Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Color Red....



I love the color red. It makes me happy...warm....sexy...loved....excited. I think that's why I love strawberries so much...they remind me of love...and all that other stuff that goes along with love..................tonight....I lit the red lanterns that hang from my deck and ate fruit. I make this really easy white chocolate dip that goes great with any sort of fruit but especially well with strawberries.


White Chocolate Fruit Dip

8 oz of whipped cream cheese

1/2 cup plain Greek style yogurt (most grocery stores now carry this but if you can't find this just use regular yogurt or you can substitute with sour cream)

2 tablespoons of white chocolate pudding mix

2 tablespoons powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar) (more or less to your taste)

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

I recommend the following vanilla extract


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Combine all ingredients and add powdered sugar slowly at the end to taste....serve with fresh fruit....especially strawberries!


Here's some health benefits of eating strawberries...plus a whole lot of other info on this gorgeous fruit from a great website called WHfoods (the world's healthiest foods)


Strawberries
"The fragrantly sweet juiciness and deep red color of strawberries can brighten up both the taste and aesthetics of any meal; it is no wonder they are the most popular berry fruit in the world. Although strawberries have become increasingly available year-round, they are at the peak of their season from April through July when they are the most delicious and most abundant.


Health Benefits
Strawberries not only look like a fruity heart-shaped valentine, they are filled with unusual phytonutrients that love to promote your health.
Potent Antioxidant Protection from Phenols
Strawberries, like other berries, are famous in the phytonutrient world as a rich surce of phenols. In the strawberry, these phenols are led by the anthocyanins (especially anthocyanin 2) and by the ellagitannins. The anthocyanins in strawberry not only provide its flush red color, they also serve as potent antioxidants that have repeatedly been shown to help protect cell structures in the body and to prevent oxygen damage in all of the body's organ systems. Strawberries' unique phenol content makes them a heart-protective fruit, an anti-cancer fruit, and an anti-inflammatory fruit, all rolled into one. The anti-inflammatory properties of strawberry include the ability of phenols in this fruit to lessen activity of the enzyme cyclo-oxygenase, or COX. Non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen block pain by blocking this enzyme, whose overactivity has been shown to contribute to unwanted inflammation, such as that which is involved in rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, and cancer. Unlike drugs that are COX-inhibitors, however, strawberries do not cause intestinal bleeding."


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