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Frozen Fruit: The Perfect After School Snack

The Perfect After School Snack - Frozen FruitThere’s only one thing I love more than sweet summer fruit:

FROZEN sweet summer fruit

Depending on whether you prefer sweet or tart – fruits like oranges, mandarins, tangerines, cherries, grapes, I’d say any fruit really – can be magically transformed into fresh fruit popsicles without all the additives or the work. All you really need is some space in your freezer. Simply let them thaw on the counter for a few minutes and they are ready to eat.

And this time of year, they serve as a perfectly refreshing after school snack or after dinner dessert.

As for how to pick what fruits to freeze, remember to choose ones that have thin skins and tend to be juicier. For example juicing oranges are a better choice than oranges meant for eating. Similarly large berries like strawberries are a better choice than smaller ones like blueberries.

BTW ready to serve frozen fruit (like pitted sweet cherries, pineapple, mango, etc.) can be an even easier (and sometimes more nourishing) short cut too.

P.S. For those of you who like tart/sour stuff, frozen jamun (aka syzygium cumini or jambul) thawed overnight in the fridge will tickle your tastebuds.

Pan Fried Okra or Sweet Corn

This is a really simple recipe that is also a great way to get in a tasty vegetable snack during the day. This is one straight from East India and a real comfort food on a cold or rainy day thanks to the red chili, which gives it a warming bite! Chili is also known for its ability to increase your metabolism :)

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 cup fresh or frozen okra, sliced or 1 can kernel corn, drained and rinsed

salt and red chili powder to taste

Preparation:

In a small frying pan, heat oil and saute okra or corn with salt and red chili powder until tender. (Serving size: 1/2 cup)

Okra is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Protein, Niacin, Iron, Phosphorus, Zinc and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.

Corn is is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, Folate and Manganese.

PS. This one’s for you Sabrina – sorry for the delay in posting more recipes!