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Recipe: Smooth Raspberry Refreshers

Recipe: Smooth Raspberry Refreshers

Smooth Raspberry Refreshers

by Jacy Shoener
Photo by Bozhena Melnyk/Shutterstock.com
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
makes
4-12 servings

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Smooth Raspberry Refreshers

These refreshing fruit smoothies are made with Greek yogurt, which contains protein, probiotics, and antioxidants.

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • blend :

    to stir together two or more ingredients until just combined; blending is a gentler process than mixing.

  • drizzle :

    to trickle a thin stream of a liquid ingredient, like icing or sauce, over food.

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • pour :

    to cause liquid, granules, or powder to stream from one container into another.

Equipment Checklist

  • Blender (or pitcher + immersion blender)
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
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Ingredients

Smooth Raspberry Refreshers

  • 1 3/4 C Greek yogurt **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free yogurt)**
  • 2 C frozen raspberries **(for RASPBERRY ALLERGY sub any other frozen fruit, depending on allergy)**
  • 1/4 cup maple or agave syrup/honey/sugar
  • 3 C ice
  • Yogurt Delightful Drizzle (see recipe), optional if available

Food Allergen Substitutions

Smooth Raspberry Refreshers

  • Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free yogurt.
  • Raspberries: Substitute any other frozen fruit for raspberries, depending on allergy

Instructions

Smooth Raspberry Refreshers

1.
measure + add

Measure and add the following to a blender (or pitcher for use with an immersion blender): 1 3/4 cups Greek yogurt, 2 cups frozen raspberries, 1/4 cup maple syrup or other sweetener, and 3 cups ice.

2.
blend + pour + drizzle + serve

Blend until smooth, then pour into cups. If you have any Yogurt Delightful Drizzle left over from another recipe, you can drizzle some on top of your Smooth Raspberry Refreshers before serving. Enjoy!

Surprise Ingredient: Raspberry!

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Hi! I'm Raspberry!

"Raspberries are a delicious and pretty summer fruit. You are probably used to seeing red raspberries, but we can also be purple or black! We're good on cereal and ice cream, and we add a tasty and appealing touch to lemonade. Of course, we're also great all by ourselves!"

History & Etymology

  • The raspberry is native to Europe and parts of Asia. There is also a species native to North America, although some believe it is a variation of the Eurasian species. 
  • It is believed that the Romans took the raspberry to other parts of their empire, including Britain. 
  • Red raspberry juice was once used to color ancient artwork. 
  • Russia produces the most raspberries worldwide—182,000 tons per year! The United States is the 5th largest producer.
  • Most of the raspberries grown in the US are produced in California, Oregon, and Washington. 
  • The word "raspberry" came from the early 17th century English dialect "rasp" (with the English word "berry"), which may have derived from the mid-15th century "raspise," a sweet rose-colored wine.  

Anatomy

  • The raspberry plant belongs to the rose family. There are over 200 species of raspberries.
  • Raspberry plants are perennials, meaning they grow back every year after their initial planting.
  • The raspberry is related to the blackberry. One difference between the two berries is that when you pick a raspberry, the stem (or torus) stays on the plant, leaving a hollow core. However, when you pick a blackberry, the torus remains in the fruit.
  • Raspberries have tiny hairs called "styles," the remains of the pistil, the female part of the flower. They may help protect the berries from insects.
  • Raspberry varieties can be red, gold, purple, or black in color. 
  • A raspberry is an aggregate fruit. Each berry contains around 100 tiny fruits, called drupelets, each filled with a single seed. 
  • One raspberry plant produces a few hundred raspberries each year.
  • The root of a raspberry plant can survive for up to 10 years!

How to Pick, Buy, & Eat

  • If you grow raspberries or get them from a u-pick farm, choose berries that are full, plump, and bright in color. They should not be soft or mushy. Gently pull on the berry; if it does not come off easily, leave it on the bush, as the berry is not yet ripe. 
  • Once raspberries have been picked, they won't ripen any further. 
  • When selecting raspberries from a market, also make sure none of the fruit is starting to develop mold. 
  • Do not rinse your raspberries until you are ready to eat them. Store them in the refrigerator, where you will see them, in the container they came in.
  • Raspberries can be made into sauces (for poultry or desserts), jams, or jellies. 
  • You can eat fresh raspberries alone or on top of yogurt, ice cream, cereal, or salads. 
  • You can add raspberries to pies, cakes, breads, or muffins and add them to drinks, such as smoothies or punches. 

Nutrition

  • Raspberries are high in fiber, the highest of any fruit! They help keep our intestines clean, like a free-flowing highway, while a lack of fiber can cause a traffic jam in our intestines.
  • Raspberries are high in antioxidants! Antioxidants scavenge for harmful chemicals in our body, like a vacuum cleaner sucks up dirt. Cells love antioxidants!
  • Raspberries are rich in vitamin C! Eating one cup of raspberries will supply almost half of your daily requirement of vitamin C! That is good for your heart and skin and fighting the cold and flu!

History of Smoothies!

Photo by Viktoriia Hnatiuk/Shutterstock.com
  • Smoothies were first created and christened "smoothies" in the early 1970s by Steve Kuhnau. He had a dairy allergy and wanted to make a healthy drink similar to a milkshake that did not contain ice cream. He tried blending different fruits and proteins and eventually came up with the smoothie! He opened the Smoothie King in 1973, which sold smoothies and health foods.
  • During the health food trend of the 1980s, smoothies became more widely popular, as they typically included fruit, vegetables, and other nutritious ingredients. 
  • Protein smoothies have protein powder added to them. They may also include milk or other dairy products. They act as a protein supplement for those who need more protein in their diet.
  • Green smoothies consist of fruit and leafy green vegetables, like spinach or kale. Yogurt smoothies include yogurt for protein. The "lassi" from India is a smoothie-type beverage consisting of yogurt, mango, sugar, and ice. 
  • Smoothies are a delicious way to eat your fruits and vegetables!

Let's Learn About the United States!

Photo by JeniFoto/Shutterstock.com (July 4th Picnic)
  • Most of the United States of America (USA) is in North America. It shares its northern border with Canada and its southern border with Mexico. It consists of 50 states, 1 federal district, 5 territories, 9 Minor Outlying Islands, and 326 Indian reservations. 
  • The country's total area is 3,796,742 square miles, globally the third largest after Russia and Canada. The US population is over 333 million, making it the third most populous country in the world, after China and India.
  • The United States of America declared itself an independent nation from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, by issuing the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Revolutionary War between the US and Great Britain was fought from 1775-1783. We only had 13 colonies at that time! On September 9, 1976, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and declared that the new nation would be called the United States. 
  • The 13 colonies became states after each ratified the constitution of the new United States, with Delaware being the first on December 7, 1787.  
  • The 13 stripes on the US flag represent those first 13 colonies, and the 50 stars represent our 50 states. The red color of the flag symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes innocence and purity, and blue symbolizes vigilance and justice.
  • Before settling in Washington DC, a federal district, the nation's capital resided in New York City and then Philadelphia for a short time. New York City is the largest city in the US and is considered its financial center. 
  • The US does not have a recognized official language! However, English is effectively the national language. 
  • The American dollar is the national currency. The nickname for a dollar, "buck," comes from colonial times when people traded goods for buckskins!
  • Because the United States is so large, there is a wide variety of climates and types of geography. The Mississippi/Missouri River, running primarily north to south, is the fourth-longest river system in the world. On the east side of the Mississippi are the Appalachian Mountains, the Adirondack Mountains, and the East Coast, next to the Atlantic Ocean. 
  • On the west side of the Mississippi are the flat Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains (or Rockies), and the West Coast, next to the Pacific Ocean, with several more mountain ranges in coastal states, such as the Sierras and the Cascades. Between the coasts and the north and south borders are several forests, lakes (including the Great Lakes), rivers, swamps, deserts, and volcanos. 
  • Several animals are unique to the US, such as the American bison (or American buffalo), the bald eagle, the California condor, the American black bear, the groundhog, the American alligator, and the pronghorn (or American antelope). 
  • The US has 63 national parks. The Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, and the Grand Canyon, with the Colorado River flowing through it, are among the most well-known and visited.
  • Cuisine in the US was influenced early on by the indigenous people of North America who lived there before Europeans arrived. They introduced beans, corn, potatoes, squash, berries, fish, turkey, venison, dried meats, and more to the new settlers. Other influences include the widely varied foods and dishes of enslaved people from Africa and immigrants from Asia, Europe, Central and South America, and the Pacific Islands. 

What's It Like to Be a Kid in the United States?

  • Education is compulsory in the US, and kids may go to a public or private school or be home-schooled. Most schools do not require students to wear uniforms, but some private schools do. The school year runs from mid-August or the beginning of September to the end of May or the middle of June.
  • Kids generally start school at about five years old in kindergarten or earlier in preschool and continue through 12th grade in high school. After that, many go on to university, community college, or technical school. 
  • Spanish, French, and German are the most popular foreign languages kids learn in US schools. 
  • Kids may participate in many different school and after-school sports, including baseball, soccer, American football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming, and track and field. In grade school, kids may join in playground games like hopscotch, four-square, kickball, tetherball, jump rope, or tag.
  • There are several fun activities that American kids enjoy doing with their friends and families, such as picnicking, hiking, going to the beach or swimming, or going to children's and natural history museums, zoos and wild animal parks, amusement parks, water parks, state parks, or national parks. Popular amusement parks include Disneyland, Disney World, Legoland, Six Flags, and Universal Studios.
  • On Independence Day or the 4th of July, kids enjoy a day off from school, picnicking, and watching fireworks with their families. 
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the last Thursday in November when students get 2 to 5 days off school. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are popular December holidays, and there are 2 or 3 weeks of winter vacation. Easter is celebrated in March, April, or May, and kids enjoy a week of spring recess around that time.  
  • Barbecued hot dogs or hamburgers, watermelon, apple pie, and ice cream are popular kid foods for 4th of July celebrations. Turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are traditional Thanksgiving foods. Birthday parties with cake and ice cream are very important celebrations for kids in the United States!

That's Berry Funny

What did the raspberry say to the tart? 

"I like you berry much."

Lettuce Joke Around

What do you call a raspberry that uses foul language? 

Berry Rude.

That's Berry Funny

Why does milk turn into yogurt when you take it to a museum?

Because it becomes cultured!

Lettuce Joke Around

What did one raspberry say to the other raspberry? 

"If you weren't so sweet, we wouldn't be in this jam!"

THYME for a Laugh

What is the only food that you are allowed to play with? 

Yo-Yo Gurt!

Lettuce Joke Around

What do you call raspberries playing the guitar? 

A jam session!

THYME for a Laugh

What do you call a raspberry who got stepped on? 

Toe Jam.

The Yolk's On You

What do you call a sad raspberry? 

A blueberry.

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