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Fresh Strawberry Zucchini Salad

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This Fresh Strawberry Zucchini Salad might be a fun and maybe a somewhat surprising combination that will give your table a lift of freshness and decoration. Warmer weather calls for refreshing foods!

Healthy for you

If you are thinking of loosing some weight or just seeking a new idea to add to your diet – try this fresh Strawberry Zucchini salad for a start.

Strawberries are considered a healthy treat especially if you are able to get them organically grown. They contain anti-aging antioxidants and are therefor good for your skin, joints and your bloodvessels.

Both zucchini and strawberries are high in Potassium and very good sources of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese. Potassium and Manganese are minerals significant for our metabolism and chemical balance in the body it is therefor favourable to have some of this strawberry zucchini salad if you are looking to loose some weight.

Taste of summer

They come with this nice taste of summer that will give the zucchinis a facelift of dimensions in this salad- add some chili to it all and this salad will give you a spark as well as the table.

The strawberry zucchini salad is mainly done by making thin zucchini ribbons with a peeler, cheese slice or a mandolin. Then you whisk a refreshing dressing out of lemon juice, olive oil, finely chopped chili, some mint and basil.

Turn the zucchini ribbons in the dressing and load up the bowl with sweet strawberries.

This strawberry zucchini salad is a fresh, juicy and sweet-to- eat salad – that goes really well with grilled fish, seafood or chicken.

You need:

  • 1 green Zucchini
  • 250 grams Strawberries
  • 4 tablesp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ red chili
  • 2 tablespoon of mint, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon of basil, coarsely chopped
  • Flake salts
  • Black pPepper

 

Do this:

  1. Slice the Zucchini into thin ribbons with a mandolin, asparagus peeler or a cheese slice
  2. Rinse the strawberries and cut them in four pieces each
  3. Wisk up olive oil and lemon juice to form a creamy dressing
  4. Take seeds out of the chilli. Add finely chopped chilli, mint and basil. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Turn the zucchini slices with half of the dressing and put them on a plate or in a bowl if you like
  6. Spread the strawberries on top and drip the rest of the dressing over. Add a little extra flaky salt and grinded pepper. Add some whole leafs of mint and basil on top – for a nice and healthy decoration

 

References:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2064/2#ixzz4yCbCsXz3

http://www.organicfood.com.au/content_common/pc-marketssydney.seo

Blueberry lemon Jelly hearts

Jelly hearts for healthy skin and bones

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Want to strengthen your bones, eat some anti-aging food AND have lollies at the same time?

Well, that can be done, nicely – here is some jelly hearts  for healthy skin and bones. The health benefits from blueberries, lemon and gelatine are amazing, the fact that these jelly hearts are sugar free makes them more a supplement than a sweet.

Sugar free jelly lollies

1 cup frozen blueberries

2/3 Cup of Juice from 2 – 4 lemons

10-15 drops Stevia Berry

½ tea spoon Vanilla extract

4 tbs gelatine

You can get gelatine from here at iherb or in the local health food store. Iherb is definitely the cheapest place – and if you use my Coupon Code; BOQ838 first time you order, you’ll get a discount as well. You will also find Stevia drops on iherb. You might choose a vegan type of gelatine like agar, but I have not tried that yet.

  1. Squeeze the juice of 2-4 lemons- depending on the size of them. Use a strainer or a sieve to make sure no pulp or pips follow into the juice. Pour the juice into a pan.
  2. Add the frozen blueberries and heat up till it gets hot. Take pan off the hot plate. Do not boil – it should just be warm enough to melt the gelatine.
  3. Use a stick mixer to make a smooth blueberry texture of it all.
  4. Add 4 tablespoons of gelatine.
  5. Add Stevia drops. You can use other sweeteners if you prefer that: One or two table spoon of Honey and ½ tea spoon Yacon syrup e.g. add some vanilla extract to taste.
  6. Mix everything well together. Remember it will taste less sweet when it cools down.
  7. I like to use little sweet silicon moulds but you might also use a square baking pan and glad wrap or similar. Make sure the liquid has cooled down a little bit before pouring it in the mould or the pan. Cool them all down in the fridge. They will last there for a week, but I can assure you they will disappear before that!

You can buy your silicone moulds here.

The levels of nutrition in these lollies are so high– you can consider them a supplement!

  • Proteins from the gelatine
  • Antioxidants from the blueberries and the lemons
  • Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Folate are all in these lovely berries as well as fibers

Blueberries health benefits

The health benefits of blueberries are mainly attributed to a pigment in the berry that gives them the lovely blue color and is called anthocyanidins. Yes, Anthocyanidins – they increase the benefits of vitamin C in the body and it helps to stabilise collagen, which is a building block of all body tissues.

Blueberries contains a considerable amount of antioxidants. Studies have shown that they are really good for better memory, and can help with dementia, Alzheimer, Parkinson, cancer and diabetes.

Eat them as they are, put them in your yoghurt or on cereal or make a healthy jam or jelly lollies. These berries can help relieve both diarrhoea and constipation.

We call Blueberries the vision fruit because they help your eyesight.

They contain – like most berries – tannins as well as pectin. Tannins are good for your intestines, they reduces inflammation and kills unfortunate bacteria. Pectin is a strong anticancer agent.

Gelatine for healthy skin and bones

Gelatine is a tissue builder and strengthens the collagen in your body. Skin, connective tissue and tendons are some of the tissue in your body that benefits from this nutrient. For some people it might be hard to just stir out the gelatine in water and drink it, but with this un-sweet little hearts, it is ever so easy.

If you are excited about the jelly recipe and/or the evidence-based facts about blueberry nutrition, please tell your friends that could benefit from this by sharing this post.

References:

Joseph J.A et al (2010) (online). Blueberry supplementation improves memory in older adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20047325 Pubmed.

Wolfe K. et al (2008) (online). Cellular antioxidant activity of common fruits http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf801381y. Journal of Agricultural and food chemistry.