Summer Fresh Apricot and Blueberry Green Smoothie

Apricot and Berry Green Smoothie

Interesting photo angle. My smoothies appear to be leaning a tad to the left.

The first time I served Mr. Mike a green smoothie, I watched with satisfaction as the expression on his face turned from doubt to pleasure.

Mike was completely convinced the handful of kale I’d stuffed into the blender’s jar would overwhelm his smoothie and he’d be slurping a salad. I insisted he wouldn’t taste the “green,” so he reluctantly gave it a shot.

With complete surprise, Mike finished his smoothie and headed off to work. As much as the words “I told you so!” were on the tip of my tongue, they never escaped my lips.

Apricot and Berry Green Smoothie

I have specific criteria for my smoothie recipes. I want a smoothie to pack in a serving of greens, protein, healthy fat, fiber and lots of antioxidants.
  • Greens like kale and spinach add fiber and phytonutrients that have an antioxidant effect on the immune system.
  • Protein in the form of Greek yogurt or whey protein powder keep me satiated for more than an hour or two.
  • Healthy fats like ground flax seed or chia seeds have an abundance of fiber and omega-3 essential fatty acids. They also help the body absorb the nutrients in the greens and fruits.
  • Fruits like bananas, berries and stone fruits for their antioxidant properties and essential nutrients like potassium, Vitamin C and folic acid.

All this gets pulverized in my Magic Bullet, then served in a fancy glass just for the fun of it.

Apricot and Berry Green Smoothie I have all my bases covered don’t I?

The only trouble I sometimes encounter is calorie bloat, so I follow the recipe below to keep them in check. This smoothie recipe uses apricots because they are so fragrant and in season, but often times I’ll use 1/2 a banana when summer fresh fruits aren’t available.

Give this green smoothie a try and you’ll be amazed at how energetic you’ll feel!

~Kristi

Summer Fresh Apricot and Blueberry Green Smoothie
 
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Shake It Up! You can replace the fruit in this recipe with any fruit you choose. Spinach makes a good swap for kale.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups baby kale
  • 2 ea apricots, pitted and halved
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups 30 calorie unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons flaxmeal or chia seeds
  • 2 packets stevia if smoothie needs sweetening
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Notes
Food energy: 292kcal
Saturated fatty acids: 1.86g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 1.29g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 2.44g
Total fat: 5.60g
Calories from fat: 50
Cholesterol: 11mg
Carbohydrate, by difference: 43.95g
Total dietary fiber: 5.73g
Protein: 19.36g
Total lipid (fat): 6.14g
Water: 478.10g
Ash: 4.96g
Total sugars: 31.32g
Calcium: 843mg
Iron: 2.08mg
Magnesium: 104mg
Phosphorus: 523mg
Potassium: 1199mg
Sodium: 244mg
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 large

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Quinoa Salad with Kale, Watermelon, Grapes and Feta Cheese

Quinoa Salad with Watermelon

Sad to say, but watermelon is not my thing. It’s  just too clingy sweet for my taste.

I know that colorful melon is good for me, and most people think it’s crazy that I avoid it. In fact, World’s Healthiest Foods states that “Alongside of tomatoes, watermelon has moved up to the front of the line in recent research studies on high-lycopene foods. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that’s especially important for our cardiovascular health . . .”

Sounds like a good reason to get over my aversion to it, so I decided to tone that clingy sweetness down by adding it to my favorite salad ingredients – quinoa and kale.

Sound like a good reason to add watermelon to my diet to me!

Along with the pile of grapes on the counter, a lovely bunch of tarragon and a few crumbles of feta cheese, I was able to mellow out that watermelon and turn it into a salad I was completely happy with.

Quinoa Salad with WatermelonI must admit, this is definitely a colorful dish!

Watermelon and Feta Salad

As I was digging through my recipe archives, I discovered this earlier version of a watermelon salad with chickpeas and red onion.  The chickpeas add a nice protein boost, making it a meal in a bowl. But alas, my pantry was bare.

Let me know what you think of this easy salad combination. With just a handful of ingredients and watermelon readily available this time of year, it’s really a fun combination of flavors. Even this watermelon avoider loved it!

~Kristi

Quinoa Salad with Kale, Watermelon, Grapes and Feta Cheese
 
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Shake It Up! Baby spinach and cantaloupe would be a terrific combination in place of the kale and watermelon.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked according to package directions and cooled
  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed into smaller pieces
  • 2 cups grapes, halved
  • 2 cups kale, finely chopped
  • 1 cup low fat feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons tarragon, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 squeezes lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and gently toss together to combine ingredients.
Notes
Food energy: 333kcal
Saturated fatty acids: 6.18g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 4.28g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.81g
Total fat: 11.27g
Calories from fat: 101
Cholesterol: 33mg
Carbohydrate, by difference: 44.16g
Total dietary fiber: 4.29g
Protein: 11.73g
Total lipid (fat): 13.76g
Water: 294.37g
Ash: 3.81g
Total sugars: 18.51g
Calcium: 262mg
Iron: 2.71mg
Magnesium: 94mg
Phosphorus: 306mg
Potassium: 592mg
Sodium: 441mg
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

Recipe: Fruit Salad with Cantaloupe, Grapes, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

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Fruit Salad with Cantaloupe, Grapes, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

In the spirit of providing my family with the nutrients we need to be healthy and happy, once in a blue moon I’ll chop up a fruit salad.

I’m one of those crazy people who isn’t fond of fruits. I’ll pop a carrot in my mouth before you’ll see me crunch on a grape.

That being said, if you serve me a dazzling fruit salad, I might eat a scoopful. After all, it’s a well known fact that eating 7 – 8 servings of fruits and vegetables is good for your body, and I don’t want to miss out.

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Meatless Monday Black Beans and Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Peach Salsa

Have you heard of Meatless Mondays?

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers with Peach Salsa

Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Peach Salsa

Meatless Monday has been around since approximately 2003, and was started as a way to improve your health by abstaining from meat for a day. The idea was to help reduce your risk of cancer, heart problems and obesity, at the same time you would also be supporting our environment by reducing your carbon footprint.

Sounds like a good thing to me and these veggie burgers fit this theme perfectly.

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Baked Apples with Cranberries and Cashews

Before we talk about today’s recipe, I have an announcement to make.

My news isn’t life changing. I didn’t win the lottery, so I can’t quit my job, and no one in my family is getting married or having babies – at least not yet.

So what’s the big announcement you ask?

Yesterday I pushed the send button to deliver my first newsletter. It was a challenge becoming familiar with the software and working out the kinks, but worth every hair-pulling minute when I clicked that button.

Chicken and Barley Salad

Leftover Makeover Chicken and Barley Salad

Sharing recipes on this blog has been a terrific tool to help me stick (most of the time) to my healthy eating plan, but I wanted more. I wanted to share everything I’ve learned about healthy cooking over the past 15+ years in a weekly newsletter.

My favorite section is “Leftover Makeovers.” I don’t know about you, but I always have containers of food from previous meals. Transforming leftovers into a healthy lunch, or simple dinner is a very valuable dieter’s tool.

This was such a fun project that I’m already plugging way on next Saturday’s edition. I hope you’ll subscribe and give me your feedback so I can produce news and information that’s useful for you. Just enter your email address under the subscription section on the right.

Enough about the newsletter, it’s time to talk about today’s recipe.
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Mother Rimmy’s Healthy Recipe Picks of the Week

Every week I’m inspired by the healthy cooks I encounter in the food blogging world, so I decided to share my picks of the week with you.

These healthy recipes have landed on my must-make list. I recognize that my version of “healthy” might be different than yours, but I’ll bet something here will please you, and maybe make your list of must-make recipes too.

One of my favorite meals is roasted asparagus with poached eggs. However, my eggs don’t turn out nearly as beautiful as John’s at Kitchen Riffs. Notice their crazy shapes in the picture below? Overcooked too! Head over to Kitchen Riffs and learn how to make a beautiful poached egg.

Asparagus, Poached Eggs and Ham with Dijon Sauce

Asparagus, Poached Eggs and Ham with Dijon Sauce

If poached eggs aren’t your thing, then maybe one of these healthy recipes will inspire you this week . . .

  • I’m a new convert to the pleasures of chia seeds. Angie’s Berry Chia Pudding sounds like an antioxidant packed dessert choice, doesn’t it?
  • I always have bags of spinach on hand, so this Whole Wheat Linguine with Spinach Herb Pesto from The Picky Eater looks like a tasty way to use it up. I’ll bet kale would work well too.
  • Eat Yourself Skinny always has amazing food photos, and her Chickpea and Tomato Salad will make a perfect weekday lunch.
  • This Thai Kale Salad from The Edible Perspective will get topped with a pile of shrimp at my house this week. The orange and maple she’s added to her peanut dressing sounds amazing.
  • It can’t be all about the veggies, or my husband would jump ship. This Chicken and Biscuit Casserole from Healthy Seasonal Recipes will put to good use last week’s csa veggies, and make Mike a happy camper. Top any meal with a roll or bread and he thinks he’s died and gone to heaven.

So there you are! Thanks to these healthy cooks, we’ll be eating well.

Happy, healthy cooking!

The Freshest Berries Come From My Local Farmers’ Markets and a Blog Hop

I’m one of those people who can eat vegetables morning, noon and night –  but put a bowl of fruit in front of me and it will likely stay there until someone else eats it.

My logical mind knows that fruit is an abundant source of good-for-me stuff, but my hand just can’t seem to reach for that crispy apple, or fragrant peach.

Strawberries and Walnuts

Strawberries and Walnuts

Berries are a different story. I can eat the whole container of freshly picked berries before you get a chance to pick out just one.

When I was a kid my grandmother had a backyard filled with raspberries. She would have us kids over to pick berries so we could take some home. I think Grandma wanted free labor, but we didn’t mind because she’d come from the house with bowls, sugar and cream (yes, whole cream). We’d take some of our loot and plop those tender berries into a bowl, top them with sugar (like they needed more) and cream. This was a treat to die for, as far as I was concerned.

Anyway, in the spirit of my love of berries of all kinds, I’m sharing a few of my favorite recipes with you in hopes that you’ll share your favorites with me.

For breakfast I’m all for smoothies and muffins . . .

Almond and Berry Smoothie

Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

Berry Breakfast Muffins

Blueberry Banana Bread

For desserts you can’t beat cobblers, crepes and bars . . .

Blackberry Blondies

Crepes and Berries

Luscious Berry Custard Cobbler

And why not use berries in your favorite salad dressings and sauces . . .

Grilled Lamb Chops with Berry Sauce

Chipotle Raspberry Salad Dressing

See? I’m all about the berries and I’m hoping you are too. 

If you have a berry recipe you’d like to share with us, link it up here. If it’s a low calorie recipe, that’s even better!


Thanks for joining in the fun!

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Citrus and Berry Fruit Salad with O Clementine Olive Oil Vinaigrette

Recently Dave at eRecipeCards  suggested I enter O Olive Oil’s recipe contest where I was to review their products and create an original recipe.

Naturally, my contest entry has to be as healthy as possible, and O Olive Oil with their uniquely infused citrus oils make that task incredibly easy.

After all, olive oil is a healthful staple for any pantry!

O Olive Oil Fruit Salad

O Olive Oil Fruit Salad

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