SUGAR-FREE POPSICLES

Needed something to quench summer’s thirst. Didn’t have to venture far. Thanks to the refreshing and super-sweet fruits of summer I was able to satisfy and temper the sizzling temperatures.

I was happy to turn to my little stash of surplus fruits in the freezer. Secured them at a relatively inexpensive rate when there was a glut on the market. Those wholesome fruits were just perfect for the picking.

  • pineapple
  • mango
  • blueberries

Needed no added sugar as my fruits were loaded with enough natural one. Also added:

  • lime juice
  • ginger root
  • over-ripened banana

Placed all ingredients in a standing blender with a splash of cold water and blended and pureed my summer fruits to a refreshing finish. This was placed in popsicle holders and set. Felt like a kid in a candy store as I beamed with excitement with my choices.

 

 

SHOTS OF GREENS FOR ST.PATTY’S DAY

Whether it’s St. Patrick Day or not, I like to go green sometimes with my morning beverage. And, it was no different this morn. I allowed my standing blender to do the task in pureeing kale, kiwi, lime juice and chops of star apple.(Caribbean).

With a splash of cold water, all I needed was to let my faithful blender do the talking. And talk it did  and produced this virtuous and refreshing shots. Shots that any Irish bloke or lass would like.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone.

 

SHOTS OF CULINARY REDEMPTION #KIWI/KALE/STAR FRUIT SMOOTHIE

I admit; I have been quite a naughty girl over the week-end. Yes, I fell off the ‘wagon’ as I sometimes do. I indulged in some calorie-laden, mouth-watering type of goodies. Oh, they were sinfully delicious. After all, I’m human and what’s life without a little salty, sweet and fried delights? Thinking about them sets my palate on overdrive. Oh, I’ve to control myself!

Thank goodness I have redemption. I have options. I do try to be a person of balance. So, after I gave a dear heart a jolt of morning activity, I grabbed my faithful blender. I added kiwis (2), a handful of kale and a chopped star fruit with a splash of water and lime juice and pulsed my way to a smooth tropical finish.

My fiber-rich and vitamin-laden fruits brought the natural sugars to my shots of smoothie. I know that my digestive system will be ecstatic for the rest of the day.

Guys, there’s always room for redemption. Bottoms up!!

TRYING TO KEEP THE DOCS AWAY!! ##CRISPY APPLE FRITTERS

You know what they say, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” Well, generally, I try my utmost best to incorporate a few of them in my weekly dietary intake. I store the fiber-filled fruits on my counter top or in eye-sight so that I can grab and go. I can’t say that I’m always overjoyed with all the buys that I garner.

I generally go for Gala types because of their heartiness. However, lately, I’ve been testing other types. For instance, at my last shopping trip I purchased some green delicious. They too are crispy and tartier than their Gala counterparts.

GREEN DELICIOUS APPLES
GREEN DELICIOUS APPLES

I guess that was why I decided to shred a couple and make apple fritters for breakfast. The other ingredients were:

  • Cinnamon (generous sprinkle)
  • Flour (1/2 cup) {whole-wheat/all-purpose]
  • Vanilla (splash)
  • Sour cream (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Salt (pinch)
  • Dark sugar (2 table-spoon)
  • Beaten egg
  • Squeeze of lime/lemon (to prevent browning) and for added flavor
  • Water (1/3 cup)
  • Oil for frying

Method:

  1. Apples were thoroughly rinsed and then shredded on box grater.
  2. Wet and dry ingredients were combined and made into a batter.Then, shredded apples were added and folded in batter.
  3. In hot skillet, a drizzle of canola oil was added.
  4. Fritters were fried until they were cooked on the internal and brown/crispy on the exterior.

Crispy apple fritters were served warm with a garnish of thinly sliced apple with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sprig of fresh mint.