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5 watermelon recipes to try before the end of summer

What would warm weather be without big, sloppy slices of watermelon? Given that this summer essential is more than 90 percent water, it’d be easy to assume that it has little or no nutritional value. But the low-calorie fruit is filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that soothe sore muscles, improve cardiovascular health, and pack about one-third of the daily recommended vitamins A and C, and lycopene that can even combat cancer. August through October is watermelon harvest in most of the country, so there are usually lots of great, local picks at farmers markets and grocery stores this time of year. But how can you be sure you’re selecting the perfect melon? To avoid mushy melons, a good rule of thumb states that you should choose the one heaviest for its size. The melon should also have a deeply colored cream spot on the bottom — the color signifying the watermelon had plenty of time to…

Strawberries and cream popsicles, a must for summer

If you haven’t hopped on the homemade popsicle wagon, you are missing out on a ton of tasty fun. For about $10 you can buy a decent popsicle mold, which will give you the freedom to explore delicious combinations, use up left over juice and smoothies, and allow you ultimate control over your sugar intake. When it comes to one of summer’s most loved treats, everyone wants one. It’s great to be able to give a guest or your child’s friend an option even though they have dietary restrictions. For this recipe, I didn’t add any additional sweeteners like sugar or honey. I wanted to be able to feel good about this and not have to put it on the splurge side of my diet. The full fat milk makes it decadent enough for me, but feel free to add some sweetness in your strawberry blend or some vanilla in your…

Celebrate National Piña Colada Day with Boozy Piña Popsicles

If you haven’t made it to the beach recently, you might be lacking on your piña colada consumption for the summer. Today, we fix that. July 10 is celebrated annually as National Piña Colada Day, and what’s best is you don’t have to be sitting on a beach or the deck of a cruise ship to celebrate. Just mix some rum, cream of coconut and pineapple juice, and shake with ice. Try this delicious recipe from Bon Appétit. For  a more unusual take on the classic drink, try these easy five-ingredient piña colada popsicles! Boozy Piña Colada Popsicles Serves 4 Ingredients 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple 2 tbsp coconut rum + some 1/4 cup coconut milk 3 tbsp organic sugar 2 tbsp shredded coconut (optional) Directions Add pineapple to blender and pour rum over top. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Stir occasionally to help the pineapple soak up the rum.…

America’s Favorite Ice Cream Flavor Revealed

The results are in, and vanilla reigns supreme as America’s favorite ice cream flavor. In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, which runs throughout the month of July, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) conducted a survey to find the most loved flavors from coast to coast. The IDFA tabulated the top sellers from major ice cream manufacturers in the United States including Blue Bell, Unilever, Nestle, and members of the National Ice Cream Retailers Association, which likely includes your local mom and pop ice cream shop. Vanilla has been the top selling flavor for years, followed by chocolate, but the remaining 8 slots tend to vary. Here’s a full list: Vanilla Chocolate Cookies & Cream Mint Chocolate Chip Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Buttered Pecan Cookie Dough Strawberry Moose Tracks (vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups and fudge swirls) Neapolitan “Vanilla has long been the best-selling ice cream flavor not only because…

National Doughnut Day More than Modern Marketing Ploy, Dates Back to WWI

It’s hard not to be jaded about national food holidays nowadays. With roughly 450 current food holidays announced, there’s one for every day of the year, and then some. Most of these days tend to be created by those who stand to directly financially benefit from the public awareness and media attention such a day can bring. For example, National Drive-Thru Day was the brainchild of the fast food chain Jack in the Box while National Peanut Butter Day was created by the National Peanut Board. New holidays are reviewed by a small committee, and the creator is charged up to $4,000. But if there is one that doesn’t deserve your cynicism, it’s National Doughnut Day, celebrated the first Friday of every June. The origins of National Doughnut Day date back much further than the modern food holidays, and it has a much deeper history, too. The day is as much about celebrating the people behind…

10 ice cream flavors you didn’t know existed

Isn’t Instagram grand? It gives us a peek into what culinary creations fellow foodies around the world are coming up with. Check out these 10 new ice cream flavors for a bit of drool-worthy inspiration. 1. Black Walnut https://www.instagram.com/p/BM-BKL_AWef/?tagged=blackwalnuticecream Find chunks of walnuts throughout this rich, buttery ice cream. This is the most accessible dairy dessert on the list. You can find it at some Baskin Robbins locations. 2. Fireweed Ice cream #FireWeedIceCream A post shared by Rowan Kelly (@hellorowanxo) on Aug 23, 2014 at 2:27pm PDT Fireweed is native to the Last Frontier. It’s sweet floral flavor combines the plant’s bright pink leaves with honey. 3. SWEET CORN #sweetcornicecream #mamasita #mexicancuisine #dessert #lunchspot #foodie #foodiegram #phonegraphy #vsco #vscocam #foodporn #foodieforlife #instasize #collinsstreet #melbourneats #melbournelife #melbournefoodie #melbournefood #zomato #zomatoaus #forsake @mamasitamelbourne A post shared by Yezi HU (@____jasmine.ho____) on Oct 12, 2016 at 8:22pm PDT Corn on the cob is a…

Ben & Jerry’s Shows Love for Bob Marley with “One Love”

As iconic as Bob Marley was in the world of music, he became even more of an inspiration for promoting peace and unity around the world — and next, apparently, ice cream. Ben & Jerry announced a new flavor called “One Love” that pays homage to the legendary performer’s vision for the world. The new pints are filled with banana ice cream, caramel and cookie swirls and chocolatey peace signs. A portion of the proceeds from each pint will be donated to Jamaica’s One Love Youth Camp, an organization run by The Bob Marley Foundation and Partners for Youth Empowerment. The ice cream company is no newcomer to promoting social causes. Other flavors with a cause include “Empower Mint” for democracy, “Phish Food” for clean waterways, and “One Sweet World” for more inclusive communities. “One Love” was released last year in the U.K. and was successful enough to get the green light to head to the U.S. in time for summer…