Scraped Knees and Apricot Sherbert

I am soo happy to see that Apricots have now joined the other organic fruit on display at our neighborhood groceries.

I remember my Mom giving me a leg-up to get into the Apricot trees in our orchard in Lebanon, and me picking the red-cheeked, juicy ones that were too high to reach from the ground, and gently tossing them onto a folded blanket that Mom spread under the tree.

For every few I tossed down, I ate one, until both the baskets and I were filled to the top! My nephew or cousins would be in other trees, and sometimes I felt it my duty to turn the basket filling into a contest. Our fruit picking trips always included a picnic featuring tasty Lebanese mezza dishes (appetizers) that Mom made the day before... Tabboouleh, stuffed Grapes leaves, homemade Arabic bread, Hummus or Baba ghannouj, cheeses, olives, fresh veggies, and a watermelon for dessert.

As a skinny preteen, I usually had scraped knees and was often found in trees or sitting top of the many 6-foot tall stone walls in our home town. I'm not so found of climbing into trees anymore, unless they are low to the ground!

Yesterday I brought Apricots home of course, and after eating 3 or 4, I decided to cook some up into jam and sherbet. Below is the dairy-free Sherbet recipe.

Recipe

  • 2 lb. ripe Organic Apricots (12-15)
  • 1/4  c. Water
  • ¾ c. Almond or Soy Milk
  • ¾ c. Xylitol or 2-3 packets Stevia (to taste)
  • 3 drops Almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. Orange Blossom Water (Whole Foods or Middle Eastern market)

Split apricots and remove pit. Cut each into 1/6’s.

Reserve 1 Tbs. of the apricots.

Cook apricots with water in a medium non-reactive saucepan over medium heat, covered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 10 mins. Add milk.

Remove from heat and stir in sweetener.

Let cool to room temp.

Puree the mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth. Stir in the extract, orange water and rest of the apricot pieces.

Chill thoroughly, then freeze in ice cream maker, or pour into Popsicle molds.

~ Sahtein! (double health)

Low Sugar Fruits to Enjoy

I've mentioned that glucose is the choice food for cancer growth and nutrition...so watching our intake of glucose intense foods is critical. Spikes in blood sugar levels is what we are trying to avoid.  By combining high-fiber carbs that we eat with a protein or fat, lowers the likelihood.   (If you're craving a piece of toast, have it dipped in virgin olive oil, or topped with hummus or almond butter.)

Here is a list of fruits that are low in sugar that you can enjoy without thinking twice. Recommended 1 - 3 servings /day.

 

Choose fresh, ripe, organically grown fruits.  Frozen is OK when fresh is not available.

 

  • Apples
  • Bananas (on the green side, no brown specks on skin at all, otherwise high in sugar)
  • Berries (fresh not dried) (blackberries, blueberries, cherries, gooseberries, mulberries, raspberries, strawberries)
  • Papaya
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches (not over-ripe)
  • Plums
  • Rhubarb

Fruity Coleslaw

This is a refreshing warm weather salad.  It has good for you low-sugar fruits, and our cruciferous friend the green cabbage.  4 cups or 1 16 oz. package shredded green organic cabbage 2 carrots, grated or strips 1 Granny Smith organic apple, cut into matchsticks 1 just ripe organic pear,  cut into matchsticks 1 c. sliced organic strawberries 1/3 c. lemon juice 2 Tbs. Vegenaise 1 Tbs. Xylitol or 2 packets Stevia 2 tsp. poppy seeds 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1/2 tsp. salt

Combinethe cabbage and fruit in a large bowl.  Whisk lemon juice and the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl.

Pour dressing over slaw and toss gently.  Serve immediately.

Makes about 7 cups

~ Buon appetito!