Make it Fruity

I'm sifting through my Hot Weather recipes to gather them for reference in the upcoming weeks of Summer.  

Fruit is the main feature in a number of tasty meals I am planning for many reasons... its nutrition content, its ease of preparation, its tastiness and its cooling effect, not to mention the gorgeous colors it brings to our table.

I replaced the dairy I used to use with Tofu here.  It's possible to serve this without the topping, and just sprinkling the mint on the fruit.  Watermelon and grapes have high sugar content, so don't overdo those two fruits.  Also make sure you bananas are firm and a little on the green side, since they too are overly loaded with sugar when ripe.

 

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Makes 4 servings

  • 1/2 c. seedless organic Red Grapes
  • 1 c. organic Strawberries, halved
  • 2 c. organic Soft Tofu, crumbled
  • 2 Tbs. organic Mint, chopped

In a bowl combine Vegenaise, lemon juice, and Stevia; stir well and set aside.

In a large bowl combine fruit, and spoon into serving dishes. Mix Tofu with mint and divide among dishes. Serve with the dressing.

Enjoy!

Preview of Summer - My Fave Fruit Crisp

Summer is around the corner...

Peaches and Blueberries are on our Yes Foods list, with a Glycemic Index of 30 per average peach and 33 per cup of blueberries, they're well below the 55 threshold.  There isn't quite anything like cooked sweet peaches served hot with cinnamon.  Those two flavors were made for each other.

Heating blueberries seems to explode their flavor, so let's toss those two together with a little topping and bake 'em up for dessert.

Blueberry-Peach Crisp

6-7  ripe Peaches, sliced                                        1 c. organic Blueberries 2-3 Tbs. Arrowroot or Potato Starch                      1/2 c. organic Rolled Oats 1/3 c. Sorghum flour (or Brown rice flour)              1/2 c. Almond flour 1/3 c. Brown Sugar (or Coconut Palm)                   1/4 c. Xylitol (3 tsp. Stevia) 1 tsp. organic Cinnamon                                        1/2 tsp. Sea Salt 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder                                           6 Tbs. cold Coconut Oil 1 tsp. Vanilla extract                                               1 - 2 Tbs Lemon Juice 1/2 c. pecans (opt.) Preheat oven to 350º (175º C).

  1. Mix the vanilla and lemon juice into the peaches (use less if the peaches are very juicy)
  2. Mix in arrowroot/potato starch to thicken a bit and set aside
  3. Mix together the sugars, oats, flours, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder and blend well with a whisk or fork
  4. Add the cold coconut oil and work with your hands to until it's crumbly
  5. Add nuts and mix
  6. Sprinkle liberally over the peaches
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes.
  8. Let it cool for a while after you take it out so the juices firm up

Enjoy warm with a scoop of non-dairy ice cream!

~ Bon Apetit!

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

A Delicious Fruit Salsa

I was looking for a tasty but out of the ordinary appetizer to serve at a function and stumbled on this recipe.  It was a big hit and fit with my diet beautifully so I want to share it with you. If you are not partial to spicy foods, omit the jalapeno.

This makes about 4 cups, and since it doesn't store very well, you may halve the recipe.

Spicy Strawberry Kiwi Peach Salsa

  • 2-1/2 ripe organic Peach - peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 2-1/2 organic Kiwi, peeled and diced
  • 10 fresh organic Strawberries, diced
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 Tbs. and 1-1/2 tsp. Lime juice
  • 2-3 organic Green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 c. and 1 Tbs. chopped fresh organic Cilantro
  • 2-1/2 pinches Sea Salt

Combine the peach, kiwi, strawberries, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, green onion, cilantro, and salt in a bowl; gently stir to combine.

Very tasty on whole grain crackers or as a salsa with a mild fish, or roasted chicken.

~ Enjoy!