Showing posts with label fruit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fruit. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Decadent Dip: Kiwi pomegranate salsa

I love salsa. Can I get an amen? Salsa is great on chips (of course), but also adds tang to your scrambled eggs and jazzes up grilled fish and chicken.

I have game nights pretty regularly these days and we have taken it up a notch with this awesome salsa. Thanks Mike!

Easiest way to cube avocado? In the skin! With a sharp knife, cut around the pit and twist the two halves apart. Hold the half with the pit in your non-dominate hand and the knife in your dominate hand; aim carefully and whack the pit with the knife. It should lodge in the pit (and not chop off your fingers). With a quick twist of your knife, the pit should pop right out. Pit suck? You probably had an under-ripe avocado - let it get a bit softer next time.

For the cubes - hold the avocado half in one hand and score the avocado with a knife - make several slices in one direction and then at 90 degree angles (picture a giant tic-tac-toe board). Use a spoon so scoop out the cubes and your work is done!


Kiwi Pomegranate Salsa
  • 3-4 ripe kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 2  tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Mix everything in a bowl and dig in. If you like less cilantro, use less. If you want more heat, add the whole jalapeño.

This recipe is easily doubled...and you probably should. 

I can't imagine you'll have leftovers with this recipe :)

Original recipe found here

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Fruit "Ice-Creams" more delicious treats

Strawberry-Banana "Ice-cream"

This is such a cool trick! Using frozen fruit and your food processor, we make a ice-cream-like treat that satisfies your sweet tooth without ruining your healthy eating plans!

Low-cal Sundae!
This is a follow up to the original recipe that used only banana; most taste testers loved it, but my dad thought it was too "banana-y", which isn't surprising as it was the only ingredient! For this version, I made two batches; one with half strawberries and half banana, one with banana flavored with cocoa powder and vanilla. I scooped both flavors in a cute dish and topped it like a sundae with sliced strawberries and mini chocolate chips. Delish!

Simply freeze fruit of choice; bananas work well, but so do strawberries, mangoes, peaches and more!

Place fruit in food processor (most blenders won't cut it for this recipe) and puree until smooth and creamy. Some fruits might need a splash of milk, but plain bananas will not. Add flavors if you wish, such as cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla extract or cinnamon.

Scoop into your dish and add toppings if you like, or enjoy plain!

Freeze fruit
Half-way there!

Creamy and delicious "ice-cream"; thick enough to scoop!

Do you have a food processor in your kitchen? They're such a great tool to have and last for years. This one is well rated on amazon and is Amazon Prime eligible.




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Friday, July 13, 2012

Breakfast of champions: awesome greek yogurt parfait

Breakfast of champions: awesome greek yogurt parfait

Breakfast really is an important part of having a healthy day and the name comes from the original intention; breaking the fast from your night of slumber. It is important to jump start your metabolism so that your body is ready to use the nutrients and calories provided rather than trying to store them (ie build fat). 

Yogurt is a great choice as it is a rich source of protein and if you choose one with live and active cultures, you're also getting a nice dose of healthy bacteria, also known as probiotics, to keep your immune system strong and your gut happy. Greek yogurt is also a great choice because it is strained and therefore has a higher amount of protein per serving. 

The trouble is, most fruit flavored yogurts are LOADED with sugar. While some sugar is naturally occurring from both the milk and the fruit, labeling doesn't differentiate between that and what is added. Plain yougurt is lower in sugar, but in my opinion, a bit dull (and I'm a dietitian!).

Enter the parfait!

This is a great option because you can prepare your breakfast the night before; in a bowl if you're going to eat at home or in a glass jar if you're going to hit the road and take breakfast with you.

Greek yogurt parfait:

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 - 1 cup berries, fresh or frozen (raspberries are the highest in fiber)
  • flavorings such as cinnamon, vanilla extract or nutmeg
  • 1-2 tablespoons slivered almonds

  1. Scoop your yogurt into desired bowl or jar. Add seasonings to taste and mix it up!
  2. Pour fresh or frozen fruit on top
  3. Top with almonds
  4. In the morning, the fruit will have gotten juicy and when you stir up the parfait, the ruby red color is lovely (although perhaps defeating the purpose of layering the parfait...)


Plain yogurt spiced up with cinnamon and vanilla


Frozen fruit is often less expensive than fresh (but is just as nutritious)

Ready for the fridge!

Breakfast of champions!

In terms of minding your wallet, I also love getting the large containers of yogurt as they're usually less expensive per serving. This is also lighter on the planet because I reuse those containers. Other than starting seeds, I don't have much use for those individual yogurt cups and you can't always recycle them either.

Added bonus of the spices? Beyond excellent flavor, they're also loaded with antioxidants! You can also add them to your coffee grounds before brewing your morning Joe. Double dose of antioxidants in the morning? Double win!

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