August 18, 2014

School is just around the corner!  We have a fun craft you can do with your kids after school, so you can still spend time together while encouraging their creativity!

Fruit Prints

Materials

Knife

Apples, oranges, lemons, kiwis

Poster paints

Paper plate

Paintbrush

Felt-tip pen (any color, or matching fruit)

White drawing paper or card paper

Instructions

Cut a piece of fruit in half.Pour a little poster paint onto a paper plate. Spread it evenly over the bottom of the plate with a paintbrush.
Press the cut side of the fruit into the paint.
Lift the fruit from the plate.
Press the painted fruit onto the white drawing paper. Be careful not to move the fruit as you print.
Count to 10.
Carefully lift the fruit to see the print.
Practice making as many as you want.
To create a greeting card, make one print in a corner of a piece of stock card. Then decorate another side with a felt-tip pen.
Idea from: Right@Home
More info about Fruits Trees: http://www.plantogram.com
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August 18, 2014

snicker cheesecake

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/snickers-cheesecake

 

Ingredients

Crust: 24 chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Filling: 3 8-oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature 

 3/4 cup sugar

3 large eggs, at room temperature 

 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon cornstarch

3 regular-size Snickers bars, cut into 1/4-inch slices

1/4 cup caramel sauce, optional
 
1/4 cup chopped roasted and salted peanuts, optional

Preparation

  1. 1. Make crust: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mist a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Wrap bottom and sides with 2 large foil pieces. Pulse cookies in a food processor until crushed. Pulse in butter. Press into an even layer in pan. Bake until firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.
  2. 2. Make filling: Place a roasting pan filled with 1 inch hot water on oven's center rack. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar; beat for 1 minute. Beat in eggs. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Beat in vanilla, lemon juice and cornstarch.
  3. 3. Sprinkle Snickers over crust. Pour batter into pan; place in water bath. Bake until cake is set around edges but still jiggles in center, about 55 minutes.
  4. 4. Remove cake from roasting pan; remove foil. Place cake on a rack to cool. Cover and chill until firm, 4 hours or up to 1 day. When ready to serve, drizzle top with caramel sauce and top with chopped peanuts, if desired

 

 

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August 18, 2014

Enjoy the last of weeks of summer with this delicious vanilla soft serve recipe that uses real vanilla bean!

Mr. Softee-Style Vanilla Bean Soft Serve

Ingredients & Special Equipment

3 1/2 cups half and half, divided

3 tablespoons cornstarch

2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon Scotch whiskey

Ice cream machine

Directions

Pour about 1/4 cup half and half in one small bowl and 2 tablespoons in another. Use a fork to whisk cornstarch into the first bowl until no lumps remain, and sprinkle gelatin in second bowl. Add remaining half and half to a saucepan along with vanilla bean, sugar, and salt. Bring to a bowl, then turn off heat, cover, and let steep for one hour.

Remove vanilla bean (reserving for another use) and whisk in cornstarch slurry. Heat dairy on medium heat, whisking frequently, until a custard forms and a swiped finger leaves a clean line. Turn off heat, taste for seasoning, then stir in Scotch and gelatin mixture. Whisk until gelatin fully dissolves. Transfer to an airtight container to chill, four hours to overnight. The custard will set into a wobbly gel

Churn in an ice cream maker until ice cream has the texture of soft serve and is not at all runny. Eat immediately, or chill in freezer in an airtight container. To regain soft serve texture, let ice cream thaw to the verge of melting after freezing.

Make it Your Own

Get creative and add your favorite fruits to your homemade vanilla ice cream!

Active time: 30 minutes

Total time: 2 hours (plus an overnight chill)

Recipe by: Max Falkowitz

More info about Fruits Trees: http://www.plantogram.com

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August 17, 2014

 BananaIceCream

Ingredients

10 fl oz water

3 oz white sugar

7 oz mango puree

2 envelopes gelatin

3 ½ fl oz whipped cream

7 oz banana ice cream

¼ cup coconut milk (optional)

4 mango slices, for garnish

2 tablespoons coconut flakes, for garnish

 

Directions
Combine the sugar, water, and gelatin in a pan over a low heat and stir until the gelatin and sugar dissolve.
Let the mixture cool, then add the mango, ice cream and whipped cream.
Stir the mixture well until the banana ice cream melts, then divide the mango pudding between 4 cups.
Let it set in the refrigerator.
Divide the coconut milk between 4 bowls if you are using it, and then add a mango pudding to each one.
Garnish with a slice of mango and some coconut flakes.
 
Cook time: 5 minutes
More info about Fruits or Trees: http://www.plantogram.com
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August 15, 2014

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Ingredients

2 limes

2 tablespoons coarse sugar (I use decorator's sugar, regular sugar will work fine though)

Two 20-ounce jars mango chunks, drained

Ice, for blending

1 1/2 cups tequila

1 1/2 cups triple sec

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions

Begin by zesting the limes. Pour the coarse sugar over the lime zest and toss with your fingers to combine. Set aside.

Throw the mango into the blender. Top off the blender with ice. Pour the tequila and triple sec. Add the granulated sugar and squeeze in the juice of the limes. Blend until completely smooth, adding more ice if necessary to get it the consistency you want.

Use a piece of one of the limes to moisten the rim of the glasses. Dip the rims of the glasses in the lime sugar.

Pour the drinks and serve them immediately

Courtesy: Ree Drumond Food Network

Fruit Trees: PlantOGram.com

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August 15, 2014

grilled steak salad

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-sirloin-steak-mango-chile-salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice  
  • 1 medium ripe mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 red jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 pound sirloin steak, trimmed

 

Directions

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Sprinkle steak evenly with 3/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place steak on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let steak stand 5 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices. Combine remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, cilantro, and next 3 ingredients (through jalapeño) in a medium bowl; toss. Top with peanuts. Serve salad with steak.

This is one meal you don't want to miss!

For more information on this recipe visit: http://www.myrecipes.com

For information on mangos go to: http://www.plantogram.com

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August 15, 2014

mango

http://plantogram.com/product/mango_julie/

 

     Mango Butter is expeller pressed from the kernels of the mango fruit. Mango is rich in unsaponifiables, making it highly emollient, while its especially high content of oleic and stearic acids make it comparable to Cocoa Butter in humectant (moisture sealing) properties. 

However, unlike Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter is soft and pliable with a melt point of 86°F-98°F, making it very easy to work with. Mango Butter's emollient and humectant properties may help keep your skin well hydrated, staving the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Like Shea Butter, Mango Butter may confer mild protection from sun damage. Mango Butter's soothing moisturizing properties make it perfect for crèmes, lotions and body scrubs. 
 
For more information visit: http://www.essential.com
Learn more about mangos at: http://www.plantogram.com

 

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August 14, 2014

mango leaves

Mango Leaves For Diabetes

Diabetes is not a condition that one can ignore or consider trivial. The condition is essentially a disorder that is characterized by excess amounts of blood sugar – leading to serious medical complications such as damaged blood vessels. Some of the more common causes of diabetes include: high cholesterol, hereditary, insulin resistance and high blood pressure. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes in pregnant women.

In order to control the blood sugar levels properly, one needs to be careful of the different kinds of sugar ingested – meaning that a number of sweet foods will have to be avoided. When discussing about diet for diabetics, most people wonder if mangos for diabetics are safe.

Recipe

One of the best natural treatments is to use mango leaves for diabetes. You just need to boil about three or four mango leaves and drink the water. The benefits of mango leaves for blood sugar have been ascertained after lot of research. The research substantiates that the medicinal properties contribute to the lowering of the blood sugar levels within the body. For better results, you should try soaking the leaves over the course of the night in water and consume the solution early the next morning. Ensure that you consume the solution on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.

 

** Consult a Doctor to make sure you can try this**

 

 

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August 14, 2014

mango salsa
 
 
Ingredients

1 mango, peeled and diced

1/2 cup peeled, diced cucumber

1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno

1/3 cup diced red onion

1 tablespoon lime juice

1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves

Salt and pepper

 

Directions

Combine the mango, cucumber, jalapeno, red onion, lime juice and cilantro leaves and mix well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste

 

For more recipes visit :Food Network

For more information on any fruit tree visit: PlantOGram

 

 

 

 

 

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August 14, 2014

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Mangoes may very well be the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack. Here are 17 healthy reasons why you should be eating a mango every day.

Nutrition chart
One cup of mangoes (225 gms contain) contains the following percentages that apply to daily value.
105 calories
76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)
25 percent vitamin A (antioxidant and vision)
11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)
9 percent healthy probiotic fibre
9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
4 percent magnesium

1. Fights cancer
Antioxidants like quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat present in mango protect the body against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.

2. Keeps cholesterol in check
Mango has high level of vitamin C, pectin and fibres that help to lower serum cholesterol levels. Fresh mango is a rich source of potassium, which is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.

3. Skin cleanser
Mangoes help you unclog your pores and add freshness to the face. Mangoes are applicable to any skin type. They help clear clogged pores that cause acne. Just slice a mango into thin pieces and keep them on your face for 10 to 15 minutes and then take bath or wash your face and see the results.

4. Alkalizes the body
According to natural health school.com, mango is rich in tartaric acid, malic acid and traces of citric acid that primarily help in maintaining the alkali reserve of the body.

5. Weight loss
Mango has a lot of vitamins and nutrients that help the body feel fuller. Also, the fibrous fruit boosts the digestive function of the body by burning additional calories, helping in weight loss.

6. Regulates diabetes
Not only the fruit but the leaves of mangoes are healthy too. For people suffering from diabetes, just boil 5-6 mango leaves in a vessel, soak it through night and drink the filtered decoction in the morning. This is helps in regulating your insulin levels.

Mango has a low glycemic index (41-60) so going a little overboard will not increase your sugar levels.

7. Aphrodisiac
Mango has aphrodisiac qualities and is also called the ‘love fruit’. Mangoes increase the virility in men. Vitamin E, which is abundantly present in mangoes, helps to regulate sex hormones and boosts sex drive.

8. Eye care
Did you know that mango is rich in vitamin A. One cup of sliced mangoes equals 25% intake of your daily need of vitamin A. Mangoes help in promoting good eye sight, fights dry eyes and also prevent night blindness.

9. Helps in digestion
Mango contains enzymes that help in breaking down protein. The fibrous nature of mango helps in digestion and elimination. It is is rich in pre-biotic dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals.

10. Heat stroke
When the sun is bogging you down this summer, just chop of a mango in a juicer; add a little water and a tbsp of sugar free or honey. This juice will instantly cool you down and prevent heat stroke.

11. Strengthens your immune
The deadly combination of vitamin C, vitamin A and 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy.

12. Body scrub
Make a paste of mashed mango, honey and milk and use as a body scrub, you will feel that your skin is tender and smooth.

13. Aids concentration and memory
Studying for exams? This fruit is rich in glutamine acid– an important protein for concentration and memory. Feed mangoes to children who find it difficult to concentrate on studies.

14. High iron for women
Mango is rich in iron, hence it is a great natural solution for people suffering from anemia. Menopausal and pregnant women can indulge in mangoes as this will increase their iron levels and calcium at the same time.

15. Reduces Kidney Stones 
In Chinese medicine, mangoes are considered sweet and sour with a cooling energy also capable of reducing the risk of kidney stone formation.

16. Perfect Snack
Instead of snacking on unhealthy chips and cookies, why not feast on slices of mangoes instead. They are perhaps one of the tastiest dehydrated fruits of all.

17. Stomach Tonic 
Before going to bed put some 10 or 15 mango leaves in warm water and close it with lid. The next day morning filter the water and drink it in empty stomach. Do this regularly.

Mae Chan holds degrees in both physiology and nutritional sciences. She is also blogger and and technology enthusiast with a passion for disseminating information about health.

Mango Effective in Preventing Colon and Breast Cancer

Read the full article here: http://preventdisease.com/news/13/051713_17-Reasons-Why-You-Need-a-Mango-Every-Day.shtml

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