Figs & mozzarella

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Cream filled mozzarella ball (burrata) topped with figs, berries & walnuts

We love mozzarella on our salad or on top of a heaping hot pasta dish, but for breakfast it is light & something fresh.

adding berries and walnuts just adds to this nutritious, easy to make breakfast. We all know about the benefits of berries eating walnuts help with lowering blood pressure, inflammation, helps with weight loss, and supports good brain function.

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Summer Snacks to satisfy the entire family

On the beach, by the pool, the car trip they all call for snack time.

with the warm temperatures how to keep everything fresh is a problem but to make tasty snacks to satisfy everyone is a bigger problem.

Here is a list of few snacks our family loves.

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Watermelon

Great way to stop your thirst & served with chunks of feta cheese replenishes the salt you need. Easy to transport cold or room temperature still good to eat.

Fruit & veggie bowl with cheese

grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers mixed with chunks of favorite cheese. Mozzarella sticks or cheddar cubes work well together.

Hummus, yogurt  with veggies

hummus with water-rich veggies like baby carrots, celery sticks or sugar snap peas.

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Peanut butter & jelly

with bread or whole wheat crackers, easy to pack & store since you don’t need to worry too much about keeping them cool.

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Oranges, tangelos 

Oranges are hydrating and thirst quenching. they are high in vitamin C, which has been shown it limits the damage of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

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Target cooler

Pack everything in a cooler back pack any spills will be contained.

Be safe & Healthy😎

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Snacking before bed, Good or Bad?

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Yogurt with drizzle of honey, or toast peanut butter topped with slices of peaches

Good. There is Nothing wrong with having a snack before going to bed to ease the hunger feeling. We all have those long days that keep us awake way after we had dinner & right before bed the hunger feeling Keeps us from falling sleep.

Two important things before we eat.

1- it should be only a snack

2-  a snack that won’t keep you up.

* Snack we pick should be light on the stomach and low on fat content.

* No sugary, caffeinated, or spicy foods.

Any snack with complex carbs and protein will release amino acids into our body that could actually help us sleep better at night.

Here is a list of 10 snacks :

1- Peanut butter

2- Pistachios

3- Greek yogurt

4- Cottage cheese

5- Popcorn

6-  White Meat Turkey

 7- High fiber cereal

8- fruits

9- whole wheat cracker

10- dates & nut butter

 

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 

Figs for snack and sweet dessert

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Figs as topping for ice cream

Fig, fruit of the ficus tree one of the world’s oldest trees,which is part of the mulberry family is sweet, delicious and good source of vitamins.

Rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidants and vitamins A, E and K.

Dried or fresh figs have the same benefits, because of fig’s delicate nature it is often dried.

We love to serve dried or fresh figs with cheese and fruits, and with some added sugar turn them into a delicious jam. Use it for toppings, or for a afternoon snack with butter or cream cheese.

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Figs, leaves are also perfect to line the snack trays
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Figs
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Our tree had a few ripe figs, perfect for tomorows’s breakfast. Add 1 Cup of water 3 TBL sp of sugar. Boil until thick syrup is made.

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Eating healthy while traveling

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Fruits for snacking

Fresh snacks 

Stop at a grocery store and pick up fruits, bagged carrots, nuts,hummus. For lunch take advantage of their salad bar.

Eat frequently and small amounts, so pack snacks. Eating small amounts of healthy food throughout the day keeps your mind sharp.

Protein with essential amino acid: eggs, chicken beef….

Drink water

Yes – that means stopping  for a restroom, choose a place to stop so you can stretch your legs, let the kids out for few minutes, and get some fresh air.

Drinking plenty of water will flush your body of toxins, keeps your skin fresh, and helps you eat less. 

Foods not to eat

  • simple carbohydrates or high glycemic foods : 

fruit juices, sodas, sugary snacks, anything deep-fried, nonfat desserts and sweeteners, anything partially hydrogenated.

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