4 Refreshing Cocktails to Enjoy All Summer

Green Tea Cooler

With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer, we thought we would share a few of our favorite summer time cocktails.  Cool off by the pool with one of these refreshing drinks this summer and let us know which one is your favorite.

 

Brassica Green Tea Cooler Green Tea Cooler

This refreshing apple-pineapple-mango cooler is made with fresh juices and is perfect on any hot summer day.  The mango sorbet is the key to the this great drink.  Serve in a chilled glass with a fresh fruit garnish.

Ingredients:

1 fresh pineapple – peeled, cored and cut into 1 inch chunks

2 large green apples, washed and sliced

1 1/4 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger

1 cup brewed Brassica Green Tea with SGS

1  cup mango sorbet

Directions:

Juice the pineapple, apples and ginger in a juicer or blender.  Mix the juice with the chilled Brassica Green Tea with SGS, and stir in the mango sorbet.  Enjoy!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/green-tea-zest/

 

Vanilla Lemonade

This drinVanilla Lemonadek packs a real lemon kick with a great vanilla taste and aroma.  Serve over ice with a lemon wedge garnish and you’re ready to relax and enjoy some summer sun.

Ingredients:

4 lemons

3/4 cup white sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 cups cold water

 

Directions:

Cut the lemons in half and scoop the pulp into a blender. Add half of the lemon peel along with the sugar, vanilla extract, and two cups cold water.  Blend until smooth, then strain into a serving pitcher and stir in the remaining cold water.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Plantation-Style-Vanilla-Lemonade

 

Brassica Black Tea Lemonade 

Ingredients:

5 cups water

1/4 cup white sugar

4 Brassica Black Tea with SGS tea bags

1 12 ounce can frozen lemonade

5 cups cold water

Directions:

Bring 5 cups of water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan, then remove from the heat and add the tea bags.  Allow tea to steep while you mix the lemonade concentrate with the additional 5 cups of cold water in a large pitcher.  Pour the tea mixture into the lemonade and discard the tea bags.  Stir and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/black-tea-lemonade/

 

Refreshing Watermelon Cocktail

Blended watermelon, agave nectar and tequila make for a deliciously refreshing cocktail that is sure to please at your next summer BBQ.

Ingredients:Watermelon Refresher

10 cups diced seedless watermelon

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup agave nectar

1 1/2 cups silver tequila

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 sprig mint leaves, for garnish

Directions:

Blend the watermelon in a blender until smooth, pour into a large pitcher.  Stir the water and agave nectar together in a small bowl and add to the watermelon.  Finally stir in the tequila and blueberries.  Garnish with mint prior to serving.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/watermelon-refresher/

 

 

5 Healthy & Tasty Spring Salads

broc-salad

With Spring finally upon us, it’s time to start thinking about all the great fresh produce that will soon be available in the supermarket and at your local farmers markets.  We thought that this would be a great time to share some of our favorite healthy and delicious spring time salads.

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Maximizing Broccoli’s Cancer-FIghting Potential – The Almagest article

“John Juvik and colleagues explain that diet is one of the most important factors influencing a person’s chances of developing cancer. One of the most helpful food families includes cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale and cabbage. In fact, eating broccoli regularly has been linked to lower rates of prostate, colon, breast, lung and skin cancers. In that super food, glucosinolates (GSs) and the substances that are left when GSs are broken down can boost the levels of a broccoli enzyme that helps rid the body of carcinogens. One way to increase GSs is to spray a plant hormone called methyl jasmonate on broccoli. This natural hormone protects the plants against pests. Juvik’s team wanted to determine which GSs and their products actually boost the enzyme levels when broccoli is treated.”

Read the full article at The Almagest

22 recipes for broccoli for superfood meals – treehugger.com

Broccoli, everyone’s favorite miniature trees, is a serious superfood. If you haven’t yet discovered the deliciousness that is broccoli, or are looking for more ways to incorporate this healthy veggie into more dishes, here is your inspiration!

 Broccoli isn’t called a superfood for nothing. This amazing vegetable is full of vitamin C and vitamin A, (two big sources of antioxidants that fight heart disease, cataracts and cancers), calcium (which helps with high blood pressure), folic acid, and both soluble and insoluble fiber

For the complete article and recipes please click here to go to treehugger.com

Glucoraphanin from broccoli is similar to DHA: We’re educating the market that not all broccoli extracts are equal, says BPP By Stephen DANIELLS, 30-Jul-2013

Building consumer and market understanding of the benefits of glucoraphanin from broccoli is a lot like the DHA story, says leading broccoli extract supplier Brassica Protection Products (BPP), as it takes the ‘important step’ of self-affirming the GRAS status of its SGS ingredient.  

From NutraIngredients-usa.com-by Stephen Daniells-July 30 2013.  Click here to read the full article.