Try This: Tart Cherry & Cherry Tomato Freezer Pops

I’m always looking for crazy things to try in the kitchen. If there’s a dish that’s traditionally sweet, I try to add a little something savory and vice versa like I did here and here. Anyway, it was brutally hot here yesterday. Humid and muggy. Yuck. I was dying for a freezer pop, ya know, something icy but not too sweet. I had a ton of cherry tomatoes and some tart cherries from last week’s farm share, so I decided to do a little experimentation. I came across this super interesting recipe for freezer pops over at Dolly and Oatmeal, and decided to throw my hat in the ring. I just loved the idea of making a Summer, sweet treat using cherry tomatoes. Pure genius.

While that recipe calls for raspberries, I decided to use the tart cherries that I had on hand. I figured raspberries aren’t all that sweet either, so I could get away with substituting them with cherries. I’m pretty pleased with the outcome, though admittedly, I don’t think this recipe is for everyone. I had to play around a little bit with the ratio of cherries to tomatoes to suit my taste, but it really is an interesting combination that’s totally refreshing on a hot Summer day. You must try this!

Tart Cherry & Cherry Tomato Yogurt Freezer Pops

ingredients

  • 1 1/2- 2 cups tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup coconut milk or almond milk yogurt
  • 2 tbsp coconut nectar (find it here), plus a little more for dipping
  • 1/2 cup toasted, sliced almonds

Directions

  • in a blender, mix cherries, cherry tomatoes, yogurt, and coconut nectar until smooth
  • pour the mixture into popsicle molds, insert popsicle stick, and freeze until firm (about 5 hours)
  • in a small bowl, pour a little coconut nectar
  • in another small bowl, place the sliced almonds
  • dip the top of the freezer pop into the coconut nectar and then into the almonds
  • serve immediately, or place them on a baking sheet and back into the freezer until you’re ready to serve
  • Enjoy!

This recipe makes about 7 pops,give or take. I will neither confirm nor deny that I ate several spoonfuls of the mixture straight from the blender. That said, these freezer pops are not super sweet, so if you want to add a little extra sweetness, go for it. There is a slight tomato flavor to them which I really find refreshing, but again, I know that’s not for everyone. Just give the mixture a taste while it’s still in your blender and tweak it to suit your taste.

4 Homemade Sports Drink Recipes to Beat the Heat

It’s brutally hot here, you guys. That yucky humid heat that just lingers and sucks all of your energy smooth out of your body. Because of this weather, my usually temperate home yoga routine has inadvertently become hot yoga for two days in a row now. Anyway, after yesterday’s hot yoga session I was feeling a little light headed and super thirsty. Fortunately, the hypochondriac in me immediately diagnosed my symptoms as being the tell tale signs of mild dehydration. I needed a sports drink fast not only for the electrolyte replenishment, but if for no other reason, the placebo effect. Hypochondria is real, y’all.

Anyway, these homemade sports drink recipes will have you feeling fully hydrated and raring to go no matter how hot the weather gets in your neck of the woods. With ingredients like coconut water, fruit, and even herbal tea, you’re getting all kinds of healthy goodness with delicious flavors to match. Best part is you can totally skip all the unnecessary sugars and additives that you’ll find in traditional sports drinks. You must try this!

1. Cucumber Lime Electrolyte Refresher

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 limes, peeled
  • 1½ cups coconut water

Directions

  • Juice the cucumber and lime in a juicer
  • Mix with coconut water
  • Serve chilled or over ice

2. Homemade Gatorade

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

  • In a blender, add all ingredients and mix well
  • Serve chilled or over ice

3. Watermelon Electrolyte Booster

ingredients

  • 1 quarter of a watermelon, seeded
  • 2 large glasses of coconut water
  • 1 pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt

Directions

  • In a blender, add all ingredients and blend well
  • Serve chilled or over ice

4. Herbal Cooler

ingredients

  • 4 cups herbal tea
  • 2-4 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly and store in the fridge
  • Serve chilled or over ice
Brazilian Lemonade

Try This—Brazilian Lemonade

Try This---Brazilian LemonadeTry This---Brazilian Lemonade

I was pretty sure, before I tried this drink, that there was nothing more refreshing than cucumber water on a hot summer day. You guys, Brazilian Lemonade is amazing. I’m not just saying that because it was 90 degrees yesterday and this drink literally saved my life. I’m not even saying it because it’s such a beautiful drink to look at when it’s all gussied up in a pretty pitcher. This is legit the most delicious drink I’ve had in a while. You need to TRY THIS!!!

Brazilian Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 limes
  • 6 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

Directions

  • Mix water and sugar together until sugar is dissolved. Put in the fridge to chill until ready to use.
  • Use soap and water to thoroughly wash the limes. You want to scrub really well because you are going to be using the whole lime! After you’ve washed and scrubbed your limes, cut the ends off the limes (DO NOT MISS THIS STEP!) and then cut them into eighths.
  • Place half of the limes and half of the sugar water in your blender and pulse 5 times. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into the pitcher that you are going to serve it in. Discard the pulp. Repeat with the second half of your limes and sugar water. Mix in the sweetened condensed milk. Serve over lots of ice.

***You can add a little white rum to this bad boy to give it an extra kick!

Source: playzwithfood

Try This---Fresh Fruit Guacamole

Try This—Summer Fruit Guacamole

As if guacamole needed any more help being delicious, here’s a recipe that will totally knock your socks off! I usually mix in fresh corn into my guacamole, but last night I decided to skip the corn and just throw in some fresh berries! The result was amazing. I used four avocados and I am not ashamed to say that I ate more than half of the bowl. Barbecue season is officially here (in NYC at least…sorry, Aussie friends). But whatever the season, you can wow your friends and family with this summer fruit guacamole!

Try This---Fresh Fruit Guacamole

 

Summer Fruit Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe avocados (2 pounds total)
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • fresh serrano chiles, finely chopped (seeds included)
  • fresh lime juice (I used a little less than 1/4 cup)
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (Cut into quarters)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantr0
  • salt

Directions

  • Halve, pit, and peel avocados
  • Mash in a bowl (I use a fork because I like my guac on the chunky side)
  • Stir in onion, chiles,  lime juice, and salt
  • fold in the sliced strawberries
  • Season with salt and a few more squirts of lime juice

***I used strawberries because that’s what I had on hand, but be daring! Try this recipe with the fruit of your choice…mango, maybe?!!

Image Credit: Simply Recipes

Fruit and Smoothies for Beginners

Banana Smoothie

Spring has finally sprung! Thank goodness for that. Longer days, warmer weather, and of course a new wave of seasonal fruit.

Take the guess work out of figuring out which fruits are currently in season by checking out this nifty chart at Chasing Delicious.

If your favorite fruit isn’t on the list, don’t despair. Even though fresh fruit is always better, Smoothies are a year round treat that allow you to enjoy frozen fruit without compromising taste.

Simple Smoothie Recipe:

1/2c liquid base (orange juice, apple juice, soy milk, or whatever)

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frozen fruit (blueberries, strawberries, peaches, the possibilities are endless)

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smoothie heaven

I personally love for my smoothies to be a little bit more on the thicker side of things, so I always add yogurt or a banana.

Add a Banana

The smoothie pictured above is simply orange juice and a banana. However, my go to smoothie formula is 1/2c almond milk, a small ripe (frozen or fresh) banana, and 1tbs nut butter. I promise, you’ll thank me later. You may have to tinker around a bit with the proportions to suit your taste, but that’s part of the fun.

***Public Service Announcement: Any regular mouth mason jar fits perfectly on a blender base, so you can whip up single portion smoothies without having to clean that huge blender carafe. Just drink your smoothie straight out of the mason jar!

For more smoothie recipes check out this link.