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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
A Year of Healthful Blogging.Cherry-Blueberry Crumble.Announcing the event ,Health Nut Challenge
Oozing with healthful recipes Health Nut completes a year this month.My mission here was to get the message of out about nature's best foods that heal,encourage more variety in diet ,look for alternatives for food intolerance or restricted diets.So far so good,I see this a beginning to my life long commitment to a take care of a gifted good health.I must thank all my visitors for the encouragement and the thoughtful awards that keeps me going.
The Cherry Blueberry Crumble seemed to be a perfect dessert to celebrate the first blogiversary of Health Nut.
Adapted from a an inspiring Baker,Deeba@PassionateAboutBaking,this simple dessert is the best way to enjoy the berrilicious season.
Recipe :Cherry Blueberry Crumble
for 6 medium ramekins or an 8X8 inches baking dish
3 cups(about 1 pound) blueberries
2 cups(about 3/4 pound) cherries,pitted and halved
2 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar or 2 teaspoon agave nectar
1 tablespoon brown sugar or 2 teaspoon Agave nectar
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup whole rolled oats
2 tablespoon butter, cold ,cut in cubes
Preheat oven to 375F.
Combine the flour,sugar and fruits in a large mixing bowl.Transfer them in to the baking dish or individual ramekins.
Prepare the topping by combining the flour,sugar and oats.Cut the butter in to the mixture using a fork.Now Sprinkle this mixture over the fruit mixture ,about a tablespoon on each of the ramekins,press gently.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until the crust is lightly brown and the fruit is tender and juices are bubbly and oozy .Serve warm with a dollop of low-fat ice cream .
Health Nut Challenge
I would love to go a step further with my purpose here ,by a food event that encourages healthy eating and cooking with variety of foods.Health Nut Challenge calls all the cooking enthusiasts to participate in this exciting event and share their creative recipes.To begin with,the first challenge is to cook a "Well Balanced 3 course meal".
What's a Well-Balanced Meal?
A healthy meal prepared with wide variety of different foods from five main food groups.A Well-balanced diet helps in optimal growth,development and maintenance of our bodies.
The five main food groups include :
Carbohydrates or grain group -Includes food from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain.Choose whole grains over the refined grains.
Proteins or Meat&Beans Group -All foods made from meat, poultry, fish, dry beans or peas, eggs, nuts, and seeds are considered part of this group. Trim excess fat from meats and choose healthier cooking methods like baking or grilling over deep frying.
Dairy Group - Milk ,yogurt and cheese should be fat-free or low-fat.Look for alternative sources of calcium if lactose-intolerant.
Fruit and vegetables Group - We need at least 5 serving of these every day.Eat more variety.
Fats and Oils Group -Vegetable oils contain essential fatty acids unlike the saturated fats like butter or shortening or margarine. See the chart of limitations of fats with age and sex.
Read here more information on Food pyramid and steps of healthy eating.
Rules and Guidelines
Vegan,Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian all entries are acceptable in the Challenge as long as the meal adheres to the rules and guidelines below :
1.Prepare a totally satisfying well-balanced three course meal,keep it simple and combine your favorite foods which your family would love to eat.
First Course Appetizer or Soup or Salad:Use good amount of fresh vegetables.Can also include lentils\legumes or Tofu or low fat\lean meat* or seafood
See some of the soups and salads posted on Health Nut.
Second course Main Entree: Whole Grains are added bonus with Lentils\Legumes or Tofu or low-fat\Lean meat* or Seafood.Don't forget to add spices and herbs.
some of my recipes to get the idea :
Black Eyed Peas Sprouts Pasta,Soba Noodles tofu Vegetable Stir fry,Carribean Kabobs with Beans and rice,Green Mung Khichdi with Sesame Chutney,Harissa Chicken with Freekah\Couscous\Bulgur wheat & Greens,whole Grain Parathas with Dal Makhani,Hachapuri with Olives Mung Stew.
Third Course Simple Dessert or Pudding or Smoothie :The fruitier the better,use as many fruits and nuts as you can.And keep the sugar in moderation and saturated fat butter\Shortening\Ghee to the minimum.
Honey glazed Plums\Peaches,Dark Chocolate Strawberries,Beet Cheese Treats,Almond Stuffed Dates,Easy Carrot Pudding,Saffron Orange Basundi,Avocado Mango Cream,Flax Berry Smoothie.
*Low-fat\Lean meat or poultry ,includes Lean beef,low-fat chicken ,goat,lamb or turkey.
2.Any number of entries are welcome .Use the logo and link back to this post .Mail me your entry with following details by September 20 2009 to email address YasmeenHealthnut[at]
**Your Name and blog\Website(if you have one)
**Recipe link(Non-bloggers include the complete recipe)
**A Picture of all the 3 courses together or 3 Separate pictures of each course.
** Old entries are allowed as long as reposted.
Not to worry about perfect presentation of food,focus on the nutrition.
Here is an example of a well-balanced 3 course meal.
Appetizer : Vegetable Cutlets Similar to the Fish vegetable cutlets,made with just vegetables(potatoes,peas,carrots and broccoli),hint of spices and herbs.
Main course: Edamame Almond Mint Brown rice Pilaf\Pulov similar to the Vegetable Pulov,in this entree I used brown rice ,Edamame(soybeans) ,mint and nuts.
Dessert : Tofu Berry pudding ,a blend of summer's best berries and silken tofu,a recipe inspired by Sunshinemom@Tongueticklers
3.In celebration of the first anniversary of the blog,I'm giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky entry.
Get thinking and Cooking Healthy! I'm excited to see what the creative foodies can dish up for this Challenge.
Current Health Nut Challenge - 7