Recipe: Whipped Fruit Desserts

Ice cream would be a perfect summertime dessert, if not for all those calories and sugar. Surprisingly, you can replicate the rich, creamy texture of ice cream with healthful fruit. All it takes is a food processor or high-powered blender, and a few minutes of your time.

Recipe: Build-Your-Own Shish Kabobs

Colorful kabobs are a grilling-season classic. Their bright colors and flavors are always appealing but, alas, the meat and vegetables don’t cook at the same speed. Dodge this difficulty and make it more fun for your guests by cooking the ingredients separately. Then invite your guests to build their own shish kabobs.

Recipe: Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob

All summer long, your friends and neighbors will pull steaming ears of corn from a large pot of boiling water and slather them with butter. That’s a fine way to prepare fresh corn, but it is rather butter-intensive. If you want to enjoy all of corn’s flavor without the saturated fat, consider grilling it instead. The heat of the grill gives your corn a hint of smoke, adding flavor without calories.

Smart shoe shopping for people with diabetes

Good foot care is essential for people with diabetes. Nerve damage and impaired circulation can cause big problems with your feet. Your shoes must protect them from cuts and scrapes, and provide good support, too. Here are 6 tips I give my clients to keep them in sensible shoes.

Recipe: Don’t Be Shy With Shellfish

Some of the tastiest foods are also among the most healthy. Consider shellfish, for example. Mussels, scallops, clams and their kin are low in saturated fat but high in nutrition and flavor. The key is to prepare them without adding fat. Steaming the shellfish and serving them in broth is one elegant way to do it. This recipe has lots of steps, but don’t be intimidated. They’re all quick and easy.

Benefits of adult nap time

It happens to everyone occasionally: that often ill-timed little head bob as you catch yourself nodding off to sleep. Daytime drowsiness is your body’s way of signaling that you haven’t had enough sleep. When you’re sleepy, you feel sluggish and your thought processes and reaction times slow. You also tend to be more irritable when you’re tired. Enter the power nap – a short daytime nap that refreshes your body and brain and relieves some of the unpleasant after-effects of too little sleep.

School’s out: Make healthy lunches at home

Your kids might not have homework, but they still need plenty of fuel for summertime fun. In addition to being more affordable than dining out and healthier than fast food, homemade lunches provide a useful way to practice self-care while supporting your whole family’s wellness.

Recipe: Whipped Fruit Desserts

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Start to Finish: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 – 6
Skill: Easy

Ice cream would be a perfect summertime dessert, if not for all those calories and sugar. Surprisingly, you can replicate the rich, creamy texture of ice cream with healthful fruit. All it takes is a food processor or high-powered blender, and a few minutes of your time.

Ingredients

4 medium bananas, frozen

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)

1/8 teaspoon ground mace (optional)

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Directions

Chop the frozen bananas coarsely. Transfer them to a food processor or heavy-duty blender.

Pulse several times until the bananas are broken up into small pieces. Stop the machine periodically to push down the bananas with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula.

Continue blending and pushing down the bananas. They’ll pass from grainy to sticky and finally become smooth and slightly glossy.

Add the optional spices and blend for another 20 to 30 seconds. Serve the whipped dessert immediately for a soft-serve consistency. You can also freeze it for an hour or longer for a firmer texture.

Bring on the Fruit

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Bananas make an ideal base for frozen desserts. They’re drier than most fruits and less icy when frozen. Their natural sugars also help keep the dessert softer.

You can add a cup of almost any other frozen fruit to the whipped-banana base. Mangoes, pineapple, melon, strawberries and mixed berries all work well.

Use half bananas and half other fruit for a dessert with stronger flavors. It will freeze harder, but can be softened at room temperature before serving.

Brighten the taste of sweet fruits with a squeeze of lemon juice. Tart fruits might require a drizzle of honey, agave nectar or other natural sweetener.

Other healthful add-ins to consider include nuts, nut butters or chopped dried fruits. Solid add-ins should be stirred into the finished bananas, rather than added during the blending process.

Nutritional Data

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

(Per Serving)

Calories: 105

Total Fat: 0 g

Saturated Fat: 0 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 1 mg

Total Carbohydrates: 27g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Protein: 1g

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

References & Resources

The Kitchn: How to Make Creamy Ice Cream with Just One Ingredient!

By Fred Decker, Demand Media

Fred Decker is a trained chef and certified food-safety trainer. Decker wrote for the Saint John, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, and has been published in Canada’s Hospitality and Foodservice magazine. He’s held positions selling computers, insurance and mutual funds, and was educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Recipe: Build-Your-Own Shish Kabobs

Colorful kabobs are a grilling-season classic. Their bright colors and flavors are always appealing but, alas, the meat and vegetables don’t cook at the same speed. Dodge this difficulty and make it more fun for your guests by cooking the ingredients separately. Then invite your guests to build their own shish kabobs.

Recipe: Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob

All summer long, your friends and neighbors will pull steaming ears of corn from a large pot of boiling water and slather them with butter. That’s a fine way to prepare fresh corn, but it is rather butter-intensive. If you want to enjoy all of corn’s flavor without the saturated fat, consider grilling it instead. The heat of the grill gives your corn a hint of smoke, adding flavor without calories.

Smart shoe shopping for people with diabetes

Good foot care is essential for people with diabetes. Nerve damage and impaired circulation can cause big problems with your feet. Your shoes must protect them from cuts and scrapes, and provide good support, too. Here are 6 tips I give my clients to keep them in sensible shoes.

Recipe: Don’t Be Shy With Shellfish

Some of the tastiest foods are also among the most healthy. Consider shellfish, for example. Mussels, scallops, clams and their kin are low in saturated fat but high in nutrition and flavor. The key is to prepare them without adding fat. Steaming the shellfish and serving them in broth is one elegant way to do it. This recipe has lots of steps, but don’t be intimidated. They’re all quick and easy.

Benefits of adult nap time

It happens to everyone occasionally: that often ill-timed little head bob as you catch yourself nodding off to sleep. Daytime drowsiness is your body’s way of signaling that you haven’t had enough sleep. When you’re sleepy, you feel sluggish and your thought processes and reaction times slow. You also tend to be more irritable when you’re tired. Enter the power nap – a short daytime nap that refreshes your body and brain and relieves some of the unpleasant after-effects of too little sleep.

School’s out: Make healthy lunches at home

Your kids might not have homework, but they still need plenty of fuel for summertime fun. In addition to being more affordable than dining out and healthier than fast food, homemade lunches provide a useful way to practice self-care while supporting your whole family’s wellness.

Recipe: Whipped Fruit Desserts

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Start to Finish: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 – 6
Skill: Easy

Ice cream would be a perfect summertime dessert, if not for all those calories and sugar. Surprisingly, you can replicate the rich, creamy texture of ice cream with healthful fruit. All it takes is a food processor or high-powered blender, and a few minutes of your time.

Ingredients

4 medium bananas, frozen

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)

1/8 teaspoon ground mace (optional)

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Directions

Chop the frozen bananas coarsely. Transfer them to a food processor or heavy-duty blender.

Pulse several times until the bananas are broken up into small pieces. Stop the machine periodically to push down the bananas with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula.

Continue blending and pushing down the bananas. They’ll pass from grainy to sticky and finally become smooth and slightly glossy.

Add the optional spices and blend for another 20 to 30 seconds. Serve the whipped dessert immediately for a soft-serve consistency. You can also freeze it for an hour or longer for a firmer texture.

Bring on the Fruit

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Bananas make an ideal base for frozen desserts. They’re drier than most fruits and less icy when frozen. Their natural sugars also help keep the dessert softer.

You can add a cup of almost any other frozen fruit to the whipped-banana base. Mangoes, pineapple, melon, strawberries and mixed berries all work well.

Use half bananas and half other fruit for a dessert with stronger flavors. It will freeze harder, but can be softened at room temperature before serving.

Brighten the taste of sweet fruits with a squeeze of lemon juice. Tart fruits might require a drizzle of honey, agave nectar or other natural sweetener.

Other healthful add-ins to consider include nuts, nut butters or chopped dried fruits. Solid add-ins should be stirred into the finished bananas, rather than added during the blending process.

Nutritional Data

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

(Per Serving)

Calories: 105

Total Fat: 0 g

Saturated Fat: 0 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 1 mg

Total Carbohydrates: 27g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Protein: 1g

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

References & Resources

The Kitchn: How to Make Creamy Ice Cream with Just One Ingredient!

By Fred Decker, Demand Media

Fred Decker is a trained chef and certified food-safety trainer. Decker wrote for the Saint John, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, and has been published in Canada’s Hospitality and Foodservice magazine. He’s held positions selling computers, insurance and mutual funds, and was educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Recipe: Build-Your-Own Shish Kabobs

Colorful kabobs are a grilling-season classic. Their bright colors and flavors are always appealing but, alas, the meat and vegetables don’t cook at the same speed. Dodge this difficulty and make it more fun for your guests by cooking the ingredients separately. Then invite your guests to build their own shish kabobs.

Recipe: Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob

All summer long, your friends and neighbors will pull steaming ears of corn from a large pot of boiling water and slather them with butter. That’s a fine way to prepare fresh corn, but it is rather butter-intensive. If you want to enjoy all of corn’s flavor without the saturated fat, consider grilling it instead. The heat of the grill gives your corn a hint of smoke, adding flavor without calories.

Smart shoe shopping for people with diabetes

Good foot care is essential for people with diabetes. Nerve damage and impaired circulation can cause big problems with your feet. Your shoes must protect them from cuts and scrapes, and provide good support, too. Here are 6 tips I give my clients to keep them in sensible shoes.

Recipe: Don’t Be Shy With Shellfish

Some of the tastiest foods are also among the most healthy. Consider shellfish, for example. Mussels, scallops, clams and their kin are low in saturated fat but high in nutrition and flavor. The key is to prepare them without adding fat. Steaming the shellfish and serving them in broth is one elegant way to do it. This recipe has lots of steps, but don’t be intimidated. They’re all quick and easy.

Benefits of adult nap time

It happens to everyone occasionally: that often ill-timed little head bob as you catch yourself nodding off to sleep. Daytime drowsiness is your body’s way of signaling that you haven’t had enough sleep. When you’re sleepy, you feel sluggish and your thought processes and reaction times slow. You also tend to be more irritable when you’re tired. Enter the power nap – a short daytime nap that refreshes your body and brain and relieves some of the unpleasant after-effects of too little sleep.

School’s out: Make healthy lunches at home

Your kids might not have homework, but they still need plenty of fuel for summertime fun. In addition to being more affordable than dining out and healthier than fast food, homemade lunches provide a useful way to practice self-care while supporting your whole family’s wellness.

Recipe: Whipped Fruit Desserts

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Start to Finish: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 – 6
Skill: Easy

Ice cream would be a perfect summertime dessert, if not for all those calories and sugar. Surprisingly, you can replicate the rich, creamy texture of ice cream with healthful fruit. All it takes is a food processor or high-powered blender, and a few minutes of your time.

Ingredients

4 medium bananas, frozen

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)

1/8 teaspoon ground mace (optional)

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Directions

Chop the frozen bananas coarsely. Transfer them to a food processor or heavy-duty blender.

Pulse several times until the bananas are broken up into small pieces. Stop the machine periodically to push down the bananas with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula.

Continue blending and pushing down the bananas. They’ll pass from grainy to sticky and finally become smooth and slightly glossy.

Add the optional spices and blend for another 20 to 30 seconds. Serve the whipped dessert immediately for a soft-serve consistency. You can also freeze it for an hour or longer for a firmer texture.

Bring on the Fruit

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Bananas make an ideal base for frozen desserts. They’re drier than most fruits and less icy when frozen. Their natural sugars also help keep the dessert softer.

You can add a cup of almost any other frozen fruit to the whipped-banana base. Mangoes, pineapple, melon, strawberries and mixed berries all work well.

Use half bananas and half other fruit for a dessert with stronger flavors. It will freeze harder, but can be softened at room temperature before serving.

Brighten the taste of sweet fruits with a squeeze of lemon juice. Tart fruits might require a drizzle of honey, agave nectar or other natural sweetener.

Other healthful add-ins to consider include nuts, nut butters or chopped dried fruits. Solid add-ins should be stirred into the finished bananas, rather than added during the blending process.

Nutritional Data

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

(Per Serving)

Calories: 105

Total Fat: 0 g

Saturated Fat: 0 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 1 mg

Total Carbohydrates: 27g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Protein: 1g

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

Kristyn Robertson/ Demand Media

References & Resources

The Kitchn: How to Make Creamy Ice Cream with Just One Ingredient!

By Fred Decker, Demand Media

Fred Decker is a trained chef and certified food-safety trainer. Decker wrote for the Saint John, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, and has been published in Canada’s Hospitality and Foodservice magazine. He’s held positions selling computers, insurance and mutual funds, and was educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Recipe: Build-Your-Own Shish Kabobs

Colorful kabobs are a grilling-season classic. Their bright colors and flavors are always appealing but, alas, the meat and vegetables don’t cook at the same speed. Dodge this difficulty and make it more fun for your guests by cooking the ingredients separately. Then invite your guests to build their own shish kabobs.

Recipe: Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob

All summer long, your friends and neighbors will pull steaming ears of corn from a large pot of boiling water and slather them with butter. That’s a fine way to prepare fresh corn, but it is rather butter-intensive. If you want to enjoy all of corn’s flavor without the saturated fat, consider grilling it instead. The heat of the grill gives your corn a hint of smoke, adding flavor without calories.

Smart shoe shopping for people with diabetes

Good foot care is essential for people with diabetes. Nerve damage and impaired circulation can cause big problems with your feet. Your shoes must protect them from cuts and scrapes, and provide good support, too. Here are 6 tips I give my clients to keep them in sensible shoes.

Recipe: Don’t Be Shy With Shellfish

Some of the tastiest foods are also among the most healthy. Consider shellfish, for example. Mussels, scallops, clams and their kin are low in saturated fat but high in nutrition and flavor. The key is to prepare them without adding fat. Steaming the shellfish and serving them in broth is one elegant way to do it. This recipe has lots of steps, but don’t be intimidated. They’re all quick and easy.

Benefits of adult nap time

It happens to everyone occasionally: that often ill-timed little head bob as you catch yourself nodding off to sleep. Daytime drowsiness is your body’s way of signaling that you haven’t had enough sleep. When you’re sleepy, you feel sluggish and your thought processes and reaction times slow. You also tend to be more irritable when you’re tired. Enter the power nap – a short daytime nap that refreshes your body and brain and relieves some of the unpleasant after-effects of too little sleep.

School’s out: Make healthy lunches at home

Your kids might not have homework, but they still need plenty of fuel for summertime fun. In addition to being more affordable than dining out and healthier than fast food, homemade lunches provide a useful way to practice self-care while supporting your whole family’s wellness.