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Tag Archives: summer treats

Watermelon Lime Pudding

25 Jul

Here is another creation of mine in order to beat this summer heat! I absolutely love watermelon. It’s probably my favorite fruit. My only problem is once I cut it open, I can’t stop. No self control when there’s delicious, refreshing watermelon in front of me!

Usually I just eat my fruit plain or with some type of yogurt dip/nut butter, but this time I decided to make a recipe with my favorite fruit! With watermelon being so sweet, I thought the pairing with lime would be the perfect combination.

I’ve made another recipe similar to this, but pumpkin flavor! As you know by now, that too is one of my favorite foods. That one can be found here.

How do you like to beat this summer heat? What is your all-time favorite fruit that you just can’t stop eating once you start?!

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Watermelon Avocado & Lime Mousse

-1 cup watermelon
-6 oz soft tofu
-1 very ripe banana
-1/4 cup mashed avocado
-juice from 1/2 lime
-1tsp vanilla extract
Directions: Blend all ingredients together. Scoop out lime and serve mousse inside!

Tip: **If it isn’t sweet enough for you with the banana and watermelon, feel free to add a tablespoon or two of honey!  **Use mini chocolate chips for “seeds” if your desire a pretty presentation.

Watermelon Benefits
1) Contains 92% water: aids in hydration
2) Full of antioxidants: neutralizes free radical damage in body, reduces inflammation, reduces chance of cancer and arthritis
3) Contains phytonutrients: naturally occurring compounds that are bioactive and able to trigger healthy reactions in body
4) Filled with Citrulline: this converts to Arginine, which is great for our hearts, livers, and circulatory system
5) Rich in vitamin C and Beta-Carotenes: anti-inflammatory properties
6) Aids in bloating and constipation: watermelon has a natural diuretic effect which can help eliminate water retention and wastes
7) Stops itchy skin: as a cleanser, it flushes out toxins that take the form of itchiness
8) Reduces blemishes: rub watermelon on your face, leave juice on for 10 minutes, rinse.

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Coconut Peach Chia Pudding Squares {Beat the Heat Challenge}

12 Jul

Another challenge, another day.

You know when word comes up of a challenge, this girl will be all over it. Not because I have to win (even though its nice of course!), but because it gives me a fun theme and inspiration for new recipes to create!

This new challenge is called “Beat the Heat”, and each day of the four they give a theme, first day was berries, second was stone fruit, third was dairy, and last was melons! So for the stone fruit theme (aka:peaches,plum, and cherries–don’t worry, I had to look it up at first too), I made this!

I’m typically more of a chocolate person when it comes to sweets. I like my fruit just plain or with a dip and that’s about it. But when the challenge arose, I had to try. And I was glad I did! These turned out excellent. Who knew coconut and peaches would go so well together?!

How do you beat this hot summer heat?? I beat it by recipes like this or my Frozen Yogurt Cheesecake Bites.

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Coconut Peach Chia Pudding Squares
1 cup greek yogurt
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup boiling water
1 packet gelatin
1 tsp coconut extract
1T chia seeds
1 peach
2T unsweetened coconut
2 packets stevia or 2T honey

Directions: Boil water. When boiling, remove from heat and add in gelatin and stevia. Stir for about 5 minutes or until it is dissolved. Dice peaches. Add in all other ingredients and stir until combined (reserve 1/2 of peaches and all of coconut). Pour in 8×8 glass pan and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight. When pudding is semi-set (about an hour into refrigeration), add reserved peaches and coconut to top, and press into pudding mixture.

Peach Benefits
1)Rich in Beta Carotene: responsible for eye health
2)Rich in vitamin C: source for skin care
3)High in fiber and potassium: known to remove toxins and pretext kidneys
4)Only 68 calories and contains no fat
5)Rich in vitamins: A,C,E, and K
6)Full of minerals: calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese, and phosphorous

Coconut Benefits
1)Fights viruses and bacteria growth in body
2)Fights yeast, fungus, and candida
3) Positively affects hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control which leads to increase metabolism, energy and endurance
4)Aids in digestion
5)Absorbs fat soluble vitamins
6)Lowers cholesterol
7)Special fat called medium chain triglycerides (Research shows 2T a day allowed women not only to gain less weight but lower abdominal fat)

Source: doctoroz.com, ihomeremedy.net