Smoothies for a snack ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ‘

Who doesnโ€™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.๐Ÿ˜˜

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 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‰

Peaches make Summer bearable๐Ÿ˜Ž

Peach cobbler with whipped cream

Grocery shopping is not one of my favorite things on my to do list. But every now and then, it turns out to be a lovely experience.

A few days ago when I was running through isles to pick up some vegetables, I froze when the wonderful sweet smell of peaches hit my senses. To be honest, these are the small things that make summer bearable. Sweet peaches, juicy watermelons, popsicles, grilled corn on the cob, and summer gardening. Yes, they are mostly food related, but any thing else involving the outdoors means facing the heat.

Going back to the sweet peaches, I planned on baking a peach cobbler, a bowl of fruit salad for a cool dessert, grill them as a side dish, and for breakfast mix it with yogurt.

Enjoy the peaches this summer.๐Ÿ‘

Peach cobbler

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Grapefruit, not just for breakfast

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If you are having a difficult time to make grapefruit as part of your families regular food, you are not alone. At our home this amazing, beautiful, nutritious fruit makes its way into salads, sides for sandwiches, and mid day snacks.

Benefits:

Skin

Fights skin damage, reduces wrinkles, and gives you an all over healthy look since it ย plays aย vital role in the formation of collagen. We can even apply the juice directly to skin.ย 

Heart

Lowers blood pressure, helps with weight control, & lowers blood sugar.

Digestion

High in fiber & water, grapefruit promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

 

 

 

Peanut butter and pears make a delicious snack

Pears have been around for 3000 years, and are a great source of immune-boosting vitamin C., antioxidants, high in fiber so great for digestive system, helps with dehydration, reduces fever, and are a great pre or post workout snack.

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Organic creamy peanut butter generously spread on two pieces of white bread, thinly sliced Bartlett pear

Choose any sliced bread that you prefer, but we think when Bartlett pears ripen they are super juicy and sweet.

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Creamy organic peanut butter and two slices of white bread, and a Bartlett pear.

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13 Foods that keep us healthy as we Get older

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Breakfast,and healthy small meals- Oatmeal with berries dash of cinnamon, and tumric- yogurt, almond,walnuts, raisins and prunes. Green tea.

Blueberries
antioxidants, are linked to lower risk of heart disease, and blueberries have them more than any other fruits. Add blueberries to cold or hot cereals, and salads.

Raspberries
Great source of antioxidants, this little berry can slow down cognitive aging.

Prunes
It is common knowledge that prunes are full of fiber and help our gastrointestinal system, but they also help bone density,
and protect against osteoporosis. Potassium in prunes, help increase bone mineral density and decrease the risk of bone breakdown.

Cauliflower
Helps boost mind health. All cruciferous veggies including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale or arugula help with aging with a clear mind.

Tomatoes
Have Antioxidant and lycopene. lycopene helps to protect our skin against damage from UV light. We absorb the lycopene in cooked tomatoes. So add tomato sauce to your pasta.

Yogurt
Great source of calcium, protein, and probiotics. We need all three for healthy bones, strong muscles and healthy gut. Some Greek yogurts have more protein than other yogurts, and taste great in a parfait or as a spread with a favorite jam.

Nuts
Snacking on almonds, pistachios and peanuts may help us live longer. People who regularly eat them have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease.

Green tea
Rich in antioxidants, drinking green tea can help the skin repair itself from sun damage, pollution, and poor nutrition .

Tumric
potent anti-inflammatory. The cause of painful joints, and arthritis, is inflammation in the cartridge . Add a dash of Tumric to almost anything, not only it adds color to your food it is a also great for you.

Chili peppers
Capsaicin in the peppers helps protect against heart disease. So use it to spice up scrambled eggs chili, taco meat, and salsa.

Whole grain bread
The fiber in grain can help us with depression, cancer and heart disease as we age.

Salmon
Omega-3 fatty acids, we need it to keep our mind sharpe, good for skin, and balance our mood. We can get more calcium my using canned salmon with bones every once in a while.

Eggs
nutrients in the the yolks may help decrease our risk of macular degeneration, and cataracts. And to help our muscles the amino acids found in eggs help rebuild and repair muscle tissue.

 

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