NATIONAL BLUEBERRIES MONTH

TL JULY IS NATIONAL BLUEBERRIES MONTHThere’s nothing better than ice cream on a hot summer day.  Most of us won’t indulge because of the high fat and sugar content, although thankfully there are some low-carb options available with lower sugar.  I’ve not seen one that is blueberry ice cream, but I found a sugar-free recipe that is fairly easy to make, and guess what?  It’s made with…  you guessed it – blueberries!BLUEBERRY ICE CREAMINGREDIENTS:

3 C. blueberries, fresh or frozen

6 eggs

1/4 tsp. Stevia extract, pure

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. xylitol, powdered

2 c. heavy cream

1 c whole milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

If you have granulated xylitol, run it through a food processor to make it into a powder.  If you’re using frozen blueberries, put them in a colander and run warm water over them so they will be mostly thawed.  Beat the eggs, xylitol and Stevia together until well combined.  Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix for a few seconds, just until the blueberries are a little broken up.  Pour cream mixture into an ice cream maker and run according to manufacturer’s suggestions.

Eat immediately and enjoy!

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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As the weather warms up, the food we choose gets colder.  There’s nothing quite like a slice of melon at the end of a warm spring day.  It’s still a little early for the best melons, but I’m starting to see a few more varieties at my local market.  When I was a kid, my daddy grew many types of melon in his garden.  The best tasting melon in the world is one that you raised yourself.

Pepino
Pepino

Pepino is a great source of vitamin B.  If you can imagine a taste between a cucumber and a honeydew melon, that is what a pepino tastes like.  It compliments a fruit salad nicely.

Crenshaw
Crenshaw

Crenshaw melons are known by their yellow skin and oblong shape.  They make a great sorbet:  Puree flesh until smooth and pour into a metal baking dish.  Freeze, scraping and fluffing with a fork every 30 minutes, for 2-3 hours.

Canteloupe
Cantaloupe

This is a Kansas spring and summer staple food!  Some people make smoothies and other things, but in our family, we cut cantaloupe in half, scrape the seeds out and grab a spoon.  It’s chock full of vitamin A – more than a day’s worth!

Honeydew
Honeydew

Honeydew is not my favorite melon, but it is a good source of vitamin C.  According to Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet, you can make a dessert soup by mixing honeydew puree’ with unsweetened almond milk, honey and lime juice.

Canary
Canary

The canary melon, also known as Spanish melon or Juan Canary, pairs well with citrus or ginger flavors and makes a refreshing cold soup or drink. Like other melons, the canary melon is a healthy addition to your diet, offering a number of benefits. Not only does this melon help you keep a lid on calories, but it’s also a good source of nutrients that help you fight off disease.

Watermelon
Watermelon

Watermelon has lycopene, which may protect against cancer and heart disease.  There are seedless varieties, which I prefer, but the melons with seeds provide hours of entertainment for those of us who engage in seed-spitting contests.  Wink!  😉

 

NATIONAL CREAMSICLE DAY

 TL 8-14 NATIONAL CREAMSICLE DAY
What is a Creamsicle?  Creamsicle is a brand name owned by Unilever, for a frozen dessert which resembles an ice pop, with a center composed of vanilla ice cream, and an exterior layer of flavored ice (all around a wooden stick). Popular flavors for Creamsicles include orange, blue raspberry, lime, grape and raspberry. Creamsicles are available in several varieties, including 100 Calorie Bars, Low Fat Bars, No Sugar Added Bars and Sugar Free Bars.

Summer treats and swimming pools are all the rage today!  It’s NATIONAL CREAMSICLE DAY!!!  Cool and creamy, these ice cream frozen snacks are sure to be a hit.  August is the perfect time to enjoy a Creamsicle in your choice of flavors.

Did he say blueberry swirl???  Yum!  I guess my favorite flavor will always be orange and vanilla.  I have some very good memories of the ice cream truck slowly driving around our neighborhood.  The kids would scatter to go get a dime from their moms.  Yes, I said a dime!  LOL!

I was not aware that there was a LEGO Commodore Creamsicle, were you?

 What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?  – Lin Yutang

Although it’s officially a brand of frozen popsicle, the Creamsicle craze has touched every market — from cupcakes to Jell-O — with its dreamy orange and cream combo.  Here are some recipes from food.com.

 Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.  – Voltaire

As you relax today, make one of these great recipes or buy some Creamsicles to enjoy.

This probably goes without saying, but I would choose the sugar-free Creamsicles.  If I was making one of these recipes, I’d use Splenda in the recipe instead of sugar.

 Ice cream is happiness condensed.  – Jessi Lane Adams

Happiness???  Well, I’m all for that!!!