it’s summer time!

2 Jan

hi everyone!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!

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Hope everyone had a fabulous new year celebration! I also want to wish you all the best journey ahead, may 2013 brings all of us something new and exciting!

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I, for a change and for the first time in my life, celebrated the old and new quietly. alone in Sydney. a bit sad really.

It’s summer in Australia and it’s been really hot- which is great as I spent most days of my holiday at the beach 🙂

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Another exciting thing for me in summer is summer fruits. Summer stone fruit!

I lovee my summer fruits- peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots. They are just perfect for snacking- easy to buy, easy to store, easy to eat. anytime anytime!

Australian summer stone fruits are also rich in vitamin A and C. On top of that, they are great source of dietary fibre and potassium.

As they are fruits, they contain virtually zero fat and sodium!

From the point of view of fighting the chronic disease, these fruits contain phytonutrients and antioxidants (vit C, carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin). Phytonutrients are compounds that occur in plant foods (naturally). Ongoing research has shown that phytonutrients have the potential in reducing chronic diseases risk.

Do you know? 

Summer stone fruits should be stored at room temperature, especially if you buy them before they ripe. The room temperature helps with the ripening process. Storing them in the refrigerator stops the ripening process therefore causing them to be dry and flavourless. Of course, if you buy them when they are ripe, you may keep them in the refrigerator.

Recipe ideas!

If you have a lot of spare time this season and feelin’ the burning creativity in the kitchen, why don’t you try these recipes below

for breakfast- Plum and Yoghurt Muesli Pots to make it healthier, use low-fat greek yoghurt instead

for easy and quick lunch- Peach and Ham Crispbread  don’t forget to opt for lean ham!

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for peckish afternoon snack- Nectarine Summer Icy Poles great for picnic too!

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for a rather posh dinner- Asian Summer Fish

to end the meal- Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ricotta

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I’m not suggesting for you to try all these recipes in 1 day- you’ll get sick of those fruits LOL

Spread it out, try one recipe each week and have some summer stone fruit fun!

 

 

References:

DAA Member Newsletter February 2012.

The Summerfruit Australia Industry website. http://www.summerfruit.com.au

All recipes and images from http://www.summerfruit.com.au/export/recipes/aspx

Image of stonefruits from http://www.21food.com/products/stone-fruits-358324.html

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