1 BetterBerri pouch
1 medium banana
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/3 cup frozen unsweetened dark cherries
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 cup frozen strawberries
1 pitted date
1 Tbsp natural peanut butter
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
Our good friend Whole Living Lauren made this smoothie during her demonstration at a Forum we recently hosted. We received a lot of requests for the recipe so without further delay here it is! Check our her blog www.wholelivinglauren.com for some other amazingly delicious recipe's.
(Photo and recipe are courtesy of wholelivinglauren.com)
- The BetterBerri Jewel Box (available in our store)
- Lemonade (any brand works)
Dale Stokes is a biologist, educator, business owner and fourth generation berry farmer (now in his mid-70’s) who dedicates his life to growing and developing superior tasting raspberries that help others. With a Master's in Biology from OSU, Dale and his decades old farm has been a key contributor to cancer prevention research for the past 30 years. Largely unrecognized, is Dale's relationship to several laboratory and clinical studies linking the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory healing remedies found in black raspberries to treatments for cancer patients.
The flesh and juices of a typical black raspberry hold nutrients and enzymes that can be useful in the treatment of most cancers. Dale, his son Mark, and their families now harvest berry plants in mass quantities each summer. Their precise system ensures the nutritional value of every berry, and is what cancer researchers and scientists have come to rely on.
Dale’s farm is unique, he says, because of its longevity and the breeding work he does on-site by hand. We believe his extra time and effort is one reason why our black raspberries taste so fresh and delicious. His energy inspires us carry on creating more and more great products with black raspberries.
One hundred percent of the berries in The BetterBerri Jewel Box are from Dale's harvest.
Researcher and horticulturalist Charlie O’Dell published the following article in the journal Growing Produce. In it, he highlights an Ohio State study that uses an Ohio Jewel variety of black raspberry.
Here’s what he had to say about the black raspberry as a nutritional powerhouse.
“For years, scientists have touted the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, and are continuing to work to gain an understanding of the particular anti-oxidant compounds involved that are thought to have cancer-preventing properties. All berries fare well in such research.
“USDA scientists now recommend people consume between 3,000 and 5,000 oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) units each day to maintain optimal antioxidant protection to the body’s tissues and plasma. In order to meet these recommendations it may be necessary to include nutritional powerhouses like dark-colored berries. Simply adding one cup of berries to the diet each day provides 3,000 or more ORAC units!”
O’Dell goes on to write about the chemo-preventative compounds in black raspberries which researchers classify as blocking agents because they may impede the beginning stage of cancers. The compounds are also classified as suppressing agents as they may help impede that progression stage of cancers.
“One reason for black raspberries’ seemingly stellar health advantage may be their richness in compounds such as anthocyanins which give berries their near-black pigment; phenols, such as ellagic, courmaric and ferulic acid; calcium; and vitamins A, C, E, and folic acid. In clinical studies with rodents at Ohio State University, when injected with a cancer-causing agent that developed colon tumors, those fed diets rich in black raspberries showed 80% fewer malignant tumors compared to rats that had no black raspberries in their diets.
“Such research tells me that we should be including berries in our diet, not just in-season, but year-round!”
The good news is that we make the goodness of black raspberries available all year round.
Charlie goes on to write that cancer researchers at OSU recommend that, at the very least, we should consider making black raspberries one of our five or more servings of fruit and vegetables every day. Medical and nutritional experts estimate that more than two-thirds of human cancer can be prevented through appropriate lifestyle modifications such as exercise and eating healthy.
You can read the full article here: http://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/berries/why-you-should-be-growing-black-raspberries/
It’s always a good idea to consume whole foods (or as we like to call it, wholesome nutrition).
You’re probably wondering - what does that mean?
Whole foods are different than processed foods, and yet we live in a society that eats a lot of processed and manufactured foods.
A common misconception, but whole foods are also not organic, all natural, or local. In fact, the definition of whole food is pretty simple. A spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association put it like this.
"When you eat whole foods, you're getting the food in its natural state. You're getting it intact, with all of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are in the food.”
It’s the difference between drinking apple juice and eating an apple.
Eating healthy whole foods in general have all sorts of benefits. For example, many studies have found that a diet high in healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are associated with a reduced risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, many types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
So why should I be eating whole foods?
Well, whole foods are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They also contain phytochemicals, the name for natural compounds in plants. Thousands of these individual phytochemicals have been identified by scientists, while many more still remain unknown. What is known is that they help in different ways. For example, some are antioxidants which protect cells against damage.
Black raspberries have very high levels of antioxidants which is one reason for their frequent use in university research.
There is a certain synergy to all the phytochemicals working together in whole foods which can't be replicated.
We believe in retaining the wholesome synergy in foods, which is why we believe our dedication to wholesome nutrition makes us better for your everyday consumption.
But don’t take our word for it, try out the BetterBerri Jewel Box today.
The Harvard Business Review recently published an article on the “clean label” movement and defines it for the food industry as a focus on having fewer ingredients and a clear explanation about food origins.
In line with this principle is the BetterBerri mission, which is to provide healthy wholesome nutrition from good growing conditions and a careful process for everyone to enjoy. We keep it simple. Using one primary ingredient we can practice origin labeling, which is explaining how and where our food is grown.
In fact, we even go a step further by listing out the “natural skins, seeds, nectar and pulp” that make up the freeze-dried black raspberry powder of our BetterBerri powder products. We do this to highlight its distinctive real-food synergy.
But looking at the big picture, a clean label is about company-wide transparency.
We founded Wellberri, Inc. to promote healthy living, and we believe berries like the black raspberry offer a template to do that. The realization of this vision is "All4You" in which for every item we sell we give 10 percent more in berries to support alternative treatments for chronic disease. (Read more about All4You here.)
Remember to pay attention to what you eat and ask questions about where your food comes from. Live better!
We believe good growing conditions make BetterBerri unique.
According to Richard Funt, PhD, professor emeritus of horticulture and crop science in the OSU College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science, seeking and producing berries that have high levels of antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, E and selenium should be a goal.
He says that when berry plants are grown in amended soils using composts and under high levels of sunlight, they tend to be higher in certain components than other fruits. Organic amendments are important because they increase soil organic matter content to improve nutrient-holding capacity. Many organic amendments contain plant nutrients and naturally act as organic fertilizers.
Funt says good growing conditions allow more flavonoids, a type of cancer-fighting nutrient, to be produced by plants to ward off their own diseases and bacteria. Funt says that OSU leads the nation in working with combined agricultural and medical research.
We believe in good growing conditions, which is why we partner with knowledgeable growers who know what they're doing, and passionately work to produce a better berry year after year!
1 pear (sliced)
1 golden delicious apple (sliced)
1 kiwi (sliced)
1 BetterBerri pouch
Pomegranate juice (splash)
This recipe should make enough for two. Kiwis are a great source of fiber and are also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant known to protect skin from degeneration. Enjoy!
1 ripe banana
½ golden delicious apple (slices)
1/3 cup of plain fat free Greek yogurt
½ cup of soy milk
½ cup of frozen blackberries
½ cup of frozen blueberries
½ cup of soy milk
1 BetterBerri Pouch
Why? Because sometimes you just need a delicious black and white berry smoothie! Blend the ingredients in layer one and then pour into a glass. Then, blend layer two and pour over layer one. Tada…mmmmm!
150g peanut butter
1tsp vanilla extract
50g traditional oats
50g shredded coconut
40g maple syrup
20g BetterBerri Powder (4 pouches, or 20 scoops)
30g mini chocolate chips
1-2 servings of your favorite protein powder
(Optional) 20g of cocoa powder (add more peanut butter if necessary)
Combine ingredients in a medium bowl. Then, shape the mixture into balls and store in the refrigerator. Should make around 6 bites which have about 15-20g of protein in each. Most people get enough protein, but if you feel like you’re in a rut you might not be. These BetterBerri Chip Protein Bites can help you get the protein you need for a great day!
Our mission is to help you live a healthy and happy life by nourishing your body. Cherish life and help others do the same with healthy wholesome nutrition from good growing conditions and a careful process.