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Creative Breakfast Ideas Involving Fruit

The American Dietetic Association stresses not only the importance of breakfast, but the quality of breakfast foods consumed. A nutritious breakfast will give you a healthy start to your day. Fruit is one important food that should be included in ones breakfast as it is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants.

The following is a list of creative breakfast ideas involving fruit:

1. Spread peanut butter on a small pita and wrap it around a banana. Make sure you get your calcium with a large glass of cold milk.

2. Have a delicious waffle that is topped with berries and yogurt.

3. Fill a pita with fresh fruit and cottage cheese.

4. Have a scrambled egg or omelet sandwich with a tall glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Have a fresh banana with it.

5. For a light breakfast, have a muffin or English muffin with a fruit spread, a banana, and a glass of milk.

6. Have a fruit smoothie made in a blender. One recipe is:

Berry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 frozen banana, peeled and cut up 1/4 cup fresh or frozen berries (such as raspberries, blackberries and/or strawberries) 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice 3 tablespoons plain yogurt

Preparation: Put the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

7. Have a delicious fruit salad. Cut up all your favorite fruits in a bowl. Add yogurt or honey. Add some granola on top. You can also try the following recipe:

Ingredients: 2 cups cubed cantaloupe 2 large red apples, chopped 1 cup red or green grapes 1 medium banana, sliced 1/2 cup lemon yogurt 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice

Preparation: In a bowl, combine the fruit and mix. Combine the yogurt and orange juice and sprinkle it over the fruit.

8. Make some pancakes and add fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries.

9. Have a parfait that includes layering granola, yogurt, and fruit in a parfait dish.

10. Make a toasted bagel topped with cream cheese and fruit slices such as berries.

11. Have a healthy fruit Hodge Podge:

Ingredients:

1 honeydew melon cut up into chunks 1 banana cut into pieces 1 apple cut into pieces apples 50g of a granola cereal 2 tablespoons yogurt

Combine all ingredients. You can also use your own favorite fruits.

12. You can try this Breakfast Fruit Cobbler:

2 Cups of fresh, canned or frozen fruit Place fruit in a baking dish sprayed with cooking oil.

2 Tablespoon sugar 1 Teaspoon cornstarch 2 Teaspoon water or (juice from the canned fruits) 1/2 Teaspoon lemon juice

Mix together and pour over fruit in dish.

1/2 Cup quick cooking oats 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour 1/4 Cup brown sugar 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon or (1/4 Teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 Teaspoon of nutmeg) 1/4 Cup cold butter

Preparation: Mix together cutting in the butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit in dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

A nutritious breakfast includes fruit which is a great source of fiber. Being creative with your breakfasts will make your food more enjoyable and give you the necessary fuel to take on the day.

 


Italian Food - More Than Just Nourishment

Italian food is very popular in the United States, and rightly so. Italian dishes are simple, tasty, inexpensive and relatively healthy. No matter if you make roast, risotto, pasta, preserves, soups and sauces, there is something in the Italian menu for everyone.

For centuries, Italian cooking has been based upon one simple concept: Food tastes the best when it is cooked from scratch and the ingredients are in season. Many of the traditional Italian dishes that we know so well, such as pizza, were invented a few hundred years ago and sold on the streets of Italian cities such as Naples. How the pizza is made depends upon the region of the country, the season and what is available. This is true in other Italian dishes, too. Italian dishes of the north and south of Italy are very different and they use different types of cooking. In northern Italy, olive trees usually cannot grow, so it is more common to use butter for cooking instead of olive oil. Pasta, of course, is the most common staple of all Italian food. Italians are very adept at using tomatoes and pasta in very interesting ways! Olive oil and pasta are thought to be typical of cooking in southern Italy, and northern Italian food is more focused on butter and rice. Overall, good, authentic Italian food is about local ingredients and flavors, a simple but tasty sauce based upon tomato or cream, some parmesan cheese and authentic pasta from Italy.

One of the benefits of an Italian diet is that its key ingredients - olive oil, garlic, pasta, tomatoes and wine - have been shown over the years to lead to a healthy heart and good overall health. It is the proper balance of these key ingredients that makes real Italian food so appetizing. Also, even though ingredients such as basil, olive oil and garlic are important, the key to being a good Italian cook is to be creative. Italian cooking is very healthy, varied and nutritious. Many of the dishes from an Italian kitchen have been handed down over many centuries. These dishes maintain their connection to a rural Italian life of the past with dishes that are directly affected by what can be grown in the changing seasons.

Much of what we consider to be Italian food in the US came originally from the central part of Italy. Some of the products that come from central Italy include wonderful olive oil, tasty cheeses, marvelous cured meats and savory tomato sauces. Beef is found on tables in this area more often than other parts of Italy. In the Tuscan and Umbria areas, you even can get wild boar in some homes and restaurants. Also, both coasts in this area are the source of wonderful seafood, while the interior of central Italy has more rugged and simple traditional Italian food. In the area of Tuscany, we find where much traditional Italian cooking first started, which was at the court of the Medici family centuries ago. This part of Italy is the home to great olive oils, cheese made form sheep milk and really tasty roasted meats. Florence is very well known for its steak called alla fiorentina. Also very famous in Florence is a vegetable soup that is called ribollita, and also fagioli al fiasco, which has oil, onions and herbs. This dish is cooked in a bottle on a fire of coal. Seafood that is very good in this area includes a dish of red mullet called triglie, and a fish soup that is called cacciucco alla livornese.

As you can see, traditional Italian cooking offers simplicity, great taste and affordability. Give it a try!

 


Dining Tips: Food And Wine Pairing Basics

Wines have always been and will always be something that symbolizes romance, love and elegance. You can enjoy wine on its own, when you are having a party, give it away as a gift to a special friend, or as party favors like wine wedding favors to cap off a romantic wedding event.

However, as with any other beverage, it is best if you can find the perfect food pair for the drink. A cold can of beer is great with pizza, and a plate loaded with nachos and chips is perfect with a can of ice cold soda. For wine, there are some factors that you have to consider so your food and wine pairing will be perfect as well.

Generally, white wines work well with seafood and meals with cream sauce or mild cheeses. Red wines on the other hand works well with meats, grilled food and other equally heavy meals. The basic rule of thumb is, light wines go with light food choices, while heavy wines go with heavy food choices. Wines are definitely not your appetizers or side dishes. Wine tends to be the star once it is present in any meal so it is important to note that any meal that is to be paired with the wine should not overpower the flavor of the drink.

The use of the right wine glass is also important. For such elegant occasions, presentation is important as well since taste is often influenced by perception. The right glass for the right wine will truly show the quality and intensity of the wine. By placing it in an ordinary glass or in the wrong wine glass, you will cheapen the image of the wine for your dinner guests.

A fun and fool proof way create the perfect pairing is by heading off to your local restaurant because some of them offer menus that are already paired with the proper wine choice. You can also learn and it will really be informative when the waiter explains to you the pairings and gives you ideas you can use at home.

Most of all, wine and food pairings are meant to be enjoyed. When you get to learn the basics, you can just whip up any meal and instantly find the best wine to go with it. With this information at hand, you can easily create romantic candlelit dinners with the perfect food and wine pairings.

 




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