This fruit is dangerously addictive and literally dangerous. Quenepas are everywhere in Puerto Rico and are sold in fruit stands all along the roads and highways.The tough outer shell bursts easily between your teeth with just the slightest pressure revealing a slick, fleshy pulp clinging to a pit. The texture feels tendered, but the fruit tastes of sweet lime and roses. Eating it is dangerous, since the smooth seed can easily slip down a throat when attempting to suck juicy pulp. After a while, the tannins in the shell left the tips of our tongues feeling like they, too, had been sucked on.
Hmm what to make with peaches? Most of us have a tree full of them at home and want to get a little creative with them. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of peaches is tea and pie. I’ve never made a pie from scratch so I knew this would be my opportunity to get down to business! It’s always fun challenging yourself to make something new things because it’s a new skill you could add to your personal “tool box” of things you could do.
Making a pie can be quite messy if your doing it for the first time but baking can little chaotic in general if you’re not an avid baker.
Of course I had to attempt to make this pie as healthy as possible by veganizing it and using whole-wheat flour for the crust. It came out tasty and it’s almost entirely guilt free if your trying to watch your sweet intake.
So why not make a picnic out of pie and tea? It’s always nice having company and being outside chit chatting about life, food, ideas, and future plan. It’s interesting how every friendship you have is uniquely different and you learn something new from each one of them.
Vegan Peach Pie:
* I doubled this recipe
- 1 1/2 cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour
- Whole Wheat Flour 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons stevia
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 tablespoons orange juice (or almond milk)
- In a large bowl place all of the dry ingredients.
- Add milk and oil, mix with a fork.
- Pat into 9-inch pan with fingertips.
- If pre-baked crust is desired bake at 425 for 10 -12 minutes.
3-4 peaches, roughly diced and sliced
1/3 cup soy milk
1 Tbsp corn starch or arrowroot powder
1/3 cup stevia
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tsp real vanilla extract
1/4 cup Earth Balance melted butter – cubed * vegan
- Peaches. Fold the peaches into the filling ingredients.
- Pull the crust from the oven and pour in peaches. Dot with your 1/4 cup cubed butter. Grab chilled dough (other half) and roll out. Slice into strips. Arrange on top.
- Bake at 350 for 55 minutes. Cool. Serve warm.
- 3 cups water
- 3 family size tea bags
- 2 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons stevia powder
- Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add the tea bags, and steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags.
- Meanwhile, place peaches with 1 cup water into the jar of a blender, and blend until very smooth. Pour the peach mixture, tea, and stevia powder into a 1 gallon pitcher. Fill the pitcher to the top with water, and stir until blended
If your like me I have to have something sweet after dinner. So I try to always be stocked up on fruit to avoid processed high calorie desserts.I’m loving how blueberries are in season because there my favorite (of all berries).
With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many noteworthy nutritional benefits. Here’s the skinny on blueberry nutrition:
Blueberries are packed with vitamin C.
In just one serving, you can get 14 mg of Vitamin C – almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C aids the formation of collagen and helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries. It also promotes iron absorption and a healthy immune system.
Blueberries are dynamos of dietary fiber.
Research has shown that most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets. Eating foods high in fiber will help keep you regular, your heart healthy and your cholesterol in check. A handful of blueberries can help you meet your daily fiber requirement. What a tasty way to eliminate this worry from your day!
Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese.
Manganese plays an important role in bone development and in converting the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food into to energy – a perfect job for blueberries.
Blueberries are leaders in antioxidant activity.
Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals — unstable molecules linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Substances in blueberries called polyphenols, specifically the anthocyanins that give the fruit its blue hue, are the major contributors to antioxidant antioxidant activity.
I has so much fun carving this mini watermelon.It was so easy to do and the presentation looks so appealing.It only took approximately fifteen minutes or less.No special tools required and this would make a good gift for any occasion.Who’s doesn’t like fresh mouth watering fruit?
So next time your thinking of buying an edible arrangement that cost $40 or more just carve you own fruit basket for a fraction of the price.
There are Starbucks coffee shops in practically every town and usually more than just one . While this can be beneficial if you’re in a hurry to get your coffee fix, having a Starbucks store always within reach can also be harmful if your coffee fix involves whip cream and high-calorie syrups. Especially with summer approaching us Starbucks cold beverages on a hot day is more appealing than ever. But its important to stay away from high calorie drinks such as Frappucinos and Carmel Macchiato. With both well above 240 calories they provide empty calories with no nutrients in return just a sugar rush. Ditch these unhealthy sugar dense beverages and choose something light and healthier. Also, these lower calorie drinks cost less meaning there lighter on your wallet . Its a win win.
- Fresh pineapple chunk and coconut water.
- Blended fresh pineapple.
- Blended pineapple with raspberries.
* I dont recommend canned pineapple. Too many added sugars.
So this heat is really getting to me. Living in the Central Valley in the summer can drive you a little crazy especially with temperatures exceeding more than 100 degrees some days. So I decided to make a tropical refreshing treat to cool me down. This is also a healthy alternative to ice cream. Traditionally, ice cream is made with heavy cream loaded with saturated fat (the bad kind of fat). Some premium brands shockingly contain more than 10 grams of saturated fat and 300 kcal per half cup! These homemade popsicles are cheap to make,easy,fast and are completely natural.
Next time Ill make something with kiwi or lemon . There so many type of combination you can make.
These popsicles make my mouth water.
Home Made Quinoa Nutty Granola
- My moms special request.
-Organic.High protein. And very Yummy
- Vegan. Gluten Free.
Every time I buy granola I complain that I should be making my own because its so simple to make and expensive. So I decided to give it a try and it came out so delicious and crunchy. Also, I was able to put my favorite ingredients to it. I high recommend this recipe and this is the perfect topping to any dessert or breakfast. I made this recipe X4 because I know Ill be too lazy to make it again Warning: Addicting and Filling ( Protein)
Source: Hungry Hungry Hippie
- 1 cup whole rolled oats (certified gluten free)
- 1 cup buckwheat or wheat germ (either groats or uncooked hot cereal mix is fine)
- 1/3 cup quinoa (I used 1/6 cup each of of red and regular quinoa)
- 2 T chia seeds
- 3/4 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup maple syrup ( Or honey)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- In large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (first 4 listed).
- Chop nuts and add to the bowl along with seeds and coconut.
- Mix well
- Add liquids (melted coconut oil and maple syrup).
- Mix Mixy Mix
- Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.( I didn’t use parchment paper but its messier afterwards)
- Bake for 60 minutes at 225 degrees.
- Let it cool and then break apart
For those who are wondering what is quinoa ?Its generally classed as a type of grain from South America – it has higher protein and lower carbohydrate levels than other grain varieties.Although not a common item in most kitchens today, quinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked.
MMmm I love this granola and I haven’t got tired of eating it. It’s so crunchy, well balanced, flavorful (coconut oil) and dynamic with all the different ingredients. After eating this granola you never go back to store bought =]
Enjoy and Share.
Plain Greek Yogurt.
-Blackberries,strawberries, mango, and apple.
-Topped off with granola and honey
Mmm this fruit bowl was amazing. This is a good meal to start you day or after a post work out.
Fast and Easy.