How to use Saffron🥘

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Saffron crocus, from the Iris family, is a beautiful flower that produces Stigma, as we also know as saffron. The threads of saffron added to chicken or red meat produces a beautiful orange color, and sweet fragrance that makes any dish absolutely beautiful, and delicious. Since harvesting saffron is a difficult process, a small amount as little as .025oz can cost around $10.00. I have watched my grandmother, and mom cook with saffron all my life, and when I was little loved the responsibility of preparing saffron, by crushing it, and pouring it into a dish or adding it later for its color to chicken or rice.Preparing Saffron

Fortunately saffron is used in very small amounts, and a pinch (only 3-4 threads) is all you need for a platter of rice, and only a teaspoon for a pot of sauce. Saffron is high in antioxidants, helps depression, PMS symptoms, and helps with healthy vascular system.

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Hot Tea With More Flavor

Ginger, Honey, Lemon, Mint, candied Orange

It is easy just to brew a dark cup of tea, and before drinking it plain, add more flavor to it. Not just flavor, but also ingredients that can calm your stomach, calm your nerves and help you have a better day. I usually have a few things in the pantry, and depending on how I feel, I add to my hot tea : ginger, lemon (dry lemon) mint, honey, and sometimes crushed cardamom seeds for more flavor.
Crystallized ginger slowly melts in hot tea and adds more antioxidants, it is anti inflammatory , eases headaches & migraines, and lowers blood pressure. Adding lemon to your tea, can boost your immune system and increase your vitamin C intake. Honey is great for soothing a sore throat, and sweetening your tea naturally. Adding mint to hot tea reduces headaches, Improves immune system, and helps digestive system.
And my favorite candied orange slices, add natural sweetness, wonderful flavor, and vitamin C. Today, take a few minutes, and treat yourself to a hot cup of tea, any way you like It ☺️

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Give Brussels sprouts a chance this fall!!

Brussels sprouts Packed with nutrients👍

These little guys are so good for us, and with a little help can become everyone’s favorite vegetable. It is not a age thing, it just how you take the smell and the texture of these cute round cabbage looking vegetables.

A fall vegetable, Brussels sprouts are from the cabbage family and packed with nutrients. As I have learned from years of preparing them, I believe fresh ones taste much better than frozen ones. I use salt and cheese to sautéed them and serve them immediately or sautéed them with glazed balsamic vinegar.

Fresh Brussels sprouts

Rich in antioxidants High in fiber Packed with vitamin C & K Reduce inflammation Regulates blood sugar

Please watch my video on how to prepare and cook a delicious side dish with Brussels sprouts 💕

Smoothies for a snack 😋😌👍

Who doesn’t like to snack? When taking a refuge at home from the summer heat, it is easy to wonder around the kitchen looking for snacks. I am fan of snacking, and I can spend hours creating cheese trays or snack trays. I mix the chips with the healthy nuts and berries, and balance the bland with salty and spicy. Healthy snacks is what I am all about. Being a vegetarian most of my life my family gets bored with my healthy collection of berries, and nuts, so I give them a break by making smoothies on hot summer afternoons.

With smoothies everything goes. What you add for sweetness is a major part of keeping it healthy. To make smoothies sweet I often add honey, maple syrup, nutella and peanut butter. To make the mix smooth for drinking I add vanilla or chocolate soy, orange juice, or milk. Some cinnamon, vanilla extract with few drops of lemon juice for extra flavor.

Stay cool, and fill the gaps with yummy snacks.😘

Smoothie recipe:

Two bananas

1/2 mango

1/2 cup raspberries

1/2 cup blueberries (or other berries)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1cup OJ

1 Tsp Nutella

1Tsp of Honey for sweetness add as needed

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Summer Salad with Watermelon

Best way to eat fruits & vegetables sometimes is to make a nice salad. I have found it to be easier to add flavor and excitement to our food and get our kids to eat more fresh and healthy food.

One summer fruit that I love to serve is watermelon. With 1200 varieties, it is sweet, juicy, full of nutrients, and easy to serve.

Thirst quenching watermelon has many benefits, with 92% water, drinking its juice is an important way to keep our body hydrated.

Low in calories only 46 calories per cup, it is a great recovery beverage after a workout, and packed with vitamins, that help with :

1- Lowering blood pressure

2- high in antioxidants – prevents cell damage

3- helps in preventing cancer

4- helps with inflammation

5- helps with muscle soreness

6- helps with healthy hair & skin

One of my favorite salads in summer is watermelon feta cheese salad. Served with mint, glaze balsamic vinegar, olive oil, is cool and refreshing and everyone’s favorite.

Watch the video on how I made this easy salad. Try it & enjoy it 👍😋🍉

Mulberries a must in your trail mix

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Mulberries are a product of the Morus alba tree. Leaves & stems even contain nutrients

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Red mulberries – the fruit, like grapes, is red or white and grows in bunches called “drupes.”

Add this delicious small fruit to your trail mix. You can buy them easily On line anywhere. This small sweet delicious fruit is not very well know for its nutritional value, since the fresh fruit itself is almost impossible to buy fully ripped. But don’t give up on it’s delicious special sweetness. Keep them in a glass jar on your kitchen counter, and add it to your salad, yogurt, or just enjoy it with your morning coffee.

Benefits are:

Source of Antioxidants

Supports the Immune System

Supports Healthy Blood Sugar

Brain Protection

 

 

Persimmons “ The fruit of the gods”

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So sweet and delicious these beautiful fruits originally from China are in season from October to February.

More than 100 varieties we are only familiar with two. The fuyu and hachiya persimmons. The fuyu variety the flat and round shape is full of flavor when they are just soft to the touch, but the acorn shape the hachiya needs to be perfectly rip, very soft to touch before it is sweet and flavorful.

Loaded with vitamins, persimmons are good for our heart, immune system, and are an excellent source of powerful antioxidants like carotenoids and flavonoids.

Easiest way to enjoy a hachiya persimmon :

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Cut out the top

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Cut in half  lengthwise 

Eating Cottage Cheese is good for us

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For breakfast we added peanut butter, blueberries, and slices of banana to cottage cheese topped with fig jam.

Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein, packed with many nutrients like B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus and selenium.

Selenium has been shown to increase antioxidant protection in the blood.

Because of its high protein content cottage cheese is popular among athletes and people who exercise.

It is packed with casein protein. Casein is a slowly absorbed protein that promotes muscle gain and helps prevent muscle breakdown.

We love cottage cheese for breakfast, or a cool snack after a work out.

Use cottage cheese in

Lasagna

Scrambled eggs

Baked goods

Smoothies

Toast

Mayo substitute

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Topped with orange rind

 

Have a Peach

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Peeled peaches, we had to get the skin off for our little eaters.

Loaded with nutrition peaches are great as a snack or an addition to :

1- cottage cheese

2-  salad

3- hot or cold cereal

4- in peanut butter sandwich

5- in yogurt

One large peach, has just 68 calories and no fat. Eating peaches instead of more processed snacks, such as chips, baked goods, cereal bars and cookies, can help you manage your weight. Peaches are naturally sweet, no corn syrup so it can replace some of the added sugars in your diet.

Loaded with antioxidants in the flesh and skin of peaches. One of the major antioxidants in peaches, chlorogenic acid, helps flush out free radicals compounds that your body stores through exposure to pollutants from food and the environment. It also reduces the effects of aging and chronic diseases. This antioxidant may also keep you safe from cancer, provides eye health, and reduces body inflammation.

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A Berry Story

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One way of eating your berries.. Berry season is here and Blackberry cobbler was on the menu

There are more than 30 edible berries that can be cooked baked and enjoyed right off the plant. Which ever is your favorite berry, they all share one thing they are the ultimate anti-aging superfood. Their high levels of antioxidants and phytochemicals keep our brain young, skin glowing, and reduce risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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