Healthy sweeteners for everyday use👍
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.😘
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blueberries (or other berries)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tsp Nutella
1Tsp of Honey for sweetness add as needed
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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 👍😋🍉
(Scones filled with chocolate chips and berries.)
I truly love baking. I rather bake than cook, and I rather bake goodies that are packed with fruits, nuts & berries.
I know there is always that feeling of guilt that creeps to our head when eating desserts, but I believe when we are baking our own cakes and cookies, we are more aware and use better and healthier ingredients.
For example, scones with cranberries and raisins, covered with vanilla glaze are great as dessert, and when served with a mixture of strawberry jelly and cream cheese or butter and honey is a scrumptious breakfast.
And if you love your coffee in the morning, dunking your scone in a hot cup of coffee is a great way to start your morning. 🌞
Click on the video and watch how I serve the scones.😋👍
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Cooking and baking has become a necessity now that we all take comfort and safety in staying home. Watching cooking shows has been the most entertaining and age appropriate tv time for my entire family, and has been an easy way for me learn a few new recipes.
If you have children at home you will relate to my hectic 3 meals a daily schedule. During the week lunch hour changes by the online school schedule, and only on weekends we all enjoy a more relaxed menu around the kitchen table.
Food brings us together, and sitting together for a meal for me has always been comforting, and I do confess my family is not fussy or limited by food allergies, so I have less stress preparing meals.
Since quarantine I have used my pasta maker 3 times, for spinach and ricotta ravioli, and fettuccini. Baked tart shells that everyone filled w their favorite fruits, and grilled chicken and burgers just to give myself a menagerie of recipes to prepare for our meals.
We are all doing our best during the quarantine to keep it together, and I will remember this experience as the time I challenged my family to enjoy my cooking without ketchup.🤣
Round eclairs stuffed with custard
I know every entertainment idea is not a good idea for all of us, but a few can make us all busy and happy at the same time.
Here are a few fun ones :
Cooking & Baking🥖🍳🍝
Gardening ( cleaning the yard )🌷
Time on social media🤪
By now we are all aware of the fact that being cut off from all social interactions is necessary in order to stay healthy. The fact that Corona virus can seriously harm people with health issues and the elderly, is a very frightening fact. Every time I hear the number of corona virus victims I am deeply sad for all involved.
Helping others to keep their positive attitude helps us too. Checking on our elderly relatives, and neighbors, and reminding ourselves this is not forever.
With unique ingredients and organic recipes, the Santa Fe farmers market is one of the most famous markets in the Southwest.
We start by strolling through the beautiful market’s pastry and bread vendors, enjoying the natural colors of hand died yarns. The fragrance of lavender hand made soaps and moisturizers is very present.
Take a large shopping bag with you because you won’t go home empty handed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pack everything in a cooler back pack any spills will be contained.
Be safe & Healthy😎
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.
Source of Antioxidants
Supports the Immune System
Supports Healthy Blood Sugar