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Monday, September 24, 2012

Mom's Oven --- Tropical Fruits Drink


We are blessed to have so much fruits in our garden.  Since we can’t consume everything, we don’t want to waste anything also. That’s why, we share them with our relatives, friends,  and even our parish priest.  Sharing is a free gift from God embedded in our hearts.  God is generous to us, so we need to give His generosity back to others.   



 CANTELOUPE PLANTS


Newly Harvested Canteloupes


RIPE CANTELOUPES
Another member of the Cucurbitaceae family that provides *a wide variety of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.  It is an excellent source of Vitamins C and A because it contains more beta-carotene.  It is also a very good source of potassium, and a good source of B vitamins (B1, B3, B6, and folate), as well as,  Vitamin K, magnesium, and fiber.




 

HONEYDEW PLANTS


Newly Harvested Honeydews

  
RIPE HONEYDEWS
Another member of the Cucurbitaceae family that provides *vitamins and minerals like, potassium which helps prevent heart diseases and an increase in blood pressure; Vitamin C which is necessary to boost your immune system; copper which maintains healthy skin; thiamine, niacin, and B vitamins which help reduce the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.


I had one honeydew harvested, but it turned out it wasn't ripe yet.  It wasn't wasted because I made a recipe using this unripe honeydew  and it turned out to be so delicious --  Creamy Chicken with Honeydew.


WATERMELON PLANTS


Newly Harvested Watermelons


RIPE WATERMELONS
Like the cantaloupe and honeydew, watermelon provides *anti-oxidant-supportive beta-carotene and anti-inflammatory benefits for the body in which the primary nutrient is lycopene that inhibits the inflammatory process.  It is also an excellent source of immune-supportive Vitamin C and free-radical-scavenging Vitamin A,  heart-healthy potassium and magnesium, and small amount of iron, zinc, protein and fiber.



Please see about planting other vegetables and trees - The Garden (2012) and The Garden (2013).



TROPICAL FRUITS DRINK
One of better ways to give yourself something a special treat for the day whether you are at indoors or outdoors is to have a nice, cold, natural drink in front of you. This tropical drink is all natural, simple concoction of  sweet, delicious, and nutritious fruits of cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon mixed together.  Made to provide healthy benefits your body needs to boost your immune system whether you are resting or being active during the day. No artificial flavors needed to give you the sweetness you like to enhance your stamina and hydrate your body after a day’s exercise or a hard day’s work.  Enjoy this tropical fruits drink and relax to lessen your stress.

Ingredients:
¼ whole cut           small cantaloupe
¼ whole cut           small honeydew
3 round thick cut   watermelon
1 tsp                       almond extract
1/8 c                       honey
                               ice cubes

Preparation Time:  30 minutes

Instructions:

1. Before cutting, wash thoroughly the fruits thoroughly with a fruit and vegetable wash and rinse well.  Cut a quarter of each  cantaloupe and honeydew and remove the seeds. Slice them, cut into chunks and set them aside on a plate.

2. Make 3 round thick cut of watermelon and slice them into chunks also.  Remove the seeds and set them aside on a plate.

3. Set the touch pad control in low and pulse settings only.  Shred the cantaloupe and honeydew first in a 10-cup food processor  and followed by watermelon. 

4. Pour out all the contents of the work bowl into a large pitcher or juice container.  Mix with honey and almond extract. Stir well.  

5. Measure out 1 cup of the mixture, pour on glass and add ice cubes as many as you desire. 

Servings:  approximately 5 glasses (1 cup per serving)



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