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Watermelon Marmalade

During summer watermelon is one of my favorite fruits.Cold, refreshing, full of water, it really makes me feel good.

But , there is a problem.

The size…

A normal watermelon is at about 12-16 kg.

And here in Greece we still buy one watermelon, not a slice like some of our good friends from other countries of Europe

Sometimes we cannot eat it.

3622_406825692686822_1489207512_nOne of these times i decided to prepare a marmalade. And the result was really good

You will need some hours to prepare it but it worth it.

start by cleaning the red part of the fruit from the seeds

Weight it and for every 1 kg of fruit add 300 grams sugar.

Let it stay for 1-2 hours ,so the water comes out.

Start boiling in high heat.

Boiling will take longer than usual jams because of the quantity of the water.

When you boil watermelon there is not a nice fruity smell coming out. It smells more like a boiled cucumber.

So, when the marmalade finally, after hours of boiling start to get thicker, add some rosewater to the mixture.

When the jam is thick seal it into hot sterilized jars.

You will have a wonderful marmalade for the winter

Watermelon marmalade has a deep red color, a crunchy feeling and because of the rosewater it smells awesome.

Try to make it and tell me your opinion.

I am sure you are going to love it

(The image of the jam is from  www.mrjuke.wordpress.com   and is prepared by me)

Summer in Greece. Eat light. Eat Greek Yoghurt

Greek summer is hot. Some times extremely hot.

Some times temperature rises up to 42 -45 C .

What can you eat with that heat?

The answer is Yoghurt.

Compine Greek yoghurt with fresh fruits , cereals,walnuts, add some honey, and you have a refreshing and very nutritional plate.

Or  you can try to add some shredded cucumber and fresh spearmint and eat it with fresh vegetables

You can also prepare your desserts and instead of heavy cream use a part of yoghurt

You can replace béchamel sauce  if you add some egg to the yoghurt and use it . Your food will take a unique flavor and taste, and at the same time it will be lighter in calories

What do you know about Greek Yoghurt?

Let’s see :

Rich, creamy and tart, Greek yogurt is a decadent dream for you if you often crave healthy snacks. This diva of dairy goods is gaining more and more popularity, as nutritionists and health experts around the world agree that snacking on Greek yogurt is an incredibly smart and gratifying choice. Here are five wonderful reasons why.

greek_yogurt_091. For Heart Health

The trouble with snacking is that a lot of the things you probably like to eat are high in fat and cholesterol–two things that can cause trouble for your heart, if you eat the wrong kinds.Greek yogurt takes the guesswork out of the equation; you will not be wondering if the fat and cholesterol in your snack are okay to eat. A 6 oz. serving of Greek yogurt contains 0 g of saturated fat and cholesterol. This means you can eat as much yogurt as you want, without putting your heart in any danger.

2. For Bone Health

Greek yogurt is made from a highly concentrated form of milk, so you’re actually getting more calcium per mouthful than you would if you drank a glass of fresh milk. The composition ofGreek yogurt averages at about 20 percent calcium, making it an effective bonestrengthener. This also makes it an ideal choice to get the extra calcium that you will need later in life.

3. For Weight Reduction

Greek yogurt can count itself among high satiety index foods. Many dietitians agree that foods with high satiety indices, such as tuna, bring about more gustatory satisfaction than others, pound for pound. This means that 6 ounces of Greek yogurt will make you feel fuller than 6 ounces of clear soup. Even if you eat exactly the same amount of each, Greek yogurtsimply feels more satisfying than soup, making you eat less of it in comparison.

4. For Muscle Accretion

If you are a bodybuilding buff, you will be glad to know that Greek yogurt is also 30 percent protein, making it a rich source of muscle-building material. Combined with its low-fat properties, this makes it a tasty, guilt-free treat for you.

greek_yogurt_with_fresh_berries5. For Tasty Food Combinations

Another thing that makes Greek yogurt great for snacking is that its flavor is flexible enough to allow for a wide variety of tasty and healthy toppings. If you are in the mood for something fruity, you can mix in your favorite berries with Greek yogurt for a zesty dessert. Breakfasts are both creamy and crunchy when you’ve got granola in your yogurt. If you’re looking for something simple to wind down with, a spoonful or two of honey makes Greek yogurt taste divine.

Not only do many foods taste good on Greek yogurt, but Greek yogurt also goes great on other foods. Try it out as a dressing on your next salad. Bring out your saucepan and dazzle your taste buds with Greek yogurt pasta sauce. Use it as a sauce for chicken, beef or fish. The world for experimentation is wide open with Greek yogurt. The only limit is your imagination.

 

So, when you visit Greece, remember to eat yoghurt not only during the extremely hot days of our country.

You will love it and probably when you return home  will continue eating it.

Greek Yoghurt can be found at more than 45 countries worldwide.

Have a good summer

 

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