- July 9th, 2014FeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyJuly is National Ice Cream Month!
2 cups evaporated fat-free milk
1 cup fat-free milk
2/3 cup organic palm sugar
½ cup eggs, lightly beaten
¼ teaspoon almond extract, or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped fresh or frozen peaches
Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Stir in peaches. Pour mixture into a freezer container of a 2-quart hand-turned or electric churn. Freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Pack churn with additional ice and rock salt, and let stand at least 1 hour before serving.
- July 1st, 2014
Sleep issues are an epidemic in America. While many people look for answers in laboratories, not enough of us check the local produce section for the path to healthier sleep.Using superfruits instead of drugs for a good night’s sleepBy Sherry Alexander, DO
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyMAKES 10 POPSICLES
2 cups plain yogurt
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract
3 ounces raspberries
3 ounces strawberries, hulled
6 ounces blueberries
In a bowl, combine the yogurt and honey. Whisk until smooth and the honey is blended into the yogurt.
In a small food processor, add in raspberries and the hulled strawberries. Add in ¼ cup of the honeyed yogurt and process until smooth. Spoon 1 ½ tablespoons of the berry and yogurt mixture into each of the popsicle molds. Tap the molds on the counter so it will level out and then place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set.
Rinse out the food processor with water and add in the blueberries and ¼ cup of the yogurt. Do not blend just yet.
Mix the vanilla extract into the remaining 11/2 cups of honeyed yogurt. Spoon the vanilla-honeyed yogurt evenly, dividing it among each of the molds. Gently tap the mold on the counter to level the yogurt layer and then place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set.
Once the yogurt layer is firm, blend the blueberries and yogurt in the food processor until smooth. Spoon the blueberry mixture evenly among each of the molds. Gently tap the mold on the counter so the final berry layer levels out. Cover the popsicle mold with its lid or aluminum foil and insert wooden sticks ¾ of the way in the center of each popsicle. Freeze for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
To remove: Set popsicle mold in a dish of hot water for a moment and gently pull to release the popsicles from the mold. Source: Simply Organic
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeekly
1 cup finely chopped watermelon
7 cups coarsely chopped watermelon
6 cups watermelon juice
½ cup sugar
1 lime, large and juiced
1 serving water (if needed)
Combine all ingredients in a large serving pitcher. Garnish with watermelon wedges and mint. Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklySERVES 4
1 regular apple wood plank, soaked in apple cider or apple juice
4 large, tart baking apples
1 cup Southern Comfort whiskey (approx.)
1 cup cold water
½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
½ cup chopped almonds
¼ cup golden sultana raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Vanilla ice cream
Core the apples, leaving the bottom ½-inch of the apple intact. Place apples in a large bowl and pour Southern Comfort and cold water over the fruit. Cover and refrigerate to allow apples to marinade for 1 to 2 hours. Remove from liquid.
Mix together the brown sugar, almonds, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, and a big splash of additional Southern Comfort. Fill the apples with this sugar mixture.
Preheat grill to medium heat. Place plank on grill; close lid and heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until plank starts to crackle and smoke. Place stuffed apples, evenly spaced, on the preheated plank. Bake plank for 40 to 45 minutes, until the apples are soft and tender but not mushy, and the filling is hot and bubbly. Drizzle with a little extra Southern Comfort and serve immediately with vanilla ice cream.
Source: Napoleon’s Everyday Gourmet Plank Grilling by Ted Reader
- July 1st, 2014
July is National Blueberry Month, so what better time to focus on a berry with one of the highest antioxidant capacities—if not the highest—among all fruit? Native to North America, the blueberry’s antioxidant properties support whole body functions like regulating blood sugar, eye health, cardiovascular health, and cognitive function.
- July 1st, 2014
For a refreshing summer beverage that’s completely family-friendly, look no further than this nonalcoholic bubbly.
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyThis easy recipe will satisfy your chocolate craving—with a little fruity crunch. Makes 8 2-ounce servings.
12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, divided
½ cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped pistachios
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
¼ cup slivered almonds
2 teaspoons fresh organic orange zest
Heat 8 ounces chopped chocolate on the stove until completely melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining chopped chocolate until melted and combined. Pour the melted chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread the mixture into a ¼-inch thick rectangle. Working quickly, sprinkle the cranberries, pistachios, apricots, almonds, and orange zest evenly over the chocolate. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 minutes to harden. Break or cut the chocolate into pieces. Source: Fast & Simple Gluten-Free by Gretchen F. Brown, RD
- June 1st, 2014
The papaya, aka the pawpaw, is regarded as one of nature’s ultimate nutritional powerhouses. Originally hailing from Mexico and Hawaii, this superfood is an excellent source of antioxidants and contains carotenes; vitamins A, B, and C; folic and pantothenic acid; potassium; magnesium; and fiber.
- June 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeekly
1 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon fresh chamomile flowers
¼ cup grapefruit juice
1 ½ cups frozen watermelon chunks
½ cup frozen peach chunks or 1 fresh peach, pitted and sliced
Combine the coconut water and chamomile flowers in a blender and blend until the buds smooth out. Add the remaining ingredients and blend from low to high until frosty smooth. Source: 365 Vegan Smoothies: Boost Your Health With a Rainbow of Fruits and Veggies by Kathy Patalsky; image: Kathy Patalsky (Reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © KATHLEEN PATALSKY, 2013.)