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This Saturday was the first one I have had off from work ALL summer…crazy I know! I love farmers markets and since they are usually on Saturdays I have been unable to go. I was SO excited to have this one off so I jumped at the opportunity to the local farmers market with some of my friends. This one is right down the street from my house and it was so much fun…lots of yummy food, beautiful crafts, and everything else that farmers markets have! I bought lots of fresh veggies and put together the yummiest dinner with them and a kafir lime curry sauce that I bought as well. I am definitely going to try to hit up more farmers markets before they stop in October…lots yummy and healthy fruit and veggies and I love tasting everything!!! Below are some pictures of the fresh produce and the dinner that I made with my goodies! 🙂

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Hi everyone!
How cute is my new apron?! I am so excited that I just had to share it with everyone and all of the other cute aprons that Anthropologie has. I love to cook and bake in an apron. First of all, it makes me feel super cute and second of all, it saves your clothes from getting cheese, flour sugar, tomato sauce, etc. all over them. I love slipping an apron on over what I am wearing and getting to work in the kitchen! I got my apron at the Anthropologie at Cherry Creek Mall and it was super inexpensive at only $32. They all range from $24-$38 and are all different styles and patterns. They are a perfect gift for someone special or for yourself (mine was a gift to me from me!)

Check out all of the aprons that Anthropologie has to offer here!

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Hello everyone! I know it has been awhile but I am back with a few new yummy recipes! This one is for super healthy and delicious flax smoothies. I am currently obssessed with flax as should everyone else be, since it is a fabulous and easy add-in to add lots of extra nutrition to your meals.

Flax has several important health benefits. #1: It is an easy way to sneak some omega-3’s into your diet, an important nutrient that many of us are deficient in. Just one serving of flax gives you 2800mg of omega-3’s, which is better than none! #2: Flax is a rich source of fiber- just 3 tbsp of it yields a huge 5g of fiber! A Lignans nd how easy is it to mix 3 tbsp of flax into a smoothie, yogurt, oatmeal, or any of your other favorite foods! #3: Flax is high in lignans, which are plant estrogens or phytoestrogens (which contain lots of powerful antioxidants that will make you healthy). are common in most plant foods, but flax has 75x more than any other plant food! With all this being said, who doesn’t want a flax smoothie? 🙂

Here is the recipe for my super yummy and nutritious flax smoothie!

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fruit of your choice (for the smoothie in this picture I used strawberries and raspberries)
  • 6 oz. yogurt of choice (1 container of your favorite- I used peach greek yogurt (for extra protein) for these smoothies)
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup liquid (I used 1/4 orange juice and 1/4 skim milk- feel free to use 1/2 just milk or 1/2 just juice, whatever sounds good to you)
  • 3 tbsp. ground flax
  • Drizzle of agave nectar on top

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in your blender and mix until you get the consistency that you like for your smoothies. If necessary, you may want to add a little water if it is too thick or some more liquid. Enjoy!!

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Photo Credit: Keaolani Duhaylongsod

The long, warm summer days are here and I find myself eating later and later in the evening (9 p.m. last night!) and choosing much lighter food (I have to buy three bags of Ma’o greens from the farmers market just to make it through the week).  With salad combos on my mind, I was wandering around the Kanu Hawaii website this morning and came across this recipe for Spicy Ahi & Avocado Summer salad by member Keaolani Duhaylongsod (she modified a similar recipe from Sam Choy) – it looked so ono I had to share it.

Keaolani posted this as a Slow Food recipe – encouraging local food sustainability by using all local ingredients.  For those of you who can’t get locally caught, fresh tuna, either try experimenting with another type of fish that you do get locally (the firmer the better), or at least make sure that the tuna is raised and caught as sustainably as possible.  As for the veggies, what a good excuse to plant a garden!

Spicy ‘Ahi & Avocado Summer Salad

1. Cube up some LOCAL ‘ahi poke (about 1 lb.) and 2 small LOCAL avocadoes.

2. Mix 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, 2 tsp. hot chili sauce (Sriracha) to desired taste, 1 T. shoyu, and 1 tsp. garlic (pressed or minced). Toss this chili mayo sauce with the ‘ahi and avocado. Set aside.

3. Make a salad dressing out of 6 T. ponzu flavored soy sauce and 1 tsp. sesame oil. Add sugar and black pepper to taste. Sprinkle this over a bed of lettuce leaves (or chopped/torn leaves).

4. Layer a scoop of the ‘ahi/avocado mixture on top of the lettuce bed. Then top it with LOCAL garnishes of your choice: sliced LOCAL cucumbers, LOCAL tomatoes, LOCAL cabbage, LOCAL papaya, etc. I also topped it with nori (seaweed) cut into strips.  He ‘ono la!

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Photo Credit: Kanu Hawaii

Ever wondered how poi is made?  Check out this Friday’s Lunch Live with Daniel Anthony on the Kanu homepage.

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Not a farmers market regular? Here’s a great article from Huffington Post with some tips on how to become one. Read it HERE

Photo Credit: Huffington Post

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Here is today’s daily tip from the American Dietetic Association!

TIP OF THE DAY

Celebrate National Dairy Month

It’s National Dairy Month ─ time to make sure you are getting the milk products needed to keep your bones and teeth strong. How much milk is enough? It is recommended you get three servings of dairy every day.

Here are some easy ways to incorporate low-fat or fat-free dairy products into your daily life:

  • Top off soups and salads with low-fat or fat-free cheese.
  • Have cottage cheese or plain yogurt with fruit for a snack.
  • Add cheese to your morning omelet or low-fat milk to oatmeal.
  • Enjoy a latte with non-fat or low-fat milk. Have a glass of milk with dinner instead of a sugary beverage.
  • Make a shake using low-fat milk, yogurt and fresh fruit.

To learn about other ways to get the calcium your body needs, visit the Calcium page.

Produced by ADA’s Public Relations Team

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