There are many reasons to celebrate during this time of year—many schools break for summer, weather gets warmer and the days are longer. Summer’s joie de vivre nature makes it tempting to pick up fast and pre-packaged food so that you carry on doing what you love most, spending time with loved ones. We’re here to help. Whether the kids have day camp, you’re hanging out by the pool or traveling to the lake house, try these quick, nutritious snacks that will satisfy the whole family. Another reason to prepare healthy meals is its National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. For an adult with a 2,000 calorie diet, one should eat 2 cups of fruit and 2- 3 cups of vegetables per day.
Smoothies are also great morning, noon and night meals that have a multitude of vitamin and minerals. This Watercress, Blueberry and Pineapple smoothie doesn’t contain any additional sugar or dairy but the fruits in the beverage will satisfy your resident sweet tooth. From vitamin A to zinc, watercress’s superfood powers have you and your family covered.
Ring in this St. Patrick’s Day by getting your green on! There’s no need to sacrifice taste for nutrition during this sometimes raucous holiday.
Top o’ the morning to you! Start your day off right by tossing a handful of Grower Pete’s certified Organic Living Watercress or Live Gourmet®Living Upland Cress into your AM smoothie. This Live Gourmet recipe inspired by Carrie on Vegan will keep you going during the long day of festivities. Plus, watercress and upland cress contain high levels of vitamin C, helping keep your immune system strong whether you brave the brisk air during a parade or party into the wee hours.
If you are planning a tame evening with friends, take a cue from the Irish for your dinner menu. Guinness Risotto with Shrimp and Watercress from Atlantic.com is a sophisticated dish that balances the iconic Irish brew with the emerald, peppery superfood. If your proclivity is a bit stronger, prepare Watercress Soup with Whiskey Cream from Food Network. Who said leafy greens and libations don’t go together?
For a kid-friendly affair, try a twist on Food Network’s Corned-Beef-and-Cabbage-Rolls. As the Irish Proverb says, “It’s no use boiling your cabbage twice,” you might as well swap the pale veggie for Live Gourmet® brand butter lettuce or Grower Pete’s Certified Organic Living Butter Lettuce. You’ll be finished preparing this no-fuss meal before the grown-ups can say “sláinte” (pronounced “slaan-sha” and Gaelic for “good health”) as they clink glasses of Guinness. After dinner, have the family reuse the Live Gourmet® plastic clamshells that hold living butter lettuce to make homemade St. Patty’s Day stencils. Go to about.com and Enchanted Learning for a few pointers and simple shamrock templates. May the luck of the Irish be with you as you prepare delicious and nutritious fare for your loved ones!
Oh the joys of smoothies. They are easy to make and super nutritious. This green smoothie recipe was inspired by Carrie on Vegan. Her green smoothie had watercress which we substituted with upland cress. The flavor of upland cress is close to watercress with a mild flavor with a delicate sharpness. The flavor of upland cress in the smoothie adds a refreshing kick and distinction and you can’t beat additional Vitamin A and C! This smoothie also contains flax meal and chia seeds for added fiber.
So what are you waiting for?! Get those ingredients ready and blend it up!
Green Smoothie with Upland Cress
*makes two servings
2 cups unsweetened soy milk
2 tablespoons unsalted peanut butter or almond butter
This energizing green breakfast smoothie recipe (found on The Kitchn.com) is a great treat to help jump-start your morning. It has simple ingredients (bananas, coconut water, and almond butter), but also has added nutrients like flax oil and leafy greens. We added our touch to the Superpower Morning Smoothie recipe below, suggesting 2-3 leaves of living butter lettuce for a fresh boost. Here’s what you’ll need to start your morning right:
Superpower Morning Smoothie:
1 large handful roughly chopped kale, spinach, collards, or a combination
We love smoothies. Really, we do. Why? Because it is an easy way for us to get our much needed greens. Plus they taste great! This smoothie has our favorite, butter lettuce, and also calls for peaches, raspberries, and flax seed. If peaches or raspberries are not in season, don’t feel shy to buy them frozen. Your smoothie will still taste refreshing. The recipe makes two servings and here’s what you’ll need to make them:
Today’s smoothie is from one of our favorites, Kris Carr! Kris is a popular wellness activist and in her book, The Crazy Sexy Diet, she shares her love for living foods. Well, since she loves living foods so much and we love this smoothie, we’d like her to “lettuce” add Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce to it! This smoothie is an easy one to make and is very kid-friendly. We do suggest you add 2-3 leaves of Live Gourmet butter lettuce. Enjoy!
Yield: 2 servings
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 – 2 pieces of low-glycemic fruit: green apple, pear, berries and cantaloupe
2-3 leaves of Living Butter Lettuce (and a handful of kale, romaine, or spinach)
Coconut water (or purified water)
Stevia to taste, and or a sprinkle of cinnamon or some cacao (optional)