When biting into a raspberry, I get that sharp tangy taste. That distinctive taste of awesomeness that makes me feel fresh. That fresh feeling makes me feel healthy and that is a feeling I genuinely love feeling.
Apart from the fact that raspberries are fabulous little antioxidants, there is also research, proving that raspberries have the potential to improve management of obesity. Although this research is in its early days, scientists now know that metabolism in our fat cells can be increased by phytonutrients, which are found in raspberries. Most of you would know the marketing terms for this – raspberry ketone. This in itself is reason enough for me to consume these little berries by the bucket load.
The problem with raspberries is their inability to stay fresh for longer than a minute. I spend a fortune buying them, and before I know it, they have furry bits that send me into a flurry of grossness and I chuck the whole bunch into the dustbin.
So, I got smart…
Since this is the main ingredient in one of my favourite breakfast smoothies, I need to buy it regularly. Instead of using what I need and trying to save the rest for use in a day or two, I decided to throw them all into the blender, along with a half a glass of water.
I blended the lot together and then emptied the contents of the jug into an ice tray. I deposited the raspberry filled ice trays into the freezer, leaving the mixture to harden. A couple of days later, when the urge was calling, I simply popped a couple of the frozen blocks out, threw them into the blender and mixed them all up as normal. It was perfect! And no waste.