Sunday, August 29, 2010

Flax and Flex

Everyone is concerned about nutrition and health these days, right?  We all like to have something to pick up and snack on that tastes good but is also healthy.  I have just the answer. 

Flax seed and flax seed oil is a good source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and is great for helping to keep cholesterol in check.  Eating flax can also help flex those muscles as we exercise, too.  So flax and flex can work together very well.  Oats, almonds and blueberries also add some health benefits, too.

Instead of buying granola bars and power bars, why not try making some of your own.  It's easy and so chewy and yummy you'll be making them a regular snack and they also work well as a cereal! 


Bake in a smaller pan and cut into bars


Bake in a larger pan (as shown above) and break into pieces for snacking or cereal

I personally love the chewiness of the dried fruit.  I use unsweetened, unsulfured
cranberries, dark cherries and blueberries.  You can use whatever fruit you like best...
...remember that BLUEBERRIES are high in antioxidants!!!

Recipe upon request.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Summer is time for FRESH fruit

For me summer means juicy ripe fruit that runs down your arm when you start cutting it.  I just can never get enough fresh peaches, berries, cantaloupe, melons and pineapple.  When they are in season, nice and ripe they usually are put on special and are so flavorful.  I've learned to purchase one or two items when they first go on sale and make sure that they are tasty and fresh and not pithy or mushy.  Then I will gather up as much as I can and plan menus which will use the fruit.  One of my favorite things to do for a quick cool meal is to put together a big fruit salad and dress it with a non-fat yogurt dressing.  I've even branched out and added a touch of fresh basil for a little "gourmet" touch.  After all, basil is in the mint family and I will add mint to the dressing. 

Choose the freshest of ingredients
berries are a great source of nutrition
Don't be afraid to try something different
a nice ripe avocado (which is a fruit)
adds a great little texture
Non-fat plain yogurt with a tablespoon of honey,  juice of a lime and fresh mint
Fresh fruit dressed with the yogurt dressing
YUM, YUM, YUM......this was so good, I always make extra so I have some for lunch the next day.  This works great.  I put it in a glass jar and the yogurt keeps it moist and fresh.