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Volume 36, No. 3

Blueberry ~ Lemon Sorbet

Prep & Cook time: 
7 minutes + 30 minutes in freezer
Ingredients & Amounts: 

3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
 

Directions: 

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Place berry mixture in a freezer-safe container and freeze until hard, about 1 hour. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving.

Health.com

Food Category: 
Dessert
Dietary Restrictions (check all that apply): 
Dairy Free
Egg Free
Gluten Free
Low Cholesterol
Peanut Free
Soy Free
Vegan
Vegetarian
Servings: 
5
Calories: 
77
Calories from Fat: 
0
Total Fat (g): 
0
Saturated Fat: 
0
Trans Fat: 
0
Unsaturated Fat: 
0
Total Carbohydrate: 
20
Dietary Fiber: 
2
Protein: 
1

Watermelon Salsa

Prep & Cook time: 
20 minutes
Ingredients & Amounts: 

3 cups finely diced seedless watermelon, (about 2 1/4 pounds with the rind) (see Tip)
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (see Ingredient note)
1/3 cup chopped cilantro, (about 1/2 bunch)
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup minced red onion, (about 1/2 small)
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
 

Directions: 

Place watermelon, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice and onion in a medium bowl; stir well to combine. Season with salt. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
Tip: Melon selection & storage: Look for symmetrical unblemished melons, without flat sides, that have a creamy yellow spot on the bottom indicating ripeness. At 92% water, this fruit should feel heavy when you heft it. Precut melon flesh should be dense, firm and appear moist. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or keep in a cool, dark spot. Cover the cut surface of melon with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Ingredient Note: The seeds and surrounding membrane are the spiciest part of the chile pepper. To increase the heat of the salsa, use some or all of the seeds, depending on your preference, along with the flesh of the pepper.

Eatingwell.com
 

Food Category: 
Salad
Dietary Restrictions (check all that apply): 
Dairy Free
Egg Free
Gluten Free
High Fiber
Low Cholesterol
Peanut Free
Soy Free
Tree Nut Free
Vegan
Vegetarian
Servings: 
8
Calories: 
26
Calories from Fat: 
0
Total Fat (g): 
0
Saturated Fat: 
0
Trans Fat: 
0
Unsaturated Fat: 
0
Total Carbohydrate: 
7
Dietary Fiber: 
1
Protein: 
1

Tai Chi Grows Brain Size

Scientists from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai found increases in brain volume and improvements on tests of memory and thinking in Chinese seniors who practiced Tai Chi three times a week, reports an article published June 19 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Oldest Herbal Healers?

An international team of researchers, led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the University of York, has provided the first molecular evidence that Neanderthals not only ate a range of cooked plant foods, but also understood its nutritional and medicinal qualities.

Until recently Neanderthals, who disappeared between 30,000 and 24,000 years ago, were thought to be predominantly meat-eaters. However, evidence of dietary breadth is growing as more sophisticated analyses are undertaken.

FDA Spies on Scientists

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Licorice for Diabetes

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Bees & Prostate Cancer

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Tea & the Olympics

Research carried out at London's Kingston University has revealed that athletes could mask illegal doping with testosterone by drinking green and white tea. A team headed by Professor Declan Naughton, from the University's School of Life Sciences, found drinking the beverages had the potential to reduce the amount of the performance-enhancing hormone present in urine testing.

Who Owns Organic?

The latest update of major corporate ownership and involvement in the organic food sector is now out. The chart graphically focuses on the organic brands with ties to the top 25 food processors in North America. You can view a full-size version of the latest chart by clicking here.

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