Guiltless Mango Mojito

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Football season is almost upon us, and everyone has been asking me for simple tailgating recipes and ideas. Have you tried Lo Fruit Beverage? It’s is a healthy swap for sugary beverages and diet drinks that was specifically created with diabetics in mind. Drink one on its own or mix it as a cocktail like in this Guiltless Mango Mojito. It’s the perfect beverage to serve at outdoor parties, tailgate parties, for Labor day or just while relaxing on a hot day!

LO Fruit Beverage is a great tasting low sugar, and low carb fruit beverage. One ten ounce serving of LO Fruit Beverage contains the same amount of calories (35 – 45), carbs (8 – 11 grams), and sugars (7 – 10 grams) as found in one whole fruit. It is also a certified low GI (glycemic index) product,  clinically tested by Glycemic Index Laboratories, kosher, vegan, and gluten free. LO Fruit Beverages are available at natural foods and specialty grocers across the U.S. such as Whole Foods, select Walgreen’s, H-E-B, and Rite Aid stores, and also online here.

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Mu Shu for Two Slow Cooker Recipe

Mu Shu for Two

I received a slow cooker for Christmas, and I still have not used it yet. My friend said it would only make my life easier so since school was starting, I thought it’s time to take it out of the box and give it a try. My publisher, Robert Rose, recently came out with this new cookbook Easy Everyday Slow Cooker Recipes by Donna Marie-Pye so I started here. I made this Mu Shu for Two recipe, but I doubled it so have enough for me and my three kids. They loved it, and I will definitely be making it again! There are 200 recipes in this book, and all of them have been created with convenience in mind (I need this so badly). Donna offers great slow cooker tips in her book. Here are just a few that helped me a lot!

1. Prepare what you can ahead of time.

2. Choose less tender cuts of meats and trim off the fat.

3. Brown meat and vegetables first.

4. Don’t overdo the liquid.

5. Use whole herbs and spices.

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Health Benefits of Plums

health benefits of plums

Did you know plums are incredibly super healthy? The health benefits of plums are truly endless from indigestion relief, flu fighting properties, and even relief in anxiety-related problems. The antioxidant power of plums can even help osteoporosis, macular degeneration, cancer, diabetes and obesity. They also help promote healthy levels of cholesterol, cardiovascular health, cognitive health, immune system strength, cellular health, electrolyte balance, the nervous system and aids in skin care and blood clotting. Need I say more? One of the unique things about plums is that there are so many varieties available. Did you know this picture (above) was of plums? I purchased these at a local famers market. I honestly didn’t know that over 2,000 varieties of plums exist, and over 100 are available in the United States alone. Check out some awesome looking plum recipes below.

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Plum Coolers via Martha Stewart

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Glazed Pork with Fresh Plums via Southern Living

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Grilled Plums via Diabetic Living