Strawberry Soup

  • Servings: 4-6 bowls
  • Prep time: ~ 5-10 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 3 1/3 cups quartered organic strawberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup Riesling or other slightly sweet white wine
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint

This is a simple, refreshing soup perfect for a hot afternoon or fun luncheon. All you need is a blender, a good bottle of Riesling, fresh ingredients and 5 to 10 minutes of your time. You do not have to chill this soup if you use frozen strawberries but I recommend following the instructions below and chill the soup for an hour or overnight.

Strawberries are in season right now and getting sweeter every day. Adjust the amount of sugar you add according to the sweetness of the berries. I would add half the amount of sugar to start then taste and see if you want more. The greek yogurt will help level out your glucose levels but if you have issues with sugar, try Coconut Palm sugar. You will not be able to taste a difference.

Indulge with a glass of wine while you are making this. It is too good to waste! The Riesling adds sweetness as well as a little zip. You may feel the affects of the alcohol after enjoying a bowl.

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Strawberry Soup
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes Cooking time: None Chilling time: 1 hour

3 1/3 cups quartered strawberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup Riesling or other slightly sweet white wine
2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups plain fat-free yogurt
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint

Place strawberries, orange juice, wine and sugar in a blender; process until smooth. Pour strawberry puree into a bowl and add yogurt, stirring with a whisk. Cover and chill. To serve, spoon 1 cup soup into each of 5 bowls and sprinkle with mint. Yield: 5 servings

Per serving: 116 calories, 4 grams protein, 1 gram fat (percent calories from fat, 4), 21 grams carbohydrates, 1 milligrams cholesterol, 48 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber.

Why You Want to Eat This!

  • Greek yogurt improves your gastrointestinal health through the amount of probiotics and it is a good source of protein.
  • Mint may help with cold and flu symptoms due to the antiseptic and antiviral properties. It protects the liver and helps with gastrointestinal problems to relieve gas and bloating. Mint can improve breath as well as alleviate muscular pain. Mint can be used to relieve headaches and toothaches when applied topically.
  • Oranges are rich in Vitamin C.
  •  Studies are showing if you eat strawberries at least 3 times a week you will get some amazing health benefits. Strawberries can support your cardiovascular system and prevent heart disease, improve your regulation of blood sugar, prevent certain types of cancer including breast, cervical, colon and ESOPHAGEAL.The phytonutrients may be the reason inflammatory markers like C-reative protein (CRP) lower after continuous consumption.Remember to eat ORGANIC berries since they are so heavily sprayed with pesticides.

References:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=32
http://www.livestrong.com/article/359215-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-mint-herbs/

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Recipe by Back To Organic at http://backtoorganic.com/strawberry-soup/