Berry “Shaved” Ice: Perfect Summer Recipe

Written by Chris

Berry "Shaved" Ice

My kids love the snow…and by love, I mean playing in it and eating it! Even though I tell them to only eat freshly-fallen, clean, white-colored snow, I still get nervous they may mistakenly eat “yellow” snow. So not only did I want to develop this recipe for Nestlé, I needed to as a mom.

This is basically my version of a snow cone, only healthier. The beauty of the recipe is that you can use just about any flavor of Juicy Juice, and the same goes for the berries/fruit. And, it’s so easy, using ice cube trays to make them. The kids will want to help.

Berry "Shaved" Ice

For the freshest produce, try farmers’ markets that offer berries/fruit harvested that same day. For this recipe, I used blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Frozen berries work too; they are still delicious and good for you! Berries are also one of the best nutritional bargains around – low in fat, carbs and calories, but high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. So, they may even help prevent cancer and heart disease as well as slow the aging process – who doesn’t need that?

Blueberries are the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. They are rich in antioxidants like Anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, selenium, zinc, iron. A cup of blackberries contain a day’s worth of manganese, while the same amount of raspberries supplies a third of our daily niacin needs. One cup of strawberries contains over 100 mg of vitamin C, almost as much as a cup of orange juice. We need vitamin C for immune system function and for strong connective tissue. Strawberries also add a bit of calcium, magnesium, foliate and potassium.

Tips for berries:

  • Buy fresh berries while they’re in season at local farmers’ markets where they are fresh, locally-grown and abundant from April through October.
  • Don’t wash until ready to use.
  • Store (in a single layer if possible) in a moisture proof container.
  • Blueberries are the heartiest and will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • Strawberries and raspberries will last approximately 2-3 days, and blackberries just 1-2 days.
  • Consider buying in bulk and then freeze what you don’t eat so you can continue to enjoy their health benefits throughout the year (berries should be dry before they get frozen).
  • Adding a bit of cornstarch will help prevent sticking when freezing.

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Related fruity recipes:

Spring Fruit Tart recipe
Spring Fruit Tart
Berry Delicious Juice Snacks recipe
Berry Delicious Juice Snacks

One Comment

  1. Posted May 21, 2010 at 8:02 am | Permalink | Reply

    Excellent post! I often forget to do this so this is a great reminder. Especially since summer is coming and the heat is vicious. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Thanks for the cornstarch tip, would have never known

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