt all summer. It's easier that you imagine; making homemade yogurt doesn't even require a yogurt maker. You can check for the recipe here.
Our local market still carries fresh blueberries, but you can use frozen blueberries if fresh ones aren't in season.
You can find turbinado sugar in specialty food stores or online.
I still have a little mint in my garden. I wonder how many days it's going to last. The weather is changing so much.
I found some raspberry extract in my pantry; I bought it at a local store, the Milk Pail Market, 2585 California Street, Mountain View, CA 94040 but you can order through Amazon as well. If you don't have any, you can substitute any other extracts such a vanilla extract.
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