Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beat the Heat with Frozen Fruit!

Homemade Popsicles. How did I just discover them this summer??! It takes all of 5 to 10 minutes (ten if you make a mess or are an OCD pourer like me) minutes to blend fruit combinations and pour into popsicle molds. The molds are dishwasher safe, BPA free, and make the most refreshing, healthy treat. I recommend Tovolo grooved popsicle molds (on Amazon for ~$13). The popsicles slide right out after some warm water runs over frozen popsicle. Plus, there's a drip guard for messy adults and kids alike. ;) They really are pretty fantastic and you can get creative with the combinations. Let me know if you need suggestions. Now...

If you don't want to shell out the money for another kitchen gadget you don't think you'll use, I completely understand and I would encourage you to simply freeze fruit. Frozen fruit is fabulously divine and a great replacement for sugary popsicles that provide no nutritional value. The sweetness is au natural with the produce at it's peak. Here are a few of my tips when freezing fruit:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What the Oat? - What's the difference in the kind of oats and what should I eat??

So we've all heard how we should try to incorporate more oats/oatmeal into our day, right?? Of course, it's chalk full of soluble fiber (hence the cholesterol lowering), has a nice dabble of protein to help keep you satiated, and we have the handful of nutrients (iron, B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, etc). Economically nutritious and fast, it's no wonder why this has been an American staple. Here, in the south, oatmeal is less frequently consumed (helloooo grits!) and I've often found myself encouraging patients to not only eat the warmed oats but explains how to eat them - and what the variations are so you can choose what works best for you. There's always an option. ;)