Summer is officially here and our diet choices naturally change to cooler foods. We set aside soups, casseroles, other baked goods and hearty comfort foods for the colder months. We embrace more fresh fruits, veggies, salads, herbs and ice or nice creams that are bursting with color, nutrients and scrumptious flavors. Summer is also the time we see and enjoy our favorite flowers. Some of you may not know that some flowers are edible and can be used to embellish a recipe. That is the vibe infused in my new vegan recipe book, Full Bloom, Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes for Your Summer Table.
The included 75 recipes use seasonal herbs, summer wildflowers and easy-to-find fresh and natural ingredients to create appetizing meals and beverages.
This delicious book was written so we could enjoy and experience the vibrant smells, tastes, and textures of nature’s appetizing buffet during the summer months. These recipes will inspire you to bring the beauty of the outdoors into your kitchen. Plus, you’ll get some wellness recipes and tips for pampering and relaxing your body and skin. Divided into four sections, you can enjoy yummy food any time of day.
The book starts you off with a lovely selection of morning recipes. I usually have a tasty smoothie every morning, but it would be a nice change to amp up the volume with different flavors and textures. First thing in the morning I have a large glass of lemon water, wait 30 minutes, then have another large glass of celery juice. For me, it’s perfect to follow my morning routine with the healing drink, the Detox Herb Juice. They are all great liver detoxers. You might just want to kickstart your morning with this drink. Other morning recipes you might enjoy are the Golden Glow Bircher Muesli with buckwheat flakes, dandelion flowers, and a bunch of other yummy ingredients. Or the Vanilla Lingonberry Pancakes, Lilac Cordial, Chocolate & Black Current Mousse Parfait, Breakfast Pizza, Forest Chai Latte or the Strawberries & Cream Crèpes to name a few.
Cacao Banana Pops
Chocolate-covered frozen bananas are a well-known treat amount health foodies. Be sure to try this version with a Choco-yogurt coating!
- Popsicle sticks
- 4 Ripe bananas
- 1 Cup Thick coconut yogurt or oat yogurt (9 oz/ 250 g)
- 4 Tbsp Raw cacao powder (½ oz/ 15g)
- 2 Tbsp Maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla powder
- Grated chocolate
- Coconut flakes
- Edible flowers
Peel the bananas and half them.
Pour the yogurt into a small bowland stirin the cacao power, maple syrup, and vanilla powder. Taste and add more maple syrup as needed.
Place a wooden stick in each banana and dip the bananas inot the yogurt mixture so they get a thick coating.
Sprinkle with the toppings of your choice.
Freeze for about 2 hours or until forzen. Enjoy!
All the recipes feature a full-color photo and an easy to follow instructions. I didn’t find any weird or difficult to find ingredients. But, there are some ingredients I do not agree with like xylitol. It’s dangerous and toxic to animals, so I won’t have it in my home. Why anyone would use this product is confusing and disappointing to me. I use dates, coconut sugar and maple syrup to add sweetness to recipes.
If you feel you need a little nature-inspired TLC, you may enjoy the Pampering Foot Soak, Honey Face Mask, or the Body Glow Oil. Summer is to be celebrated. You can’t go wrong incorporating or infusing natural wholesome foods with Mother Natures’ botanicals.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary products to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.