All about grapes
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Why grapes are good for kids:

Grapes are an excellent source of energy for kids because they are rich in natural sugars (glucose and fructose). They are also full of water, carrying, vitamins C and B, as well as plenty of minerals. With their high water and potassium content, grapes help remove toxins from the body through better urine flow, which make them a great ally for our kids' kidneys. 

When and where to find grapes:

Grapes are synonymous with Fall with the prime season spanning from August to November. Different regions produce different varieties of grapes. No surprise, California is one of the main sources of grapes in the United States but other major grape-growing regions include  Washington, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

How to choose the best grapes:

For the freshest and juiciest grapes, look for grapes that are firm and plump. The stem should be flexible (not brittle).

Grape ideas: 

- Frozen treat: Pop a few grapes in your freezer for a few hours for a nice frozen treat.

- Savory snack: Serve grapes for happy hours by rolling them into goat cheese and layering some nuts. 

Did you know...

 Salicylate, which is naturally present in grapes, is one of the main chemical components of aspirin. So, if you are allergic to aspirin, ask your doctor how grapes consumption might affect you.

Grapes and flax seeds face mask

This mask was inspired by Lush’s Cosmetic Warrior face mask, which uses grapes for their ability to moisturize and thoroughly cleanse skin. The glycerin and honey help prevent dry skin and give it a nice glow.

Mix:

Makes 2 face masks:

  • 7 grapes
  • Glycerin (½ teaspoon
  • Flax seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Honey (½ teaspoon)

Combine all the ingredients in the blender and let rest for a few minutes for the flax seeds to expand.

Apply:

After combining the ingredients, apply the mixture to your face for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a towel. Your face will be sof and refreshed!

White chocolate grapes

Grapes are a September favorite! And it does not get easier than dipping your green grapes into white chocolate for a yummy snack to carry around. You can make this snack in a matter of minutes. Make the night before school and let it rest overnight. Just add it to your lunch box in the morning for a nice little treat.

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Ingredients:

  • Grapes
  • White chocolate

Accessories:

Small pan, parchment paper

Make it:

Melt the white chocolate on low heat for a couple minutes. After rinsing the grapes, just cover them (partially or totally) in white chocolate. Now just let rest in the fridge for a couple of hours or more. Enjoy!

Brown sugar peach scrub

Peaches are a natural moisturizer. To prepare this very easy scrub, use your ripe or bruised peaches and combine brown sugar to smooth out the skin for beach ready legs.

MIX:

  • 1 ripe peach (no need to peel it)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Cut the peaches in small dice. Mash the peaches into a small bowl. Mix in the olive oil and brown sugar.

APPLY:

Apply the scrub to your legs and massage gently in circular motions. Let sit for a minute and rinse off in the shower or the bath.

Peach perfect cookies

The cinnamon sugar sprinkle enhances the soft peach flavor for a satisfying summer treat.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Peaches (3)
  • Eggs (2)
  • All purpose flour (2 cups)
  • Vanilla yogurt non-fat, low-fat or full-fat (1/3 cup)
  • Butter at room temperature (3/8 cup)
  • Sugar (1/4 cup + 1/4 cup for sprinkling)
  • Baking powder (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Salt (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Nutmeg (1/4 teaspoon)

ACCESSORIES:

1 cookie sheet, 1 large mixing bowl, 1 small mixing bowl, 1 whisk, 1 fork, 1 tablespoon, measuring teaspoon.

MAKE IT:

STEPS KID-FRIENDLY
1Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.Grease the baking sheet.
2Wash and cut the 3 peaches.Wash the peaches.
3In the bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, nutmeg, and baking powder.Whisk all the dry ingredients.
4Work in the butter using your fingers or a fork.Work in the butter using your fingers or a fork.
5Add the eggs and yogurt. Stir.Add the eggs and yogurt. Stir.
6Add the peaches, stirring until everything is combined.Add the peaches, stirring until everything is combined.
7Scoop the dough onto the cookie sheet using a tablespoon. Each cookie should be about 2 tablespoons and be 1 inch apart.Scoop the dough onto the baking sheet.
8In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and 1/4 cup of sugar.In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and 1/4 cup of sugar.
9Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar onto the cookies.Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar onto the cookies.
10Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until they are golden brown.
11Let cool for a few minutes and serve!
All about peaches

Why peaches are good for kids:

Peaches are a good source of fiber, vitamins A, C and E and antioxidants. Like prunes, peaches can help with constipation. The beta-carotene contained in peaches is great for eye-sight, nourishing and protecting the retinas.

 When and where to find peaches:

Peaches peak in July-August but are available from May to September. Peach trees like sunlight, which is why most peaches com from California, Georgia and South Carolina. In fact, Georgia is often called the Peach State and you can find many street named after the fruit in Atlanta.

 How to choose the best peaches:

Look for peaches with deep yellow or creamy background. They should have a nice aroma when you smell them . Contrary to popular belief, red tones are not an indication of ripeness. The flesh should be slightly soft when pressed. 
 

Serving tip:

To peel a peach, place the peach in boiling water for 20 seconds. Take it out of the water using a slotted spoon and plunge it into cold water. The skin should come right off. 

To pit the peach, slice around the peach and twist the two halves apart.  Remove the pit.

More peach ideas:

Marshmallow Peaches: Cut peaches in half and replace the pit with a marshmallow in each half, sprinkle with a little sugar and grill until lightly browned. 

Peach Melba: Serve your peaches with ice cream and a raspberry sauce.

Peach slasa: Mash pieces of peaches and add to a salsa to add a little sweetness and remove the tanginess. 

 

Cantaloupe crepe cake

Cantaloupes are everywhere this summer and, while delicious by themselves, thay are also an unexpected healthy addition to classic desserts.

This homemade cantaloupe jam pairs great crepes. For a twist on traditional crepes, make several crepes at once and mount them into a cake with layers of the nutritious cantaloupe jam.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Cantaloupe (1 full cantaloupe)
  • Honey (drizzle)
  • Flour (2 cups)
  • Eggs (4)
  • Milk (2 cups)
  • Butter (1 tablespoon)
  • Salt (one pinch)

ACCESSORIES:

One frying pan, one mixing bowl, one sauce pan, one spatula, one omelette turner, one hand blender.

MAKE IT:

 

STEPS KID-FRIENDLY
1Make the crepe dough: mix the flour, eggs, milk, butter and salt and let sit.Mix the flour, eggs, milk, buttr and salt.
2Heat a sauce pan with 2 tablespoons of water.
3Cut the cantaloupe in 1 inch cubes (removing the rind).
4Add the cantaloupe cubes to the sauce pan.Add the cantaloupe cubes to the sauce pan.
5Stir for 8 minutes on medium heat or until the cantaloupe softens.
6Blend with hand blender for one minute.Blend with hand blender for one minute.
7Add a drizzle of honey and remove the cataloupe jam from the heat.Add a drizzle of honey.
8Heat the frying pan and grease the surface.
9Pour the crepe dough to cover the entire surface of the frying pan with a very thin layer.
10Wait 1-2 minute until the bottom is golden and flip the crepe with the omelette turner.Flip the crepe.
11Wait 1 minute or until the other side becomes golden and set aside on a plate.
12Cover the entire surface of the cantaloupe jam.Cover the entire surface of the cantaloupe jam.
13Repeat, making 3 more crepes an layering them on top of each other with jam in between.
14The cake is ready to serve!
Cantaloupe avocado conditioner

Keep your dry locks deeply noursished with this rich cantaloupe and avocado conditioner. 

MIX:

  • 1/2 of a cantaloupe
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut butter

Cut the cantaloupe and the avocado in half. Chop into 1 inche pieces. Add the coconut oil and blend everything together.

APPLY:

Apply the conditioner on wet hair and let rest for 5 minutes. Rinse really well. You can store the remaining conditioner in a sealed container of ziplock for a couple of weeks in the fridge.

All about cantaloupes

Why cantaloupes are good for kids:

Cantaloupes are 90% water so they are a perfect sweet but refreshing snack to serve to your kids. With just one cup of cantaloupe, your children will get all of their daily needs of Vitamins A and C.

 When and where to find cantaloupes:

June to August is the best time to buy cantaloupes. Cantaloupes grown in hot and dry climates so, not surprisingly, California is a main producer in the United States. Most markets and grocery stores carry cantaloupes in the summer.

 How to choose the best cantaloupes:

Let the smell guide you. Pick up a beige looking cantaloupe (avoid ones that look too green) and hold it to your nose. You should get a sweet, slightly musky fragrance from a ripe cantaloupe. If your cantaloupe is not quite ripe yet, just let it sit at room temperature for a couple of days.

 Serving tip:

In France, it’s very common to serve cantaloupe with a thin slice of prosciutto for appetizer at a summer table.

Cantaloupe is also a great fruit to end the meal. Just cut slices of cantaloupe and eat the fruit as you would eat corn on the cob or run a knife just above the rind, diving the flesh into chunks for less messy results.

Just like watermelon, cantaloupe can serve as a bowl for a fruit salad. Carve the flesh and use a small ice cream scoop to form little balls. Add berries and you get a vibrant fruit salad.

Strawberry cocoa lip balm

This easy and delicious stawberry lip balm smells as sweet as it tastes and will keep your lips moisturized.

Strawberry lip balm

Mix:

Grate the strawberry into a low heat pan and add one tablespoon of cocoa butter. Stir for 3 minutes. Pour into a small container (we used Beuaticom small jars). Store in the fridge.

Apply:

Dab a little of the strawberry cocoa butter on your lips to moisturize them. Place the jar back in the fridge to keep for a week.