Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Diabetics need not stay away

Should diabetics avoid tropical fruits? True, some of these fruits are high on a Glycaemic Index, but they're usually low in carbohydrates. Bottom line, tropical fruits are nutrient-rich, high in fibre, rich in antioxidants and a great source of carbohydrates. Read more on this nutritionist's blog.

Don't judge a drink by its color

Called the Morning After, the drink's color may cause you to look twice. But don't push it away, it's refreshing and light.

Blend together
- slices of 2 medium-sized oranges
- 1 cup of Caribbean Red papaya chunks
- 1 cucumber peeled and sliced.
- 1 tablespoon honey
- a handful of ice cubes

Perfect together: SlimCado Avocados and Limes

I rarely eat a SlimCado without a lime. The two go so well together, just by themselves. But with a little effort, you can make a great soup and salad dressing.

Avocado Soup

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 medium-sized red onions; chopped
4 chopped garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 ripe SlimCado Avocados; peeled
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 quart chicken stock

- Over low heat, heat the oil in a large covered pot
- Add onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 10 minutes.
- Add SlimCado Avocados, lime juice and stock. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until SlimCados are soft.
- Puree with a hand held blender until very smooth.

Lime and SlimCado Avocado dressing
I've seen a couple of recipes floating around that argue you should use haas avocados and lemons in a recipe like this one. That's so Californian. Using SlimCados and limes give it a much more lighter taste but with added punch. What more could you ask for in a salad dressing?

1 ripe small- to medium- sized SlimCado Avocado*, peeled and mashed
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons sour cream or key lime yogurt
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon dill weed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon honey

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients. Serve on top of salad greens or a fresh fruit salad.

*Depending on the size of the SlimCado, you may want to double the recipe or add more of the liquid ingredients.

Peel limes first!

If you peel a lime before squeezing, the taste is less bitter - or so I'm told. I've never attributed a bitter taste to a lime. I find it less tart doing it this way, yes.

Anyway you squeeze it - peel on or off - here's a great limeade drink recipe.

- Peel and juice enough limes to make 1/2 cup lime juice
- Add: 1/8 cup sugar and 3/4 cup water
- Pour through cheesecloth to sort out the seeds and pulp