A treat for all ages

Nothing says summer, quite like an ice cold popsicle.  Today, I was inspired by my 2 year old son, so we set off to make some homemade popsicles to get us through this Florida summer heat!  Enjoy!

Fruit Popsicles @2CookinMamasFruit Popsicles – Yields: 6 pops

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon chunks
  • 1 banana, peeled & sliced
  • 1 peach, peeled & cubed
  • 2 kiwi, peeled & sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Directions:

Place watermelon into blender, puree & set aside.  Place 2 slices of each banana, peach, & kiwi into popsicle mold, followed by equal amounts of blueberries.  Use popsicle stick to mix fruit together and push against the mold walls.  Fill all molds with watermelon puree, add sticks, and freeze.  To remove popsicles, run hot water over outside of mold until loosened.

Christina Russell @2CookinMamass

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Tipsy Tuesday – Watermelon Margarita

I don’t know about everyone else but after Memorial Day our family sure had a lot of watermelon left over! Now the question was what to do with it. Never fear, my imagination immediately decided on an alcoholic drink – go figure – and found a fantastic recipe on allrecipes from Jewel. I adapted it only slightly and it came out so delicious and refreshing that I will definitely be making it again soon.

Watermelon Margarita

watermelon margarita

Ingredients:

Simple Syrup

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 strips of lime peel

Margarita

  • 1/2 cup simple syrup or agave nectar
  • 3 cups watermelon, cut up
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 2 Tablespoons triple sec or Licor 43
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • Crushed ice

Directions:

Place sugar, water and lime peel in a small saucepan and heat to boiling while continuously stirring. Continue to simmer for 3 minutes then remove from heat and let cool. Place in a bottle and store in refrigerator and use when simple syrup is called for in a recipe.

To prepare margarita: In a blender, place simple syrup, watermelon, tequila, triple sec and lime juice and blend until pureed. This can be done ahead of time and placed in the refrigerator until needed. Blend or stir slightly before pouring into glasses.

Take 2 margarita glasses and rub rim with lime wedge. Dip into salt to lightly coat. Add crushed ice to glasses and divide contents between both glasses. Garnish the edge with a lime or a cube of watermelon.

Serves 2.

A Memorial Day Thirst Quencher – Watermelon Pineapple Splash

Memorial Day is around the corner and, with the warm days ahead of us, this refreshing cool drink is the perfect remedy. You can make this drink in 2 versions, one for the adults with alcohol and one for the kids without. We first tried this while having lunch at the Green Turtle Inn in Islamorada ,Florida Keys and every time we make it for guests it’s a big hit!

Pineapple Watermelon SplashWatermelon Pineapple Splash

Ingredients:

  • 1 6-ounce can frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 4 cups seeded watermelon – cubed
  • 12 oz seltzer or club soda
  • Lime or lemon slices (garnish)
  • 4 oz vodka or rum (optional)

Directions:

In a blender, combine pineapple juice concentrate and watermelon. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into four goblets. Divide the sparkling water among the four goblets and stir to combine. Garnish each glass with a sugared rim and a twist of lime or lemon.

Serves 4.

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Top Super Foods!

Super Foods

, foods naturally found in nature, are a special category of foods found to be beneficial in achieving good health. They are usually low-calorie and rich in nutrients and pack a lot of punch in relation to their weight. You will also find that they are some of the best sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients. Discover 5 of these super foods with recipe suggestions below.

Sweet PotatoSweet Potatoes are one of the best vegetables you can eat. They are full of carotenoids, a plant pigment that the body can turn into Vitamin A, and are a great source of antioxidants that may help prevent certain cancers and heart disease as well as strengthen your immune system. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Try this recipe that hits a sweet spot – http://www.shecooks-hecooks.com/259-recipe-of-the-day-sweet-potato-casserole/

Mango

Just 1 cup of Mangoes can supply 100% of your daily requirements for Vitamin C and 33% of your requirement for Vitamin A. It also has potassium, known for helping lower blood pressure and 3 grams of fiber. Here’s an easy smoothie recipe that is sure to please on a hot summer day – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/basil-strawberry-mango-smoothie/detail.aspx

broccoli Everybody knows that Broccoli is great for you but do you know why? It has tons of Vitamin C, carotendoids, Vitamin K, which provides an essential nutrient needed to promote blood clotting, and folic acid, which helps the body make healthy new cells. Vitamin K for pregnant women is really important in that it can prevent major birth defects of her baby’s brain or spine. Here’s a simple & quick broccoli recipe that you can throw on the grill with your meal – http://www.shecooks-hecooks.com/336-recipe-of-the-day-grilled-broccoli/

watermelon

Summer will be here soon and watermelons will be seen at almost every picnic. Feel good about snitching a piece because it has plenty of beneficial nutrients for your body. About 2 cups provides your body with 33% of your daily requirements for Vitamins A & C as well as some potassium and lycopene. Lycopene may decrease the risk of heart disease as well as lowering levels of LDL or bad” cholesterol. Just eat it like nature intended!

butternut-squash

You probably don’t think of Butternut Squash very often but it is chock full of Vitamins A & C as well as providing lots of fiber. Check out this recipe for your next meal – http://www.food.com/recipe/caramelized-butternut-squash-106627

For further information on superfoods check out the article on foodmatters – http://foodmatters.tv/content/superfoods

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