Appetizers & Snacks with Lychee

by admin on January 21, 2015

lychees

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Lychee is known as antioxidant fruits, so even served as a snack or appetizer, it is healthy. They can be served in dips, spreads and similar appetizer recipes. Appetizers and snacks made with lychees can be served at parties, during the holiday or for special occasions. A lychee chili sauce is made from Thai chili peppers and lychees. It contains the lychee fruit so it is mildly sweet. The chili peppers are what give it the spicy flavor. Lychees can be combined with ketchup, white wine, brown sugar and a few other ingredients to create an exotic tasting barbecue sauce. The sauce is great on meat, poultry and seafood. A lychee dipping sauce similar to a sweet and sour sauce can be made for basting meats or as a dipping sauce for snacks and appetizers.

If you enjoy the lychee fruit, then you will definitely enjoy lychee candy. They are hard candies that taste just like the fruit. They do come in a gummy candy version. Dried candied lychees also make another tasty snack. These are simple to make and only call for one can of peeled lychees in sugar syrup. You will need a food hydrator to make this snack. To make, empty one can of peeled de-seeded lychees. Arrange them on the fruit dehydrator tray and let them dry out for 2 or 3 days (or until the fruit is not moist). The dried fruits can be sealed in a zip lock bag and stored for a long period of time.

Do you use the lychee in your recipes?  What do you make that also has the lychee fruit in it?  Leave a comment below and tell us what you do with your lychees!

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Health Warrior Chia Bar Coconut Review

by admin on January 20, 2015

Health Warrior Chia Bar Coconut ReviewHealth Warrior Chia Bar Coconut power bars are very fun little snack bars that are loaded with different textures.  They are gluten free, soy free, GMO free and 100% vegan.  Each little bar has 3 grams of protein and 4 g of fiber.  You’ll notice how I keep referencing how small these are – I was really surprised by their size.  I guess I just assumed they would be bigger, but they’re not.  The neat thing, though, is that I really love their size!  They are the perfect little snack packed with a powerful punch of 3 grams of protein and 4 g of fiber.

I really enjoy food with texture and these Chia Bars without a doubt meet that need I have.  I also think they are quite good – but taste is a hard thing when it comes to reviews because everyone’s tastes are slightly different.  Nonetheless, if you like chia seeds, coconut and texture, I think you’ll love these little bars.

I did read some Amazon reviews on the Health Warrior Chia Bar Coconut power bars and many people mentioned how the chia seeds can get caught in your teeth – this is true, but I sort of like them getting stuck as it gives my tongue something to do after I have consumed a bar and also I like the reminder that I ate something good for me.

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Health Warrior Chia Bars ReviewHealth Warrior Chia Bar Super Snacks come in the following flavors:

    • Apple Cinnamon
    • Mango
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter
    • Banana Nut
    • Coconut
    • Coffee
    • Acai Berry
    • Dark Chocolate Cherry

Buy a pack of 15 Health Warrior Chia Bar Coconut or try a Health Warrior Chia Bar variety pack.

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We received the The Health Warrior Chia Bar Coconut for review from the manufacturer.  Receiving the free product did not influence this post.Health Warrior Chia Bar Coconut Review

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Brumbaugh Fruit and Fun Farm

by cheskarr on January 20, 2015

Brumbaugh Fruit and Fun FarmAs fruit farms in Ohio go, the Brumbaugh Fruit and Fun Farm offers diverse activities that lets you experience what it’s like to be on a farm and how you can have fun at the same time.

The Brumbaugh Fruit and Fun Farm is located at 6420 Arcanum-Hollansburg Road, Arcanum, Ohio, USA. It has a farm market, country bakery and of course, the fun farm area.

There are many Fun Farm activities you can try. There’s the Ole’ Fishin’ Hole where you and your family can camp and fish. You can also try to find your way out of the Kiddie Korn Maze. The Storybook Forest is a place where you can meet favorite fairytale characters. Or slide down the 40 foot tunnel at the Monster Mountain.

This fruit picking farm welcomes school field trips, birthday parties, company picnics, family trips and weddings. School tours are made especially for preschoolers up to the 3rd graders. For reservations and pricing, you can email patti [at] brumbaughfruitfarm.com.

Are there any fun farm activity you prefer the most? Let us know by leaving a comment here or on Facebook.

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Peter Rabbit Organics, Organic Strawberry and Banana 100% Pure Fruit Snack, 3.5-Ounce Pouch

Peter Rabbit Organics, Organic Strawberry and Banana 100% Pure Fruit Snack, 3.5-Ounce Pouch

Review originally published Mar 22, 2011

It’s with great sadness that this flavor of Peter Rabbit Organics is the last of their organic fruit snacks that they sent us to product test.

Peter Rabbit Organics 100% Organic Strawberry and Banana fruit snack are ideal for anyone – of course, with their packaging and coloring they are targeted towards babies and children, but there is no reason why an adult cannot consume them as well. They contain 100% organic fruit with no added sugar or artificial ingredients.

They come in a convenient squeezable pouch – which makes them ideal as snacks on the go. The pouches are resealable which makes them a great snack whenever you are out and about or if you need something to stash in your desk drawer at work.

  • 100% Fruit
  • No added Sugar
  • 100% USDA Organic
  • Nothing Artificial
  • No added water

You can buy Peter Rabbit Organics, Organic Strawberry and Banana 100% Pure Fruit Snack, 3.5-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 10) through Amazon.com for $16.50 ($0.47 / oz).  If you buy two 10 packs, then your order will be eligible for Amazon.com’s FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25.

Here’s a video I did to show you how these snacks for young children are also ideal for anyone:

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Have you tried these fruit snacks?  How did you like them?

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Acerola Cherry Health Benefits

by Kho Anna on January 17, 2015

Acerola Cherries

Acerola Cherry Health Benefits

Acerola cherry is a tropical fruit bearing tree also known as Malpighia Glabra. This kind of cherry contains a lot of nutrients that helps prevent various diseases. It contains significant levels of folate, magnesium as well as that of vitamins C, B, B5, and A.

Some of the acerola cherry health benefits:

  • strengthens the immune system
  • prevents eye problems, wrinkles and other skin disorders
  • improves the body skin
  • treats diarrhea

The potassium found in acerola cherries regulates the blood pressure and function of the heart, which minimizes the risk of having heart diseases. Acerola can also prevent cancer and assist in the production of good, healthy cells.

High amount of flavonoids and anthocyanins can be found in these bright red drupe fruits which makes them one of the common antioxidant fruits nowadays. It also contains calcium, iron and phosphorus.

Other acerola cherry benefits also:

  • strengthen the liver
  • reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases
  • relieve sore throat
  • raise sperm count
  • treats constipation
  • prevent fever and many more

Therefore, including acerola cherries in your daily diet can definitely help you protect yourself against various diseases that can harm and stress the body. You can take acerola fresh or add it up to your favorite beverage or cereal.

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Cherry Types

by Kho Anna on January 17, 2015

Types of Cherries

Types of Cherries

Cherry Types

Antioxidants play an important role in our body’s health and they are usually found in fresh fruits and vegetables. Some of the common antioxidant fruits would be the acai berry, banana, apple, kiwi, aronia berry, blueberry, passion fruit, cherry, and many more. But for now, let’s just focus on the cherry.

A Cherry Fact: There are over 1,000 types of cherries and they are mainly categorized into two types: the sweet and the sour.

Cherries are great sources of vitamins and minerals. They contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C, antioxidants, amygdalin, and melatonin. They are also rich in magnesium, iron, folate, and lots of anthocyanins.

The sweet cherries are:

  • Rainier
  • Van
  • Santina
  • Bing
  • Skeena
  • Lambert
  • Royal Ann
The sour cherries:
  • Acerola
  • Montmorency
  • Morello
Cherries are usually taken up raw and are one of the most delicious fruits that can make a great healthy snack. Others add them up as a magical ingredient on their favorite cherry recipes. However you plan to use them, these cherries can definitely make you healthy in a “win-win” situation.

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Fruit Product Manufacturer: Amazing Grass

by cheskarr on January 15, 2015

Fruit Product Manufacturer: Amazing GrassFounded in 2002 by two co-workers, Amazing Grass uses wheat grass as its main ingredient for its products. Why wheat grass? Studies have shown that wheat grass is a source of energy and has detoxifying qualities that can help flush out toxins out of your body.

Wheat grass is also a natural source of antioxidants. These amazing greens can come in tablet and powder form. Harvested only once a year, the wheat grasses are cut and dried within an hour of harvest to preserve nutrients during the dehydration process. The final product is  sealed in an airtight heat induction container that’s filled with nitrogen.

Aside from Organic Wheat Grass, Amazing Grass combines alfalfa and barley grass with wheat grass and calls it the Amazing Trio for a healthy snack that’s triple-packed.

Amazing Grass also offers Energy Bars in four flavors, Green Superfood in seven variations, Kidz Superfood has chocolate and wild berry options and Amazing Meal Blends in four infusions.

Have you tried any of the Amazing Grass products? Which one is your favorite? Leave your answers below or share them on Facebook.

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Melons and Food Safety

by admin on January 14, 2015

Watermelons for Losing WeightMelons and Food Safety

When you are thinking about foods that could be risky as far as food safety goes, not many people think of melons first. The general reason for this is that the hard rind gives the feeling of security. While often that rind protects the melon from contamination but then you have to cut into it to get at it’s juicy goodness.

The knife passing through the melon transfers the bacteria from the melons rind, across the surface you cut. The moisture and natural sugar make this healthy fruit snack a wonderful breeding ground for E Coli and Salmonella. It might not seem like these bacteria would be common on fruit.

The problem is that melons are grown on the ground. That allows easy access to bacteria by itself. To complicate things, animals like melons too. Everything from mammals to birds stop by to snack on melons and leave droppings nearby. Also, many farmers use manure as a fertilizer. Even If it is not used on the melon crop, it may be nearby or have been used on that ground previously.

Luckily the fix for this concern is easy- with a few considerations you can be enjoying safe fruit snacks. Wash your melons. It might seem silly to wash a part of the fruit you won’t be eating, but you want to get those bacteria off the surface of the rind. Pick your own fruits whenever you can. Take care as to where you get already sliced melon from. You want to know that they would use the same safe practice.

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The Guava Fruit

by Manuel Jan Carlo Peralta on January 14, 2015

The Guava Fruit

GuavasGuava is a nutritious fruit native to some parts of Latin America and several parts of Southeast Asia like the Philippines. It is known for being rich in vitamin C which has been known to help lower the risk of cancer. It is also rich in fiber, which helps to lower the risk of developing diabetes.

Moreover, there is more to Guava than its antioxidants. It is a good source of copper that helps regulate thyroid hormones if you have thyroid problems. It also regulates blood pressure due to its rich content of potassium just like the banana. Not only it is rich in vitamin C, Guava is also rich in Vitamin-A which helps promote and maintain good eyesight. Vitamin E is also a key content of Guava that promotes healthy skin. It also keeps your brain healthy as Guava is also very rich in Vitamin B.

One fruit of Guava a day keeps doctors away. But did you know that Guava leaves are considered herbal as well? Guava leaves is known for its anti-bacterial action that fights pathogens to prevent infection. It doesn’t only prevent but it cures as well. You simply boil enough number of leaves and drink the water when cool. It is also commonly used and given to children who suffer malnutrition to stop diarrhea.

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Two Moms in The Raw Gluten Free Organic Sea Cracker Garden Herb Product Review CrackerOh my goodness are these crackers awesome.  I thought I liked Mary’s Gone Crackers, but these are SOOO MUCH BETTER.

Here’s the thing, though.  You’ve got to like the following herbs to like these crackers – as they are strong!  Rosemary, Thyme and Cardamon.

There are benefits to these herbs:

  • Rosemary: analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral
  • Cardamom: a good source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese and iron

These crackers are organic, gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and non-GMO and YUMMY.  I can’t stop eating them.

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The ingredients include:

  • Organic Flaxseed
  • Organic Fresh Herbs
  • Organic Spices
  • Organic Kombu And Sea Salt

Here is a run down of the Two Moms in The Raw Gluten Free Organic Sea Cracker Garden Herb Nutrition Facts:

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The Two Moms in The Raw Gluten Free Organic Sea Crackers also come in Pesto and Tomato Basil.

Two Moms in the Raw products can be found at Starbucks, Whole Foods, Alfalfa’s and Natural Grocers.

Check out the other products that Two Moms in The Raw makes on Amazon.

You can buy Two Moms in The Raw Gluten Free Organic Sea Cracker Garden Herb 4 oz on Amazon for $6.89 ($1.23 / oz) + $2.99 shipping or directly from the Two Moms in the Raw website.

Here is our arrival video:

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Here is our final review video:

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We received the The Two Moms in The Raw Gluten Free Organic Sea Cracker Garden Herb for review from the manufacturer.  Receiving the free product did not influence this post.

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