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Strawberry oatmeal muffins

This time of year, I just can’t get enough fruit. I like eating it fresh most of all, but I also find it impossible to pass on delicious, fruity baked goods. Last week, I came across a killer deal on strawberries at the market, so I was inspired to use some of my stash to make this super summery strawberry muffin recipe. These strawberry oatmeal muffins have tons of texture thanks to the quick-cook oatmeal. And the brown sugar gives just enough sweetness. You’ll love these for breakfast, brunch, or an anytime snack. Since strawberries can sink to the bottom of batter, coating them in flour first will help them float throughout. It also helps distribute their moisture throughout the muffin leaving you with something tender and tasty. Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins Ingredients 1 cup quick-cooking oats, uncooked 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1 cup Greek yogurt 1/3 cup vegetable oil…

Limited edition summer doughnuts are dropping at Krispy Kreme

When you think of summertime, you probably think of fresh fruit, grilled hot dogs, and ice cream, but doughnuts? Krispy Kreme is about to drop a new lime of refreshing summer flavors that will put them back on your warm weather radar. Summertime’s most popular fruit flavors are coming to Krispy Kreme shops this month. Starting May 6, fans can score seasonal doughnut offerings including Key Lime Kreme, Pineapple, and Strawberry. All are whimsically and brightly decorated to make them look like their delicious namesake fruit. Key Lime Kreme comes filled with an unmistakeable creamy, citrusy center. Strawberry is reminiscent of a classic jelly-filled doughnut. And Pineapple has a slightly sweetened, chunky pineapple filling. Make a splash and bring this Instagram-worthy dessert to your start-of-summer backyard barbecue or pool party. But don’t wait. Krispy Kreme’s summer doughnuts will only be available through June 16. Also see, National Doughnut Day has history…

It’s not summer without strawberry, rhubarb pie

I wait all year to make certain pies, and this weekend it was finally strawberry rhubarb season. I “borrowed” some from my family, with the promise of returning it in pie form. In the world of sweets, we’re definitely a “pie family.” Cake just never hits the spot like a flaky pie crust bursting with summer fruit. This recipe is filled to the brim with juicy strawberries and tart rhubarb. It’s so simple, it will quickly become one of those recipes you can make from memory. And that’s how a simple summer pie should be — who wants fuss when there’s pies, pools, and picnics to attend. Feel free to use your favorite homemade pie crust, or pick up one from the store. And make sure you make this pie soon. Before you know it, rhubarb season will be over, and you’ll have to wait another year! Strawberry Rhubarb pie Serves 8 Ingredients 2…

Strawberries top list of produce with most pesticides, avocados have the least

If you pass on the organic produce in order to save a few bucks, perhaps you should at least consider the organic strawberries, new research suggests. For the third year in a row, strawberries rank the worst on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of fruits and vegetables. The annual list looks at which of our grocery store produce is harboring the highest number of harmful pesticide residues. This year, more than 98 percent of samples of fruits like strawberries, peaches, cherries and apples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue on the skin. About a third of all strawberry samples had at least 10 pesticides present, the study reported. One sample had an “astounding” 22 pesticide residues. Behind strawberries on the Dirty Dozen list landed spinach. About 97 percent of spinach samples showed pesticide residues were present. Nectarines, apples and grapes rounded out the top five. The report is based…

Mellow yellow squash, apple, strawberry, turmeric juice

For some reason, it never occurred to me to juice squash. But as I scrambled for veggies to fill my juicer this morning — and saw my limited selection — I considered how delicious squash juice actually might be. I rinsed it off and tossed it down the juicing chute, and in seconds I was sampling the sweet, subtle flavor of squash juice. Squash is loaded with vitamin A, which is great for eye health and immunity. The vitamin C is great for faster healing and keeping skin firm and youthful. And the potassium helps muscles, blood pressure and aids in stroke prevention. Potassium is also an electrolyte, so it helps to maintain the balance of fluid in the body like a sports drink. Of course, these aren’t the only nutrients found in squash. They have many other essential and non-essential nutrients, but it’s just a glimpse of how, juicing squash can be a great nutrient boost to…

8 Vegan-friendly Starbucks beverages for summer

Being vegan used to mean hauling around a purse full of food or only eating prepared meals at home. Today, it has become a whole lot easier with special menus, or at least a “V” symbol next to animal-friendly options, can have vegans dining along side any other diet or lifestyle in most urban restaurants across America. Starbucks, too, has come a long way. (Remember when crushed beetles were used as red food coloring in the Strawberry Frappuccino? Thankfully, that’s over.) While the company could do more, there are at least a handful of delicious options for vegans looking for a summertime sugar or caffeine fix at the beloved coffee giant. Caramel Frappuccino A few substitutions can make the iconic caramel frap vegan-friendly. Substitute the dairy, go “no-whip” and ask to omit the caramel drizzle as well. Unfortunately, the drizzle is made with 3 different dairy products. https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7jF0qj1JH/?tagged=veganstarbucks Strawberry Smoothie This cold, creamy…

Mixed Berry Pretzel Salad: Recipe & Video

Some party foods are just too good to only be served at friends’ summer social affairs. In the Northeast, a strawberry pretzel salad shows up nearly at every party once the weather gets warm. It’s total disappointment to attend a block party or picnic and not see the fruity, layered dish on the table. But why should we wait to have this delicious sweet and salty dessert? If you never had this summer staple, you’re in for a sweet textural surprise. The crunchy pretzels along with the creamy filling, cool Jell-O and crisp fruit are highly craveable, and making it at home means you can customize with fruit of your choice. Use local berries if you can, and pack it full of fruit — It may be called “salad,” but there’s nothing healthy about it unless you can squeeze in a few servings of fruit. Try any fruit, really. It can be made it with peaches and…

Asparagus Tart with Strawberry Salsa

With any luck, in just a few weeks, you’ll have more asparagus than you know what to do with. Enter: Asparagus Tart. This recipe will use up as much asparagus as you want it to. Squeeze the stalks close together, and line them around the outside. It’s just one way you can customize this spring inspired dish. Don’t like goat cheese? Try ricotta, gruyere or cottage cheese. Vegan? Use vegan versions of your favorite cheeses. Make more salsa or eliminate the balsamic. Whatever you do, it’s going to taste great — When you’re dealing with ingredients like these, you really can’t go wrong. This tart will be your go-to for get-togethers, breakfast, appetizers and brunches. Tip: Make this dish for Mother’s Day breakfast in bed or brunch. Mothers loooove brunch. Asparagus Tart with Strawberry Salsa Serves: 4-6 ; Total time: 35-40 minutes  Tart Ingredients: 1 sheet puff pastry (frozen or homemade) 6-8 ounces goat…