Fresh fruit and vegetables are key to a healthy diet. Regularly consuming fresh fruits and vegetables has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and kidney stones. Aside from the great health benefits, they taste absolutely fantastic. Learn more about what is fresh and when it’s in season below.
The best tomatoes can be found during the months of May and October and is one of the most diverse fruits. They can be eaten whole, sliced, diced, purreed and more! Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, K and potassium, so get ready to enjoy all of health benefits that come from this acidic and versatile fruit.
Strawberries are a sweet fruit that grow back every single year- as they are perennial plants. They contain tons of vitamin C and antioxidants to help boost your immune system and keep you looking fresh. Enjoy these in a jam, pie or with sugar and cream.
Enjoy the ripest oranges when most fruits are off season (December through March) fresh, in a marmalade or dried simply for the scent. To boost your immune system during cold and flu season, be sure to eat a lot of oranges. They are full of vitamin C and other great nutrients.
The best and sweetest cantaloupes can be found June through August. These have an incredibly long growing time, about 90 days, so it’s key to get these while they are perfectly in season. Cantaloupes are full of vitamin C, A and loaded with potassium.
As you may or may not know, humans share about 50% of DNA with bananas. Though bananas are not intelligent beings, they are full of fiber, so they will keep you full for a longer time. Bananas are unique in that they can be used as a substitute for eggs in baking.
Bell peppers come in a variety of colors and have delightfully specific flavors for each color. Bell peppers are commonly found in fajitas, stuffed or in a variety of casseroles.
A single lime has the power to change the flavor of any dish drastically. It is often used in fresh guacamole, but you can add it to nearly any dish. Though limes are 88% water, they contain a significant amount of vitamin C to help you boost your immune system.
Did you know spinach has a season? Find the best and freshest spinach from March to June. Spinach is rich in protein, calcium, iron and more! This super food is great for adding to any dish or consuming raw.
Cabbage, specifically purple cabbage, contains more vitamin C than any other color of cabbage. It is also fat free and cholesterol free. Enjoy cabbage in egg rolls, in a slaw or a stir-fry.
Blueberries can be found all year long and are a great addition to any dish needing a burst of sweetness. Blueberries are likely the most well known superfood, are low in calorie, and contain a ton of fiber.
Dare we say this ice cream is as delicious as the whole milk option? We think it just might pass the test. Try our milk alternative ice cream recipe for all your dairy-free friends.
Start by picking a non-dairy ice cream base. Here are some of the ones we have tried:
Note that different milks give different results. Take time to look through the fat content of each type, as ones with higher fat will make a creamier ice cream. In order to control the ice cream flavor best, we recommend getting an unsweetened and plain flavor.
Try our recipe for dairy-free chocolate ice cream!
3 cups unsweetened almond milk
6 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp xantham gum (optional)
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Heat a saucepan over medium heat and combine cocoa powder and half of your almost milk. Whisk consistently until combined. Then add remaining almond milk and bring it to a simmer (stir occasionally). Remove from heat after around 3 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, add your egg yolks and whisk them until they are light in color. Gradually add sugar while whisking frequently to emulsify the two. Look for a thick mixture that slowly falls from your whisk.
Scoop your warmed cocoa powder and milk mixture in a 1/3 cup and combine with your eggs. Whisk to combine. Add remaining liquid in slowly and gradually, then mix until they are all combined.
If you chose to get xantham gum, you can add it here and mix once more all together to help thicken your ice cream.
Then, add the vanilla extract and mix one final time. Cover your bowl and refrigerate for a minimum of 6-8 hours but preferably over night. Remove once completely cooled.
This is best added to a chilled ice cream container that you have pre-chilled overnight as well.
Serve as a soft serve if eaten quickly, or continue to chill in the freezer for 6-8 hours in a freezer safe container.
Tired of throwing out produce when it’s gone bad? We’ve got 10 tips and tricks to help revive your fruits and vegetables and be sure to give them new life.
Turn those nearly spoiled lemons into lemonade. As you notice your lemons beginning to over ripen, the best thing to do is squeeze them into a refreshing lemonade. Bring that citrus flavor back to life!
If your carrots are nearing the end of their shelf life, make them into carrot chips! Slice the carrots as thin as you can. Line a baking pan with some aluminum foil or parchment paper and add your carrot slices. Throw on your favorite spices, and cook them to your desired crunch level.
Forget to use all of your root vegetables? Throw them together for a delicious veggie filled roast. Take your carrots, beets, turnips and more and roast them to eat with any dish throughout the week. An easy and quick way to ensure you get the most of your veggies.
Asparagus going brown? Simply bake it! We promise with a little time and love it will be back to good and full of nutritious flavor.
Brown bananas? Freeze them and make some banana bread later! Avoid spending more money and buying a loaf when you have bruised bananas that will taste just as sweet as the fresh ones.
Are your berries close to expiring? Make the most of them by preparing your own homemade ice cream. Mix them with yogurt and have yourself a sweet treat much healthier than your other options.
Got a bad apple? Don’t throw it away! Cut out the obvious bruised pieces and clean the remainders well. Then throw them into an American classic, the favorite apple pie. You’ve got your pie… and can eat it too!
Green beans make for a great snack. When you notice they are starting to go bad, clean and cut them down to fit in a jar. Add in salt to taste and some water before leaving them in the fridge for a week or so. You’ve got yourself a good deed and a healthy snack!
Turn your cucumbers into pickles! Pull together your nearly spoiled cucumbers and add them into some jars. Make a mixture of salt and water and add it in. Keep an eye on them, and once you notice the salt and sugar have dissolved, add water and vinegar in even parts. Wait 24 hours minimum before enjoying your homemade pickles!
Don’t let your green and nutrient filled vegetables go to waste! Make sure those green leafy vegetables go to use by adding them to your smoothie mixture. Easy, and delicious!
These fruit sparklers are sure to be the star of your 4th of July festivities. They’re easy to make, and even easier to enjoy!
1 whole watermelon
16 oz fresh blueberries
Slice watermelon into 1 inch thick, vertical slices. Then use a small star shaped cookie cutter to make your shapes. This is possible to achieve from making a star out of a knife, which we wish you luck on this endeavor!
Add about 10 blueberries onto your skewers, and leave a bit of room at the bottom for room to hold.
Add your watermelon star to the top of the skewer and your fruit sparklers are ready to go. Cover and refrigerate for a later snack. Enjoy!
Creamy Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream sandwiched between two soft chocolate chip cookies with a touch of red, white and blue. The perfect treat for your patriotic celebrations.
What you’ll need:
Red Button Vintage Creamery Vanilla Bean ice cream
Chocolate chip cookies, homemade or bakery fresh
If making homemade cookies, make cookies according to recipe instructions and let cool completely. Once cookies are completely cooled place a scoop of ice cream on the cookie and sandwich between another cookie. Place sprinkles on small plate. Roll edges of ice cream into the sprinkles. Serve immediately.
For more tasty recipes with Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream click here.
Sweeten up your day with these delicious peanut butter bars.⠀
1/2 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 cup oats
Cream butter and sugars together. Add vanilla and peanut butter. Mix all dry ingredients together. Spread on greased jelly roll pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes (very lightly browned). Let cool for a few minutes, then spread with a thin layer of peanut butter (let the peanut butter melt before spreading). Frost with chocolate icing when cool.⠀
1/4 cup margarine (softened)
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp cocoa
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.