Monday, March 19, 2012

Healthy Recipes Fruit Salad (oil free, egg free)

Tea Beyond fruit salad
Spring is here!! Today!!! Right now!! How exciting!! The weather in the last few days feels more like summer, don't you think? How to celebrate spring? Fruit salad!!!;))

 Spring 2012 Trends via Fashionologie

Banana Ginger muffins (with Fresh ginger, steveia recipe)

Banana Cookies (3 ingredients or less, egg free, dairy free, salt free, vegan)

Salsa (eggless, oil free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, weight loss)

Kiwi Ginger smoothies 

Whole Wheat Cookies (Mint & Stevia)

Chicken Stew No.1 (International Women's Day special)

I love love fashion!! Who doesn't?!!! This recipe is inspired by the 2012 Spring Fashion Trend by Fashionologie, above. I used to dress only black, grey or blue, until I started my tea business. Many tea farms are located in culture rich area in China, where normally you can find many minorities. Their customs are rich in colors and soo beautiful!!! I even ordered few hand sewed customs made by local people. There was one fine custom I bought in China I loved so much that I wore at Fancy Food Show few times, but someone took it;((( There are only 2 the exact same customs in the world!!! I only hope the person who took it will still take care of's really a beautiful piece, purely hand sewed and it's big!! It would be a beautiful piece hanging on the wall...

Tea Beyond Fruit Salad

One time my friend told me that he only eats fruit salads for lunch and he looks soo young!!! Well, fruits are rich in minerals, vitamins, water, and....sugar, folks;)) so fruit salads need to be well-balanced, in terms of nutrition and tastes. Most of fruits are too sweet for me, so I do not normally eat much fruits. But I love this fruit salad!! I would not recommend eat fruit salads every day, but every few days would be perfect!

Benefits-rich in minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, water, and proteins. Cheese and peanuts balance the taste. It's aromatic and beautiful!!

Tea Beyond fruit salad- Kiwi

One time I read an article which says your food should always be colorful. Here's another article I found online by Food and Nutrition specialist Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson
What color is your food?
Red fruits and Vegetables are colored by natural plant pigments called "lycopene" or "anthocyanins". Lycopene in tomatoes, watermelon, may help reduce risk of several types of cancer, such as prostate cancer. Examples are red apples, beets, cherries, cranberries, red peppers, pomegranates, etc

Orange/Yellow Fruits and Vegetables are usually colored by natural plant pigments called "carotenoids". Beta-carotene in sweet potatoes, pumpkins is converted to Vitamin A which helps maintain healthy mucous membrances and healthy eyes. (So if you want to have pair of cat eyes which shine in the dark, you need to eat more carrots!!! hahagaga) Examples are yellow apples, pears, peaches, pineapple, pumpkin, lemons, grapefruit, carrots, etc

Green fruits and vegetables are colored by natural pigment called "chorophyll". Some members of the green group, including spinach and other dark leafy greens, green peppers, contain lutein. Lutein works with another chemical, zeaxanthin, found in corn and red peppers. Examples are Green apples, lettuce, kiwi, peas, broccoli, avocados, etc.

White fruits and vegetables are colored by pigments called "Anthoxanthins". They may contain health-promoting chemicals such as allicin, which may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and may help reduce risk of stomach cancer and heart disease. Examples are Banana, cauliflower, garlic, ginger, jicama, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, potatoes, turnips, etc

Blue/purple fruits and vegetables are colored by natural plant pigments called "authocyanins". Anthocyanins in blueberries, graps and raisins act as powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damange. examples are blackberries, blueberries, eggplant, figs, juneberries (never tried), plums, prunes, purpose grapes and raisins.

Colors reflect the chemical compounds in the fruits. Technically, we all should eat as many colors of foods as possible so that our body can get the best balanced nutrition. Well, at least technically;)) I try;))
Tea Beyond fruit salad

Tea Pairing-Green tea or herbal tea!!

Ingredients: (2 servings)
1 medium potato, sliced in 1 inch pieces
1/2 apple, sliced in 1 inch pieces
1 kiwi, peeled, sliced in 1 inch pieces
1 pear, sliced in 1 inch pieces
2 oz blue berries, washed
 6 strawberries, sliced in quarters
1 oz roasted Peanuts
2 oz crumbled cheese

Black peppers to taste

Instructions: I clean my fruits and vegetables very carefully such as rinse in water thoroughly. Normally I keep the fruit skin. Many times, fruit skin are rich in nutrition.

Mix all fruits and peanuts together in a large bowl. Spread the crumbled cheese on top, then add some black pepper.

Is that simple, huh?!! and yum yum!!!

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