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Authentic Spanish Gazpacho

gazpachoPrep time: 30 minutes
Ingredients (makes approx 16 cups):

  • 3 medium red bell peppers, roughly chopped
  • 3 large cucumbers, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 12 medium ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic (optional)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp plain bread crumbs
  • Home made croutons (recipe follows)

Place all the ingredients in a blender (depending on the size of the jar, you may have to do it in several batches). Blend until smooth

Pour  through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of tomato and pepper skin and cucumber seeds

Chill  for a couple of hours before serving

HOME MADE CROUTONS
Cook time: 20 minutes
Ingredients:

  • 1 large french baguette
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt or to taste

Dice the baguette and place in a large bowl

Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Spread the bread cubes on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil in one single layer. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve on top of the gazpacho.

Check out the recipe  Authentic Spanish Gazpacho and other authentic Spanish meals at May I Have That Recipe?

About the Authors:  We’re two sister (Vicky and Ruth) originally form Barcelona, Spain with Middle Eastern roots. We started our blog, May I Have That Recipe?, to share our passion for food and our recipes with the world. We create mainly vegetarian and vegan recipes, using all natural and seasonal ingredients

Charity of the Month July 2013 – Adopt A Classroom.org

EatSmart fans will continue to select each Charity of the Month in 2013. Fans will submit short stories about the charity’s mission and why it’s meaningful to them. We began our Charity of the Month donations in 2011.

July’s Charity of the Month has been chosen by Maria from EatSmart Products.   She selected  AdoptAClassroom.org.

Read why Maria picked AdoptAClassroom.orgoklahoma relief

On May 20, 2013, the Oklahoma City area was hit with one of the most destructive tornadoes in history.  Two schools were at the center of this devastation – Plaza Towers Elementary in Moore and Briarwood Elementary in Oklahoma City. For myself, watching video footage of the devastation left behind by the tornadoes was incomprehensible but I was especially moved by the flattened remains of what was once these two elementary schools.

My hope is that donations to AdoptAClassroom.org, earmarked to help the teachers of the Plaza Towers and Briarwood rebuild their classrooms, will, in some small way, help the children get back some of what was lost.

An added incentive to donate is that OFFICEMAX will match donations up to  $10,000.  100% of donations goes to the teachers and students as they start rebuilding after this disaster.

We will be donating 50 cents for every new Facebook follower during the month of July. (So spread the word!)

Click here and EatSmart will donate: FaceBook_512x512

 About AdoptAClassroom.org

Our mission is to connect donors with teachers to be classroom champions.  A donor selects a classroom and makes a contribution for the teacher to use and purchase much needed resources for the classroom. Donors may search for classrooms by geography, school name, teacher name or other search criteria.  Adopt-A-Classroom directs 100% of all donations earmarked for classrooms to the classroom teacher in the form of online credit.   Adopt-A-Classroom takes $0 for administration.

About the Author: Maria Geronimo is the Public Relations Director at EatSmart Products.

Zucchini Noodles aka: Zoodles

1. Find 1 large zucchini that is enough for 1 serving.
zoodles 12. With a Julienne peeler, peel your zucchini skin and all.
zoodles 23. Put all of of your Zoodles in a colander and sprinkle with some salt.  Mix the salt all around the Zoodles and let them sit for a few minutes, 10-15 minutes will do.  This will get all of the extra moisture out of the zucchini.  Make sure to drain when you are ready to cook them. zoodles 34. With a tablespoon or so of Olive Oil, cook your Zoodles for a few minutes until they are soft and tender.  Usually around 5 minutes is what I find to be best. zoodles 45. Enjoy!
About the Author: Reesa Lewandowski is the voice behind Momma Lew’s Blog.  A stay-at-home-mom of 2 preschoolers, she strives to serve healthy meals to her family.  Reesa has been blogging for over 3 years and hopes to provide information to her peers to make life easier for everyone!

An Added Benefit to Slathering on the Sunscreen

sunscreenWhile millions of people use sunscreen to protect themselves and their children from sunburn and developing skin cancer, researchers from Australia now have scientific evidence that daily use of sunscreen seems to protect against skin aging.  Middle age isn’t too late to start, the researchers found.

“This has been one of those beauty tips you often hear quoted, but for the first time we can back it with science,” said study co-author Adele Green, lab head and senior research fellow with the Queensland Institute of Medical Research at Royal Brisbane Hospital. “Protecting yourself from skin cancer by using sunscreen regularly has the added bonus of keeping you looking younger.”

This new study examined 903 individuals, aged 55 and younger,  with the purpose of determining whether people who use sunscreen products, on a daily basis, show signs of aging more slowly than those who only applied the products discretionally.  Results show  that after 4.5 years, those assigned to slather on a broad spectrum sunscreen, with an SPF 15 or greater, at least once a day saw 24% less skin aging — at least on the back of their hands — than those left to follow any sunscreen habits they liked.  The findings appear in the June 4 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Scientists are hopeful that the bonus cosmetic benefits of younger looking skin will encourage even the most lax of sunscreen users to SLATHER UP!

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Shrimp Stir Fry – Paleo

The Sauce

  • Chop 1 onion and saute it in olive oil until it is translucent.
  • Then add half of a large can of diced tomatoes or if I have a fresh tomatoes I use 3-4.
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • salt, pepper and 1tsp of paprika
  • Simmer, covered for 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has cooked off.
  • Cool
  • Blend the sauce together using an immersion blender or regular blender.shrimp stir fy 1

The Shrimp and Veggies

  • 3-4 peeled & diced carrots
  • 2-3 stalks of celery
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1/4 of shredded green cabbage shrimp stir fy 2
1. If I have on hand, I like to also add mushrooms and zucchini.  This time I had some broccoli so I used that!  I first let the veggies saute in about 2 tsbp of olive oil.  I make sure everything is coated.  Then I add about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water and cover the pan.  Cooking on low and mixing occasionally  I let the veggies steam until the carrots are able to be broken up.  When they are done, I add them to a bowl so I can use the same pan to cook my shrimp.
2. I usually use 1 pound of cleaned shrimp, tails off.  I have also used sliced steak and diced chicken instead, but I prefer the shrimp. I add 1 tbsp of olive oil,juice of half of lemon and some parsley to the shrimp.  Cook until they are cooked through and bright pink, usually 2-3 minutes.
3. I then add the veggies back into the pan and mix with the shrimp.  Add your blended sauce and heat everything up together for a few minutes. shrimp stir fry 3
About the Author: Reesa Lewandowski is the voice behind Momma Lew’s Blog.  A stay-at-home-mom of 2 preschoolers, she strives to serve healthy meals to her family.  Reesa has been blogging for over 3 years and hopes to provide information to her peers to make life easier for everyone!

How to Promote Healthy Eating Habits in Young Children

healthykidsblogWhether it’s school starting early, having a hectic work schedule, trying to get the kids to afterschool activities or constantly being on the go on the weekends, it can be difficult to instill healthy eating habits in your children.  Because of this, drive-thru’s and convenience stores can end up being a mom’s best friend.  However, feeding your children meals and snacks from these places sends a strong, unhealthy and sometimes dangerous message.

Commit to three meals at home together a week.  The importance of eating meals together as a family cannot be underestimated.  Having dinner at the table together helps build bonds that are centered on the very essence of family.  Children naturally want to be with their family, and they will have positive memories of this experience. When you partner this family meal with healthy food choices, your child will be more likely to continue to make healthy choices because it subconsciously reminds her of the family connection.

Try new foods together as a family.  Young children are notoriously picky eaters.  They tend to find a food they enjoy and want nothing else.  They frequently refuse to eat foods that look, smell or feel different than what they are used to.  Even mac and cheese made from a different box can cause a child to run screaming. To help curtail this pickiness, it is important to experiment with new foods as a family.  Remember that it can take a child several months to get used to a new food.  If it is a particularly offensive food, start with just putting a portion on his plate every day for a week.  Next, you can encourage her to feel it with her fingers and even with her tongue when she is comfortable.  This does not mean she has to swallow it, she just needs to put it in her mouth every day for a week so she can get used to the texture.  Slowly she will begin to get more comfortable with it, and eventually you can ask her to swallow one bite.  Children with high sensitivities to new foods may take up to a month before they’re comfortable trying the food, but other children will learn to eat it after a few days.  The important thing is that you eat that new food right alongside your child.

All family members eat the same thing.  Avoid making special meals for your child if she does not like what she has.  You can offer some extra of what she likes after she has tried the disliked food, but don’t make her mac and cheese just because you know she does not like meatloaf.

Prepare ahead of time for the whole week.   It is pretty easy to pre-make a lot of foods, from sandwiches and scrambled eggs to cut up veggies and baggies of grapes.  If you have time on the weekend, assemble sandwiches that your child can take for lunch for the whole week and keep them in the fridge so you can just grab them in the morning and go.  You can portion out some cut up veggies and fruit in bags too so they’re easily accessible in the mornings.  You can even bake scrambled eggs ahead of time; this way your children can have a healthy breakfast, even on school days when time is limited.  Bake them in muffin tins for the whole week and then freeze them.  In the morning, microwave them for a minute or two, add a banana and you have a healthy school morning breakfast!

Invest in on-the-go containers and foods. There is nothing wrong with needing to eat on the go. The extra 10 minutes it might save you in the morning or after school can make a huge difference.  The problem is that “on-the-go” usually means fast food.  This can be avoided by investing in containers and healthy foods that travel well.

Do not neglect eating a healthy breakfast.  For many adults and children, breakfast is an afterthought.  Most of the time, people aren’t really that hungry when they have to wake up early in the morning.  However, neglecting this meal has effects that last throughout the day.  A child’s breakfast often consists of high carbohydrate cereals or sugary toaster meals with little to no protein.  This causes a spike of energy to get out the door, but also causes blood sugar to drop quickly 30 minutes into the school day.  Even young children do not have snack time until about an hour and half into class, so they are likely attempting to learn while their body and brain are hungry for more nourishment.  This will often cause your child to be sluggish, easily distracted and unable to listen well.  It might also cause her to reach for higher carb, sugary foods to satisfy her until lunch.  Then at lunch she is more likely to start with the carbohydrate in the meal, and the cycle goes on and one.  Do your children a favor and make a healthy protein filled breakfast a priority.  You will be amazed at the difference in her behavior and her focus, all from eating a healthy meal at the beginning of the day.

Children will always gravitate toward sweet and salty treats.  However, the more their parents model what healthy eating looks like, the more likely they will only crave those treats once in a while.

What tips do you have for promoting healthy habits in young children?

About the Author: Anne Laurie is a frequent contributor for “http://www.gonannies.com/” & loves writing article related to kids.

Crust-less Quiche

crustless quicheIngredients:

  • Manzanillo Variety Fall Harvest Olive Oil               2 Tablespoons
  • Garlic, minced                                                        1 Tablespoon
  • Baby Spinach, Chiffonade                                      1 Cup
  • Zucchini, 1/4 inch dice                                            1/2 Cup
  • Onion, White 1/4 inch dice                                      1/4 Cup
  • Bell Pepper, Orange, 1/4 inch dice                          1/4 Cup
  • Salt, Kosher                                                             1/2 Teaspoon
  • Pepper, freshly ground                                             1/4 Teaspoon
  • Cilantro, fine chop                                                    1 Tablespoon
  • Low-fat Mozzarella Cheese                                     1 Cup
  • Egg Beaters                                                             2 Cups

Method of Preparation:

  1. Gather all ingredients and equipment.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil.
  4. Add garlic and spinach and sautee until spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add zucchini, onion, and bell pepper. Continue to sautee for an additional 2 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Either divide vegetable mixture evenly into 4 ramekins or into a large 9 inch round baking dish (pie dish, cake pan, etc.)
  8. In a medium bowl add eggs and remaining salt and pepper, mix well (if using whole eggs, if not proceed to step 9)
  9. Top vegetables evenly with cilantro, mozzarella cheese and egg beaters. Season with remaining salt and pepper if desired.
  10. Bake  until eggs have set in the center (about 25-30 minutes for the ramekins depending on their size or 45-60 minutes for a 9 inch pan).
  11. Remove from oven and drizzle lightly with Manzanillo Variety Fall Harvest Olive Oil

Chef Notes:

  1. You can add this to a crust as well and you can use whatever fillings you choose: mushrooms, ham, kale, etc.
  2. You can substitute the egg beaters for whole eggs and use 6-8 eggs.

About the Author: Jenny Manseau is a Chef, Culinary Nutrition student and author of the blog Creative Cooking Gluten FreeJenny created her website after being diagnosed in 2008 with Celiac Disease and takes many “regular” every day recipes and alters them to the gluten-free diet.

GetFit Giveaway for DAD

Father's DayWhat better way to celebrate the special Dads in our lives than with a health minded giveaway.  One lucky fan will win TWO Precision GetFit Body Fat Scales–one for you–one for DAD.  Not your ordinary bathroom scale, the Precision GetFit not only calculates weight but also quickly measures body fat, body water, body muscle and bone mass.  This unique gift will add the WOW factor to Father’s Day.

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