April 1, 2013

Guacamole

Guacamole is enjoyed by many and can be fun to make too. Haas avocados are good to use. They are ripe and ready to use when the shin is black, and not bright green. Some people like to add some fresh chilis to their guacamole, but make sure not to put too much. Thai chilis or jalapenos are two options to pick from. Chopped tomatoes and cilantro are two more options that add flavor to the dish.

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March 11, 2013

Nutty Magdalenas

Ever heard of Nutty Magdalenas ? These small treats are kind of like muffins or cupcakes, moist and nutty with a small hint of olive oil; they are very good to taste. They can be made with hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, or any combination of nuts. They can be baked using a cookie sheet or muffin tins. If you are using a baking sheet, be sure to spread them out enough to give them room to grow.

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January 10, 2013

How Fruits Make a Good Snack for Kids

Are you too convinced that we place too much emphasis on whether we should be eating low carb, high carb, low fat, high fat, high protein, etc.? While there’s nothing wrong with all these, I would suggest giving focus on foods that provide the most micronutrients, and phytochemicals – fruits and vegetables.

In the effort to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, fruit salads are what I know of that they enjoy very much. Fresh fruit salad is a kid favorite. Jam-packed with fresh fruits and vegetables, this snack idea is full of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Different colored fruit and veggies have different health benefits so try and have as many different colors as you can. It’s also good idea to include some in every meal like adding chopped fruit to yogurt.

Fruit and vegetables can be served raw, grated, diced, or baked. They can also be added to other ingredients. These five strategies from Kids Health, click here, can improve nutrition in children. Several fruits and vegetables are calcium-rich, as well. So aside from milk, fresh fruits make a healthy alternative that promotes healthy bones and teeth. Children need calcium to help muscles work, helps blood vessels expand and contract, helps your body secrete enzymes and hormones, and helps the nervous system function. Children are active by nature and the potassium content of fruits helps their body function smoothly. It’s very important for maintaining a healthy heart, muscular function, and digestion.

All of the nutrients in fruits have a very important role in children’s growth and development. They are also naturally free of added sugars and solid fat, and most are “nutrient dense” foods that provide a large amount of nutrients for a minimal amount of calories. For these reasons, the more fruits and vegetables kids eat, the more likely they are to be a healthy weight. If fruits make a good snack to kids, its also the healthiest suggestion for grannies. They will love this fruit-loaded muffin suggestion. Get the recipe.

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October 17, 2012

Top 10 Fruit Pies Perfect for These Months

Sweet Tart Apple Berry Apricot Pie: They all combine in this wonderful pie creation. Since these are our favorite flavors , combining them was a “given”!!! The texture and flavor are incredible and I know you will think so, too. Keep reading to learn how to make the different fruit pies that we can’t get enough of these days.

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Top 10 Fruit Pies (Perfect for July, August, and September!)

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September 29, 2012

Fresh Fruit Cake

If you are looking for a quick, simple, but to die for desert recipe look no further than this delightful fresh fruit cake! This scrumptious treat is even cooked in a saute pan, making it the perfect size for couples and small families. This recipe is always a crowd pleaser, and ensures rave reviews.

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September 26, 2012

Vanilla Peach and Graham Cracker Ice Cream and the Big Summer Potluck

As summer winds down many of us are clingy to the last signs of summer. Peach and plum season are coming to an end as we see more apples and pears appearing. If you are like me who want to snag up these wonderful summer fruits before they’re all gone, but what to do with them?  This Vanilla Peach and Graham Cracker Ice Cream recipe is sure to impress and leave you nostalgic for summers long days.

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September 25, 2012

San Juan and a Guava Pound Cake

After a brief recounting of time spent in San Juan, the author shares a recipe for guava cake. The recipes include unsweetened butter, vegetable shortening, cream cheese, guava paste, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, six eggs, self-rising flour, orange zest, and a cup of milk. This cake is best served with a glass of milk or champagne.

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September 24, 2012

Damson Plums for a Fabulous Jam

Damson plums are purple-black plums that are generally the size of a large olive. It takes about two bites to finish a damson plum. The name “damson” comes from the “Plum of Damascus.” Damson plums are best used for cooking and jams. The damson plums are among an older variety of plums. They are known to have a distinct attractive flavor.

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September 14, 2012

10 Cures for Watermelancholy

When summer starts to reach its close, also comes the end of watermelon season. What do you do when you want to have the delicious taste of watermelon in the middle of autumn? Well, a few simple recipes for these watermelon flavored alcoholic beverages should have you over your blues in no time at all.

[Editor’s Note: You might enjoy other alternative to watermelon cocktails with quick to make fresh blended juice of watermelon and other fruits using a stick blender]

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September 12, 2012

Green Smoothie Recipes – But Why Greens

In general, eating the required “greens” can be a challenge. If you are a busy person, all the more that you find it of lesser chance to get those greens accordingly. But why greens?

Green plant foods balance the body’s pH. Modern meals consume high protein foods and sweetened drinks that promotes yeast and fungi to grow inside the body. Traditional breakfasts contain most of these high protein foods like omelette, bacon, sausage, meats etc., which also compromise the inner fluids that leads to higher acid levels in the body. The healthy greens found in green fruits and vegetables give life to the human health. Since we get these greens from plants, it is just as important knowing that all plants accumulate nutrients long before seeds are formed, putting greens in the category as the most nutritious foods we could eat. Since fiber is plants’ main components, you are sure of how your drinks help clean out your digestive system.

Mixed greens

Ingredients

  • 1 green apple (you may use red)
  • ¼ of a capsicum
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 beet
  • Small amount of red cabbage
  • 1 sweet banana (optional)

 How

Just blend together and enjoy! This smoothie drink is perfect for building immunity and weight loss.

Fruit-a-licious

Ingredients

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 green apple (you may use red)
  • ½ to 1 small beetroot
  • 1 sweet banana (optional)

 How

Put all ingredients in the blender; blend and drink. This is best for building immunity.

Greens smoothie

Ingredients

  • 4 spinach leaves
  • 1 beet
  • 1 /2 kiwi
  • 1 large banana

How

Do the same procedure as above.

Have you tried wheatgrass? The barley sachet powder drinks we see in the market is a good source; but well, concentrated grass juice is still a lot more potent, pretty better, and even affordable. You can buy wheatgrass in pill form, liquid form, and the living form. With thoughts that it would really be great for juicing, I was pleasantly surprised by the nice taste of carrots, green bell peppers, parsnips, and green apples. Experimenting with my Hurom slow juicer, each day I move forward with a new vegetable to add in to my mixtures in search of more flavorful at the same time detoxifying concoctions that will be loved.

Wheatgrass and Hurom slow juicer

If you don’t have a slow juicer, you can make them with an immersion blender.  I am proud that my slow juicer and stick blender are the most used appliance in my kitchen.  What I really appreciate about my stick blender is that it works so perfectly with frozen fruits that smoothies come out smooth no matter what I put in them.

I can say that refreshing green recipes are the only drinks with the highest ability to do the body a gentle detox. Wheatgrass, dandelion greens, berries, banana, apples are top most when you are looking for better digestive advantage. When making smoothies for picky kids, I usually double the amount of green apples in a recipe. This way I am sure the apple flavor dominates and kids will not detect the other ingredients I have hidden inside their favorite foods.

Enjoy your smoothies!

 


 

 

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