Healthy Raspberry Recipes & Facts!

You know how Macy and I are always trying to be healthy, and find new healthy meals to serve to our families? Well as of late, we discovered a little piece of fruit that can make big impacts on your health! Did you know that not only are raspberries good for you, but they’re also good for your heart? It’s true! They are certified by the American Heart Association as a heart-healthy food. I wouldn’t lie to you!

Did you know that these little berries could be so good for your body? Well if you did, smarty pants, did you know that they also are jam packed with dietary fiber, vitamin C and manganese? (Just check out Driscoll’s® website for more interesting raspberry facts!) They can help decrease your odds for heart disease – and sorry, but your heart is kind of a vital organ. Just saying!

I’m going to give you a few more raspberry health facts, brought to you by Driscoll’s® and then I’ll get to the part where I tell you how you can incorporate these little superfoods into your diet!

Raspberry Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 cup
Calories: 60
Protein: 1g
Fat: 0g

% Daily Value
Vitamin C: 44%
Fiber: 26%
Manganese: 34%
Vitamin K: 10%
Folate: 5%

Fresh Raspberry Recipes

Now that you know what kinds of health benefits raspberries have, let’s continue on with some wonderful recipes that you can use any time that you want a healthy snack!

The first recipe I’m going to share with you is a Ginger Raspberry and Strawberry Smoothie. I’m sure you know that ginger is great for your stomach and your digestion system as well. And naturally strawberries are a great source of antioxidants that are great for our immune system. So with all that being said, enjoy this video/recipe for making a great smoothie that incorporates all these wonderful foods!

Ginger Raspberry and Strawberry Smoothie

Here’s the recipe written down, in case you didn’t catch it! Recipe and image by Driscoll’s®.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2/3 cup non-fat or low-fat milk
  • 1 cup non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 package (16 ounce) Driscoll’s Strawberries, frozen
  • 1 package (6 ounces) Driscoll’s Raspberries

Instructions

  1. Blend milk, yogurt, ginger, honey, strawberries and raspberries in a blender until pureed and smooth, stirring several times. Serve immediately.

Doesn’t it sound yummy! Plus with the Greek yogurt, you’ll also be getting some extra protein. This is a great recipe for pre/post workout snacks.

So maybe sometimes we don’t want a smoothie, we want something more solid. When that’s the case, there are definitely some yummy recipes for putting raspberries into your snack to make it healthy. This recipe incorporates fresh raspberries with some dark chocolate (antioxidants – yes!!) to make a yummy parfait. So get ready to get hungry. Here’s how you can make one of these tasty treats at home!

Yogurt Parfait with Fresh Raspberries and Dark Chocolate

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips, chunks or chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts
  • 1 package Driscoll’s Raspberries (6 ounces)

Instructions

  1. Stir yogurt and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Spoon half of yogurt mixture into 2 parfait or wine glasses. Top with half of walnuts and half of the dark chocolate.
  2. Mash half of raspberries in a small bowl and layer into parfait glasses. Top with remaining yogurt mixture, walnuts, dark chocolate and top with whole raspberries.

With these delicious raspberry recipes, you should have a great start for some healthy snack ideas for your summer. For more wonderful dessert or meal ideas that involve fresh raspberries, visit Driscoll’s website for plenty more raspberry recipes!

Bon apetit!

Hearts,

Ruby

Disclosure: We were not paid for our opinions or to put together this post. We were provided Driscoll’s coupons to purchase raspberries and produce a post about them. All opinions here are my own.

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Minnesota Suburbia Wildlife

I went for a jog the other day in the nearby park and came across a very cute family of Mallard ducks – yes family, meaning baby ducks included!! They were very, surprisingly tame and let me get nice and close to snap a couple photos. When I looked back at these photos when I got home, I was surprised at how good they turned out! So, I naturally had to share them with you guys!

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And another:

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Aren’t those little guys adorable?? And I have one last photo to share of the papa ducks. Beautiful birds!

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It was a beautiful run, and these little guys just totally made it even better. It’s just one of the many things I love about living here 🙂

Hearts,
Ruby

Hot Summer Shoes

I can admit that I have a major love for shoes. Pumps, wedges, stilettos, platform heels, sandals, ballet flats, they all make me smile! And since it’s summer, there are even more hot shoes out there that need to be viewed. I think my favorite thing to do in the summer is to go out and about with a cute pair of colorful shoes, strappy and bold! Those are my favs.

What do you pair summer heels with? Well that’s up in the air, and up for you to decide! But typically heels look great with a dress no matter what. Ballet flats look great with maxi dresses (which are so hot right now!) but so can heels! Just make sure that the bottom of the dress nearly reaches the ground so it doesn’t look goofy.

If you’re going to wear shorts with high heels, make sure that they come to your mid-thigh. Knee-length shorts can really look kind of odd with heels, so avoid that one. Lastly, skirts look gorgeous with heels as well!

Must you wear the knee-length shorts? Don’t fret! These look awesome with wedges or flats. If it’s a more casual skirt, reach for your sandals. They’ll look adorable when dressing down a skirt or dress.

Last weekend, me and the hubs went on a hot date to the Cheesecake Factory. It’s one of his favorite places for dinner so off we went!

For my shoes, I just had to wear these sultry turquoise platform heels from Target. They’ve got some gold hardware on them that are way cute! I just couldn’t resist. The best part about these shoes is that I bought them for $5 🙂 Go team!

A place that Macy and I always have luck buying cute shoes is Goodwill, believe it or not. Target often donates their leftover items to Goodwill and you can get them (still brand new) for way cheap! We’ve found all kinds of other shoes there too, like Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and of course plenty more that I can’t think of off the top of my head.

What are your favorite summery shoes? And where do you shop for them?

Hearts,

Ruby

Guest Post: Silver Lining

A new baby at home can be utterly exhausting. Any mom who’s just brought her bundle of joy home from the hospital can attest to that fact. Even me. My husband Cam and I welcomed our baby girl, Lily, into the world on August 5, 2005 via emergency C-section. Perfect. Sweet. An angel. Our extended family was beyond thrilled at its newest member and we were on cloud nine.

I was tired, but it was a tired beyond having a baby and returning to a full-time job. I was exhausted and breathless a lot of the time. Because I felt in my gut something was wrong, I went to my doctor with my concerns. After a battery of tests, I finally had my answer.

The news was not good. I was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer.

Here I was, a mom with a three-and-a-half month old baby at home, and I had cancer. In that instant, when the doctor delivered the diagnosis, my world came crashing down. It was unfair. I’d been unknowingly exposed to asbestos when I was a child and some thirty years later that exposure had resulted in cancer in the lining of my lung. The tiredness and lack of energy that I had first attributed to being a new mom had been symptoms of this disease within me.

Fifteen months. That’s how long I was told I could live – if I chose to do nothing. A ton of thoughts swirled through my head and at their forefront was my Lily. It didn’t matter how dire the diagnosis or prognosis was; I was going to fight. My husband and I flew from our Minnesota home to Boston where I entered the care of one of the best mesothelioma doctors in the country. On February 2, I underwent the removal of my left lung and all of the surrounding tissue and followed that harrowing procedure with eighteen days in the hospital plus another two months recovery before starting chemotherapy and then radiation.

All this time, my baby girl lived with my parents, in my childhood home in South Dakota. A wonderful group of family and friends gathered around my parents and Lily to help care for her while I fought cancer and they kept me up to date through photos that Cam would print out on the community printer at the hospital. The nurses and I would all try to hold back tears while we looked at beautiful Lily living happily with my parents. I missed her so much during those times but I knew I was doing what I needed so that I could be there for her throughout her life.

It’s not been an easy road by any means, being a new mom with a deadly diagnosis. There is a silver lining in all of this, though. Though cancer is a terrible disease, it has brought my family closer together than ever before and it’s made me appreciate everything in my life. Especially Lily.  As a family, we try to appreciate every single day, and all the little things.  We laugh a lot and are very grateful to have what we have.

Guest Blogger Bio

Heather Von St James is a 43-year-old wife and mother. Upon her diagnosis of mesothelioma, she vowed to be a source of hope for other patients who found themselves with the same diagnosis. Now, over 6 years later, her story has been helping people all over the globe. She continues her advocacy and awareness work by blogging, speaking and sharing her message of hope and healing with others. Check out her story at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog.

You Don’t Have to Starve Yourself to Lose Weight

Macy and I have completed two weeks of our new diet program. It’s been pretty good for the most part but I have a couple gripes. Now I know the purpose is to lose weight in six weeks which is great. But what good is losing the weight fast by eating crazy meals just to gain it back on week seven by eating your normal meals again. No one can make crazy meal plans a lifestyle. You get sick of it and cheat, fall off the wagon, and gain weight. It’s just a fact.

So when I look at our upcoming week of food, I get a little peeved because one day we fast and then the next day we can only eat one fruit item all day and that’s it. Now I’m not a nutritionist but really? It’s not healthy. Now if you want to lose the weight healthy, and make it stay off, there’s a more proven strategy to take.

1) Eat healthy. Yes it rings true no matter who you ask. Eat your fruit servings, lots of veggies, get your protein fill in and drink lots of water. Minimize alcohol intake, and try not to drink soda. If you have a strong urge every once in a while, drink it. Eat a cookie or two. As long as its a rare occasion, it’s okay! You need to let yourself have things like that sometimes otherwise you’re going to get frustrated and quit or binge and it’s not worth it.

2) Get your exercise. I don’t mean you have to enter into marathons or compete with bodybuilders. Get your body moving somehow and to your own tune! If you like biking, do it! If you can walk and have a friend to join you, that’s great! Just aim for 30 min a day and if you can increase that over time, I’d say that’s a success! Plus you will feel wonderful. It’s true!

3) Use alternatives to your everyday cooking. I used to use butter in everything I cooked. I’d use it to fry things, to put on rice or pasta, or even just to coat the pan for eggs or something. But replacing items like butter can make a huge difference in your figure without sacrificing taste. Here’s a few tips: replace butter with coconut oil. Replace vegetable oil or canola oil with extra virgin olive oil (or applesauce in recipes like cake or cookies) and right there you are taking out fats and calories and switching it to a healthy form of omega 3!

It’s subtle changes in your habits that can help you lose weight. Not crash dieting and hard core exercises that you’ll never keep up with. Make it a lifestyle and not a short term program and you’ll see differences long after six weeks 🙂

Hearts,
Ruby

Healthy Fitness, Foods and Minnesota Living

Today I woke up early for a tough start to the morning. A 5k is very much a tough start to the morning. The gun shot was at 9am (or somewhere close) and we were off. Hubby and I ran separately, mostly because he lead first place for the majority of the race. He finished in about 24 minutes! So proud of him!

Me on the other hand, finished in 34 minutes. But at least I finished! It was all cross country and kicked my butt…

On a related note, Macy and I started a new diet and workout plan this week, it’s 42 days long and we are on day 5! We are encouraged to eat healthy and move our bodies hard everyday. I’m doing well so far. Since our wedding last year, I have lost 20 pounds 🙂 it feels absolutely divine to finally fit into my old clothes again! It’s been a while and every time that I put on a pair of old pants or shorts, a little extra confidence creeps up!

Trader Joe's Marinara SauceNow what I have to do is share a couple foods that are worth sharing! Here are a couple things to try with your next shopping trip. First off is the Trader Joes marinara sauce. Hubby and I LOVED this stuff on our penne the last night on our carb load. It was great! They also make this garlic marinara sauce as well. We haven’t tried it yet but I can just imagine it tastes just as good!

Stacy's Pita Chips reviewAnother thing I have come to love is these pita chips and Macy actually introduced me to them! And they a wonderful! And healthy! You can pair it with hummus or just eat them plain, they’re so tasty! Macy had a coupon so I’m sure you can find them out there too!

That is all I have to share now. There are a lot of things that I still have to write about soon but I just have to find some time! Soon enough 😉

Hearts,
Ruby