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As the lady of the house, you are in charge of your family’s diet. From forming healthy dietary habits that your children will hopefully follow for life to ensuring a healthy and vital old age for yourself and your husband, this is your realm.

And when you do a good job, not only is your family healthy and look and feel great, but you absolutely shine!

10 extremely healthy foods with very easy recipes adapted from NYTimes.com

  1. Beetsbest from July through October Grated Raw Beet Salad
  2. Cabbagepeak season from late fall through winter Jamaican Steamed Cabbage
  3. Swiss Chardbest from June through August Sautéed Swiss Chard
  4. Cinnamonreadily available year round Apple Chips
  5. Pomegranatein season from September through February. (how to seed a pomegranate) Pear and Pomegranate Salad
  6. Prunesbest from May through October Sweet Potato Gratin with Prunes
  7. Pumpkin Seedspumpkins are in season from September through March Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
  8. Turmericreadily available year round Spicy Potatoes and Scrambled Eggs
  9. Blueberriespeak season is summer Lemon Blueberry Cobbler
  10. Pumpkinin season from September through March Gingersnap Crumble Pumpkin Parfait
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Watermelon Granita

Recipe courtesy of homecooking.about.com

Ingredients

1/3 cup sugar (equivalent Splenda sugar substitute may be used)

1/3 cup water

4 pounds seedless watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 5 cups)

2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 Tablespoon grenadine or pomegranate juice, optional

6 thin watermelon wedges for garnish

Directions

Make a simple syrup by heating sugar and water over high heat, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Let cool.

Place half of the watermelon and half of the lime juice in a heavy-duty blender and process until smooth. Repeat with remaining watermelon and lime juice. Return all of the puree to the blender. Add simple syrup and grenadine. Pulse until combined.

Press puree through a coarse strainer, pushing through the solids. Pour into a 9×13-inch glass baking dish. Freeze, stirring and scraping with a fork every 30 minutes, until all of the liquid has frozen. This should take about 3 hours. May be held in the freezer up to 2 days.

Stir again before serving. Serve watermelon granita in margarita glasses or large wine goblets and garnish with the watermelon wedges.

Yield: about 6 servings


Alternate recipe without added sugar


POM Watermelon Granita

Recipe courtesy of www.pomwonderful.com

Ingredients

16 oz. POM Wonderful

5 cups watermelon, cubed (about 1/4 large watermelon)

Directions

For the granita, puree POM Wonderful and watermelon together in a blender.  Pour mixture into a freezer-safe Tupperware.  Choose something wide and flat that will freeze faster and be easy to scrape the surface.  Freeze overnight and scrape surface with a spoon to form flakes.  Spoon mixture into glasses and serve.

Yield: 4 servings


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