Give me a P, give me a O, give me a M…

imagesYep, that’s right it’s pomegranate season. If you haven’t tried this delicious fruit you are missing out on a tasty treat.

There are so many ways to enjoy pomegranates. There’s bottled juice by POM. The plain is excellent and the pomegranate/pineapple tastes like Hawaiian Punch to me. I like to add a splash  of  juice to plain or vanilla greek yogurt. For a refreshing drink, add it to sparkling water with a slice of lime. Delish!

Buying the fruit fresh and squeezing the juice or eating the fruit is…well…like tasting a garden tomato vs a store bought tomato. There’s no comparison. To cut a pomegranate, I cut it into 4 sections and then use my fingers to pop out the seeds over a bowl of water. It’s messy but worth it. Here’s a video to help you.

Let’s not forget fruit itself – the arils or seeds. You can sprinkle them on your cereal, steel cut oats, into your yogurt or my favorite way…eat with a spoon. You can cut and gather the seeds yourself from the pomegranate OR go to the produce section of your store and you’ll see the seeds next to the pomegranate juice. But…they are only available for a short time so get them now!Image

And let’s not forget our fantastic wicked green smoothie.

Pom-erific Smoothie

1/2 c. frozen blueberries
1/2 c. pomegranate juice or if you’re trying to watch calories use 1/4 c. juice and 1/4 c. water
1/2 c. vanilla or greek yogurt (optional)
handful of kale
couple slices of cucumber or 2 baby carrots (optional) if adding these, leave out the yogurt.
1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
Blend well and enjoy!

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Lemon blackberry sorbet

bsWe’re only a few weeks away from Labor Day – can you believe how quickly the summer has flown by?

My niece is visiting for a week so I took the day off yesterday and went to the pool. Afterwards I wanted something cool, refreshing and sweet. Enter sorbet.

Here’s a super easy recipe to make your own. I used greek yogurt but you can use low-fat flavored yogurt if you prefer.

Farewell to Summer Sorbet
1 lb pkg frozen blackberries
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. greek yogurt (I like Fage brand)
1/4 c. lemon juice
Directions: mix in food processor until smooth, freeze and enjoy!

Happy Summer!

The peaches are here!

ImageI don’t know about you but I love fresh peaches. They are in season right now and the farmer’s market has tons of them. Here in Raleigh, North Carolina we are so fortunate to have the state farmer’s market and all its wonderful bounty.

Find your local farmer’s market and pick up a few peaches. Eat it as is. Cut it up in a bowl with some blackberries and blueberries, add to your favorite greek yogurt, or…yep, make a delicious smoothie.

Peach Perfection
1 peach cut into pieces, discard pit (you can use frozen if you don’t have fresh)
1/2 c. yogurt – flavor of your choice. Vanilla, peach, and plain greek are all wonderful
1/2 c. pineapple juice
2 fresh mint leaves (optional)
handful of ice (you don’t need this if you used frozen peaches)
For all you beginners, you can stop here or maybe add a couple of spinach or leafy green lettuce leaves
All you Wicked Green Smoothie drinkers – throw in a big handful of spinach or cut up a third of a cucumber.
Blend well and enjoy!Image 2

More Sorbet

untitled (4)I love summertime. It’s hot, you can go to the pool, wear cute shorts and best of all, sorbet tastes wonderful!

Here’s a super easy recipe to make your own.  I used greek yogurt but you can use low-fat flavored yogurt if you prefer. This example uses blackberries but if they aren’t your favorite, substitute with your favorite fruit. This is my go-to sorbet and I make it with all fruits – pineapple, kiwi, cherry, peach, cherry, raspberry, etc.

Blackberry Blast Sorbet
1 lb pkg frozen blackberries (use fresh when they are in season if you can get them)
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. greek yogurt (I like Fage brand)
Directions: mix in food processor until smooth, freeze and enjoy!images (10)

Happy Summer!

A Tropical Blast for your Mouth

I made a delicious Wicked Green Smoothie this morning that I had to share. It was so tasty and immediately made me think of the tropics! You won’t even taste the greens and your body will thank you. Go on try it! OK, if you’re afraid, leave the greens out – grins.

Tropical Blastphoto

1 c. OJ (or cut 1/2 cup with water if you don’t want it sweet)
Oikos Greek Yogurt Coconut Vanilla – single serve container coconut-vanilla-greek-yogurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Tbsp chia seeds – if you’re a beginner you can omit or just 1 tbsp. Using 2 tbsp. will keep you full until lunch or dinner
1 c. pineapple (fresh, frozen or in it’s own juice)
2 big handfuls collard greens torn to pieces (if you’re new, only add maybe 1/3 to 1/2 of a collard leaf) These are also great to use frozen if you like a thicker smoothie.

images (2)Blend well and imagine yourself on a beach somewhere!

What are your favorite spring/summer beachflavors?

 

Wait a minute – you can actually EAT parsley?

I know, I know, it’s usually a garnish on your plate which you quickly push to the side. But wait…this little garnish is a powerhouse of nutritional goodness. parsley

Compared to Broccoli, a cup of chopped parsley has more potassium, folate, calcium, and nearly nine times the vitamin A.

Ok, you’ve got my attention but what the heck do I do with this stuff?

Chop and add to spaghetti, pizza, soup, and stews. And of course let’s not forget my fave – a smoothie. Here are two:

Super Easy Peasy Veg
8 oz of V-8 juice (I like the spicy hot kind)
1/4 c. chopped parsley – work your way up to a full cup if you don’t usually add greens to your juice/smoothies.
Blend well and enjoy!

Orange ‘licious
one orange, peeled
1/2 c. pineapple
1/4 of a banana (these are great frozen when they’re too ripe to eat, then grab a chunk out of your freezer bag)
1/2 c. greek yogurt – plain or vanilla (I like fage) OR use 1/2 c. almond milk in plain or vanilla
handful of ice to make it as thick as you like
water as needed to blend or you can use some of the pineapple juice but you want pineapple in its own juice not with syrup
1/4 to 1/2 c. chopped parsley – work up to a cup or use a couple of tablespoons of chopped parsley and a handful of spinach or butter lettuce.

Your body will thank you and you can start your day feeling great!

A pear a day, keeps your body humming

Pears are just as good if not better for you than apples.  According to the Environmental Working Group, one pear has more fiber, potassium, and folate – and less pesticide residue – than one apple.pear

So mix it up this year, take a pear with your lunch instead of the usual same old apple.

Peary Goodness Smoothie
1 pear, core cut out
1 apple, cut into quarters, seeds removed
handful of spinach (tiny handful or few leaves if you’re new to green smoothies)
1 c. water (if you’re a green smoothie lover)
or
1 c. apple or grape juice (if you’re new to green smoothies. If it’s too sweet, use 1/2 c. water and 1/2 c. juice. then gradually work your way to just water, no juice).
or
1/2 c. vanilla greek yogurt and little water to blend as needed
ice to thicken
blend well

Enjoy!