Posts tagged ‘fruit’

April 14, 2014

Easy Banana-Apple Bars

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Morning, Friends! These delicious banana bars are super easy to make, and your family and friends will love them! Even better, you can dress them up or down. If you need a quick kid-friendly snack, serve a couple of the bars with some milk or yogurt. For a simple springtime dessert, you can serve these bars with your favorite healthy frozen yogurt or frozen fruit sorbet on the side. If you want something extra special, drizzle some melted dark chocolate across the bars and the yogurt, and garnish the yogurt with fresh mint. So pretty and easy!

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas, ripe
  • 2 c. rolled oats
  • 1 large red apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/3 c. applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl. Stir in rolled oats, chopped apple, applesauce, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir thoroughly and set aside for 15-20 minutes. Add parchment paper to a baking pan, and spread mixture in the pan.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  4. After removing from oven, allow bars to cool before slicing them.

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Have a blessed and happy week!

Brooke

March 10, 2014

Make Your Water Sparkle!

The orange and mint water was tasty!

The orange and mint water was tasty!

Hi, there! It’s Brooke here. You know how important water is for your body, so why is it so hard to hydrate yourself? I struggle with getting my daily amount down as well, but I have found a solution for those of you who may prefer a bit more sparkle and flavor in your water.

Recently, I prepared a Gourmet Water Tasting at Juliette Fowler Communities (where I work) in hopes of encouraging our senior residents to drink more water. March 22 is World Water Awareness Day after all, so I was laying the groundwork. 🙂

water bird

I found 5 recipes for fruit- and herb-infused water for my friends to sample. They were delicious! What I hadn’t accounted for was how gorgeous the fruit and herbs looked in the carafes—jewel tones and freshness all over the place. I kept thinking how pretty a pitcher or two of fruit water would be at my next dinner party. And the prep couldn’t have been easier.

Have fun with your water and play around with your favorite fruits and herbs. Thankfully, there are no rules, except not letting the water sit too long. Here are some easy directions and the recipes I shared with my residents. Maybe you’ll enjoy them too!

Laurie, Liz, and Wanda--love these ladies!

Laurie, Liz, and Wanda–love these ladies!

Supplies

  • 2-qt. or 3-qt. carafe or pitcher
  • Long spoon, spatula, or muddler (potato masher also works!)
  • Fresh water
  • 2-3 c. fresh fruit
  • Small handful herbs, torn or bruised
  • Ice (optional)

Directions

  • Chop or slice 2-3 cups of fresh fruit and place in an empty pitcher.
  • If you are using herbs, tear up a small handful and place in the pitcher with the fruit.
  • Optional—fill pitcher ¾ full of ice.
  • Take long spoon or muddler and press the fruit and herbs so that they can release their flavor—but don’t pulverize them. Just a little mashing is good.
  • Fill the pitcher with fresh water, close the lid, and let sit in the refrigerator for several hours before serving.
  • Don’t prepare fruit water more than a day or two ahead of time. Sometimes the fruit will become bitter or pulpy if allowed to sit too long (especially citrus fruit with rind).

Beautiful and healthy

Recipes for Our Gourmet Tasting

Basic Spa Water with Cucumbers

  • Peel cucumber first, then thinly slice ½-¾ of a cucumber, add to pitcher, and fill with water.

Fruit Extravaganza

  • Rinse all fruit with peel. Slice ½ an orange, add a few slices of lime and lemon, a big handful or two of raspberries, 5-6 strawberries (chopped), a small handful of blackberries. Muddle fruit well. Fill with water.

Watermelon Basil

  • Chop 2 cups watermelon and add to pitcher. Tear up about 5-7 leaves of basil and add to pitcher. Fill with water.

Blackberry Mint

  • Slice 2 cups of blackberries and add to pitcher. Tear up 10 mint leaves and add to pitcher. Muddle blackberries and mint well. Fill with water.

Orange Mint

  • Slice 2 oranges and add to pitcher. Tear up 10 mint leaves and add to pitcher. Muddle oranges and mint well. Fill with water.
More friends: Audrey, Judith, and Hazel--what a crowd!

More friends: Audrey, Judith, and Hazel–what a crowd!

Surprise your friends and family with a special water treat that’s not only beautiful but also healthy. Have a lovely and healthy week!

Brooke

May 7, 2012

I <3 Strawberries

Hey everyone, it’s Shanon G. I wanted to share with you 10 things you probably didn’t know about strawberries-my favorite fruit

1. The first garden strawberry was grown in France during the late 18th century. Prior to this wild strawberries and cultivated selections from wild strawberry species were the common source for the fruit.

2.Strawberries are low in calories (32 kcal/100g) and fats but rich source of many health promoting phyto-nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.

3.Strawberries have very high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals calledanthocyanins and ellagic acid. Basically this means that eating strawberries may have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.

4. Strawberries (and other berries)  are an excellent source of vitamin C-about 98% of recommended daily allowance, which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps your body develop resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation, and scavenge harmful free radicals.

5.Strawberries are rich in the B-complex group of vitamins. They contain very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. These vitamins are acting as co-factors help body metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

6. Strawberries contain vitamin A, vitamin E and many health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, beta carotene in small amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease process.

7. They contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and iron. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.

8. They give you whiter teeth. Ever heard of strawberries and baking soda as teeth cleaner? Try it. Put 1 large strawberry in a blender together with ½ teaspoon of baking soda and blend well. You can also mash the strawberry using a fork and mix the baking soda in. Use it like toothpaste and spread it on to your teeth gently. Leave it for 3-6 minutes and cleanse your teeth with water afterwards. Just make sure you brush your teeth with your preferred commercial toothpaste after so there won’t be strawberry stain or taste left.

9. Strawberries also prevent constipation and even colon cancer because they wash away harmful toxins in our intestines.

10.  Strawberries also keep our eyes bright. Studies on eyesight reveals that eating at least 5 strawberries a day could keep your vision clear.