Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How to Work Super Fruit into Your Summer Party (Guest Post by Jill McRae)

How to Work Super Fruit into Your Summer Party 
By Jill McRae of True Beverages

Balmy summer nights beg for chilled patio drinks and backyard barbecues. But before you reach for the rosé, consider fixing yourself and your loved ones a drink with Superfruits. Not only are Superfruits rich in antioxidants, but those sweet-smelling berries are great for the brain, heart and overall health. 

Whether you’re planning a family picnic, or a mommy’s night off, here are four delicious ways to work Superfruits into your summer party.

Adult Fun: 

TrueBlack Sangria is a simple recipe that is bursting with fresh fruit and flavour. Squeezed for time? Mix this sangria the day before and it will be just as tasty. The not-so-secret ingredient to this sangria is new TrueBlack juice made from grape, blackberry and aronia berry juice.

TrueBlack Sangria
½ bottle (1.89/64oz) TrueBlack Blackberry Cocktail
3 cups Cabernet Sauvignon - note: use PureBlue UnWine for a non-alcoholic version. S.R.
1 cup orange juice
1 16oz can red grapefruit sections (juice and fruit) - note: use 1 large pink grapefruit when available. S.R.
2 navel oranges sliced
2 limes sliced
1 lemon sliced
3 fresh peaches, skinned and sliced in eights
Garnish with fresh or frozen blueberries or blackberries

The Antioxidant Blutini combines the flavours of TrueBlue with citrus and nutty liquors to create a smooth, refreshing cocktail. Get your superfruit fix shaken over ice with this blueberry based cocktail that is high in antioxidants.


Antioxidant Blutini
1 oz TrueBlue (any flavour)
1 oz triple sec
½ oz amaretto
½ oz cointreau


Kids Fun:

Not only will this party punch withstand the taste test, it contains no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Wild blueberries top the superfruits chart and have been linked to promoting memory and brain health.

TrueBlue Party Punch
2 cups (500ml) TrueBlue Wild Blueberry
2 cups (500ml) ginger ale
1 cup (250ml) orange juice
2 tbsp (30ml) lemon juice


It’s not hard to convince kids to get on board with TrueBlack Blackberry Popsicles especially if you add fresh blueberries and blackberries! Simple and delicious, this is a treat that parents can feel good about offering their kids. TrueBlack Blackberry is all natural and packed with nutritious berry juices rather than sugar.

TrueBlack Swirl Popsicles
1 cup (250ml) TrueBlack Blackberry
1 cup (250 ml) plain yogurt - note: I suggest organic Greek-style plain yogurt. S.R.
1 tbsp honey

Directions:
Combine honey with yogurt. Pour an inch of yogurt into the popsicle molds, then an inch of TrueBlack juice, and repeat until the molds are filled. Use a chopstick or skewer to gently swirl the liquids together. Freeze overnight.

Jill McRae is a mom and Chief Tastemaker for True Beverages, which are made in Canada and formulated without additives or preservatives. Taste how much they care by trying these delicious and natural, close to home juice blends. For more information visit: www.leadingbrandsinc.com and for more recipes check out http://www.leadingbrandsinc.com/recipes.html

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I started my "working life" as a holistic and allopathic nutritional consultant with a love of cooking. Teaching the value of wholesome meal choices to families became close to my heart after I battled a long history of struggles with weight and health, and the passion for teaching led me into where I am now. My blog, which focuses on "bringing good taste to healthier food" through creative use of whole grains, fresh produce and acknowledging the importance of the occasional treat, also features a wealth of "specialty diet" friendly recipes for gluten-, egg-, dairy- and sugar- tree nut-free items that everyone can enjoy without alienating those who need them.

Overall, I want to bring back the desire for good quality, homemade, (mostly) healthy food into the hearts and kitchens of families so that the next generation will be less box-reliant than mine. I firmly believe that any “homemade” food, even when labelled as "naughty", is a more wholesome treat than pre-packaged, cookie-cutter junk. With the knowledge of good food (and how to cook good food) as a base, a healthy lifestyle can follow, and then anything is possible!

Today, my love for teaching is branching out even further - I'm in Montessori training to solidify my love for the system and working with children and families!