summer ingredients

#Trending Now: Watermelon!

You know it’s officially summer when one of Yahoo‘s trending topics is watermelon. Users are making all kinds of watermelon-related searches, from salad and margarita recipes to nutrition facts and preparation tips. So whether you’re buying a whole 15-lb melon or just a small wedge, here are some ideas that capture the essence of summer:
 

Watermelon Cups with Feta and Mint make an adorable appetizer or party starter

 
 

One way to upgrade your Mini Fruit Kebabs: grill ‘em!

 
 

Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho with Shrimp provides a sweet and fresh twist on this traditional summer soup

 
 

We can’t forget about cocktail time! Our Melon Patch is sweet and refreshing, with a hint of rosemary

 
 
 

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What is Skyr?

Now that the Greek yogurt bandwagon is overflowing with foodies, fitness junkies and just about everyone else, we’ve decided to try a ride on a new train: the skyr train. Never heard of skyr? Neither had we.

 

Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland, and what differentiates it from traditional yogurt is not only what it’s made of but also how it’s made. To make skyr, skim milk is incubated with live active cultures. Then, the whey, or natural water found in milk, is completely strained out, yielding an incredibly thick yogurt. To make one cup of skyr, you need 3-4 times the amount of milk as you would to make a regular cup of yogurt. If you can believe it, skyr is even thicker than Greek yogurt!

 

Where can you find such a luscious cup of skyr, you ask? At your local grocery store, in the form of siggi’s, a New York-based yogurt company that was launched in 2004 due to one man’s homesickness for a childhood staple snack.

 

Photo courtesy of siggi’s

 
Besides being high in protein, low in sugar and downright delicious, siggi’s is becoming one of our new favorite yogurts because of their unique flavors and dedication to simplicity. At the beginning of May, siggi’s introduced their newest flavor, Strawberry & Basil. Perfect for spring, this flavor represents two things we love about the warm weather: sun-sweet berries and intoxicatingly fresh-smelling herbs. The berries and basil are blended gently with plain skyr, and each flavor is poignant enough without being overpowering. Great on its own, the yogurt also pairs perfectly with almond granola or a sprinkling of flax or chia seeds.

 

Photo courtesy of siggi’s

 
Just like us, siggi’s is dedicated to green living, healthy tips and DIY crafts. They have purposely created a label that is easy to pull off so you can recycle or reuse each yogurt cup once you have devoured its contents. After enjoying our siggi’s breakfast, we thought, what better way to recycle our strawberry & basil yogurt cup than to plant some basil leaves in it? Talk about full circle.

 

 

 

You can find siggi’s in grocery stores across the country, but be sure to grab a strawberry & basil while you can! It will only be available at Whole Foods through August 2014.

 

 

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Meatless Monday: A Souper Summer

Usually we think of soup as being warm and comforting, and perfect for a cold winter night. But summer produce has its place in the soup world, too! And there’s no better way to use the last of your farmer’s market goodies than in chilled soups. These meatless bowls of flavor and nutrients are the perfect pick-me-up during the week day, or great for a light lunch during a busy weekend. Make a batch on Sunday, eat for lunch on Meatless Monday, and savor the rest throughout the week. They’re one pot wonders you won’t want to miss out on! Here are some of our favorites:

Chilled Leek and Yellow Squash Soup

Corn Avocado Soup with Cheesy Toasts

Hot or Cold Carrot Soup

Chilled Asparagus Soup

We hope you have a souper Monday!

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