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Pros & Cons: Juicing vs. Blending

Having juices and smoothies for breakfast or right after gym is the most popular healthy lifestyle habit on the planet. Personally, I’ve only tried it occasionally as I’m the type of person who doesn’t consider a drink as being a meal 😉 On the other hand, I’ve always wondered about the difference between juices and smoothies – what’s the difference between a juicer and a blender and which one is the healthiest? What I found below says it all:

Juicing has gained popularity in recent years due to its amazing health benefits. Juicing is simply the process of extracting juices (and nutrients) from produce for easy consumption. By leaving behind pulp that is full of fiber, the body does not have to work as hard to digest the beverage.

Some prefer to drink a smoothie made in a blender, which contains all parts of the produce, including the fiber. And there certainly are benefits associated with that as well, such as creating a potentially better-tasting beverage that fills you up. There is room for both juicing and blending at the table; in this infographic we explore the pros and cons of each. Whichever one you choose, the combinations of produce you can use to create delicious juices and smoothies are endless. With the exception of tough root vegetables, almost any form of produce works well.

Scroll down this infographic to know everything!

Thoughts?

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Recipes 0 comments on Healthy And Refreshing Popsicles In 3 Simple Steps

Healthy And Refreshing Popsicles In 3 Simple Steps

I think it’s safe to say we can all feel global warming taking its toll on our planet. The past few days have been hotter than ever. I don’t remember ever having a similar heat wave in Lebanon except for one time only, a few years ago. The best thing we can all do is stay in air-conditioned spaces until we can soak our bodies in water all day long on Saturday. I suggest you also make these refreshingly delicious popsicles to go with your floating air mattress.

The recipe is composed solely of fruits and requires 3 small and simple steps. The only thing you need to “invest” in is a Popsicle mold, which can be found in big supermarkets.

Healthy and Refreshing Popsicle Recipe

What you’ll need (for 8 medium popsicles):

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  • 1/2 watermelon
  • 1 Plum, sliced
  • 1 Peach, sliced
  • 1 Kiwi, sliced

How to make it:

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  1. Crush the watermelon with a blender handle (or with a manual crusher if you don’t have one).
  2. Place the sliced fruits in the molds and pour the watermelon juice over a sifter on top.
  3. Cover with sticks and freeze for 2 hours (or overnight if you’re making them in advance).

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And that’s it! Three easy and simple steps to freshness! 🙂

Hoping temperatures will drop soon. Until then, stay cool.

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Parties & Happenings, Recipes 0 comments on 4 Summer Drinks To Make At Parties This Summer

4 Summer Drinks To Make At Parties This Summer

Summer parties are upon us and for those of us who love to host dinners, lunches and barbecues, having a bar corner is crucial. Since the weather is hot and one of our goals is to keep our guests refreshed, fruity drinks are the best option.

To inspire your next gathering menu, here are some drinks ideas for your bar corner!

1) The famous Aperol Spritz.

In 3 easy steps, you can have yourself an amazing refreshing drink that takes you straight to apperitivo time in Italy. Click here for a video of the recipe.

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2) A delicious grapefruit and rum fizz!

This is so refreshing and you can substitute the rum with vodka or gin if you prefer. Click here for the recipe.

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3) Bubbly white sangria.

To make your party more colorful and fruity, try this cooling white sangria. It’ll be so popular you’ll need two punch bowls of this drink! Click here for the recipe.

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4) Classic Red Sangria.

In my opinion, a white sangria is nothing without its red other half. This basic red sangria is a year-round drink you can make in no time and that almost everyone loves. You can find the recipe here.

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If you’re also wondering which drink to adopt on a specific night out, here’s an infographic that might help you: Are you thirsty?

Thoughts? Any drink you’d like to share?

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Food, Recipes 1 comment on Fruits in Season: Mulberries or ” Toot” Three-Ways

Fruits in Season: Mulberries or ” Toot” Three-Ways

I don’t really know why, but there’s something comforting about going to the market only to find fruits and vegetables that are newly in season. It must be because I’m a person who embraces change and who’s always ready to move on to the next step, refusing to sink into the same routine for too long. Little changes are thus welcomed, an example being cooking or baking with fresh fruits and vegetables.

One fruit in season this month is the Mulberry fruit or “Toot”. Mulberries are full of benefits. Packed with all kinds of vitamins and iron, they give your body energy and good health. They have the power to prevent a number of diseases and health problems, so next time you’re in the supermarket, don’t think twice and get that pack of mulberries. If you happen to live or work in Ashrafieh, you can also buy your mulberries from a man who gets them everyday from Tyre and sells them in front of Supermarket Ashrafieh.

Here are 3 ways to have mulberries:

1) As they are, or with yogurt as an afternoon snack.

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2) In your morning or afternoon smoothie. You can find a delicious Mulberry Smoothie recipe here.

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3) In you pancakes, replace the blueberries with mulberries. Refer to recipe #1 of this post.

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Any other ways to have mulberries? I’d love to hear!

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Recipes, Salad Series 1 comment on Strawberry Spring Salad Mix With Sweet and Sour Dressing

Strawberry Spring Salad Mix With Sweet and Sour Dressing

Spring is definitely here, which means it’s time for salads and freshness. For those who like a nice mix of fruits and vegetables in the same bowl, this recipe is pure satisfaction. You can have it on its own as a light dinner or coupled with any type of protein you prefer. Our favorite Chef Jean made it a few weeks ago and I can tell you it was healthy and delicious. The dressing is quite special as it contains loads of vitamins, healthy sugars and high levels of nutritious benefits that are all found in poppy seeds (also potentially an anti-cancer source). We love experimenting with different kinds of dressings and this one was one of the top ones in taste and benefits. Here’s the recipe of this zestful salad.

Colorful Strawberry Spring Salad Mix 

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What you’ll need:

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For the salad

  • Mix of greens (our choices: butter lettuce, rocket leaves, and lollo rosso)
  • 1.5 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced and peeled oranges
  • 1 large red onion, sliced thinly

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

How to make it:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the lettuce and onion slices, then decorate with the oranges and strawberries
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix all of the dressing ingredients and pour over the large bowl of salad

Serve and enjoy the mix of flavors and freshness!

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For other fresh salad ideas, click here.

What’s your favorite ingredient to put in your salad?

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Recipes, Sweet 0 comments on A Legendary Pain Perdu Recipe

A Legendary Pain Perdu Recipe

In Beirut, lots of restaurants offer pain perdu for dessert. I’ve tried lots of them and I can safely say my favorites are Couqley’s and Urbanista’s. Maybe because they’re the only ones who take me back to my souvenirs of pain perdu, which basically consist of me, as a child, sitting on a kitchen chair, looking at tons of bread being dipped in a milky mix and fried on a buttered pan. Pure happiness.

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Of course, I got my childhood pain perdu recipe and I now make it all the time. Today, I’m sharing it with you 🙂

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What you’ll need (for 8 slices): Preparation: 10 minutes – Cooking time: 15 minutes

– 8 thick slices of a loaf of brioche-like bread

– Cooking butter

– Maple syrup

– 2 eggs

– 1 glass of milk

– 3 tablespoons of powder sugar

How to make it:

1) In a bowl, beat the eggs well. Then add the milk and sugar

2) In a pan, melt the butter

3) One by one, dip the slices of bread in the egg mixture then cook in the pan until golden

4) Cover with maple syrup (optional – you can also serve it aside it) and serve. You can serve it with fresh red fruit or with ice cream.

Enjoy the sweetness 😉

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Fun Things From Around, Recipes 0 comments on Fruits & Vegetables in Season: Fall

Fruits & Vegetables in Season: Fall

Often, we write down the ingredients to a recipe we’re dying to cook, head to the supermarket and find out the vegetables or fruits we need are not actually in season. To make your life easier, I’ve done a bit of research and compiled a list of fruits and vegetables that are in season for fall. That way you know what to expect at the grocer’s! Along with some of them, I’ve linked back to some recipes I’ve made using said fruits and vegetables to inspire your meals this week. Enjoy!:)

Before I let you in on the best fruits and vegetables in-season during fall, here’s a list of some fruits and vegetables available all-year round:

Vegetables: Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Greens (Kale, Spinach, Lettuce, Watercress, Cabbage, etc.), Green Onions and Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Potatoes, and Radishes.

Fruits: Apples and Bananas

And now for your fall list:

Fall vegetables

 

Fall fruits

For recipe ideas:

– With Corn on the cob: Corn Side Salad

– With Eggplant: a nice Lebanese dish

– With Mushrooms: Baked Cheesy Mushrooms

– Using Chiles: BBQ-ed prawns with chili sauce