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Tips for a Healthy 4th of July Holiday and a Red, White and Blue Power Protein Smoothie Recipe

Celebrating a holiday doesn’t have to mean overindulging in sweets or giving up your healthy habits. Start your 4th of July off right with your normal workout and a powerful protein smoothie to give you lots of energy for the festive day ahead.

Tips for a Healthy 4th of July Holiday and a Red, White and Blue Power Protein Smoothie Recipe

By making time for your workout and protein smoothie in the morning, you get it out of the way before things get hectic; then the focus is on having a good time for the rest of the day. Another benefit of drinking your protein smoothie before that big cookout? Protein is filling, so you’ll be less tempted to go for huge portions at the dessert table.

Tips for a Healthy 4th of July Holiday and a Red, White and Blue Power Protein Smoothie Recipe

Keep the focus on a smart balance of food, activity and fun by getting active in the morning, snacking on something healthy before the party, and these other tips:

  • Take a look at what’s on the party buffet before you fill up your plate. Take a few things you want, none of what you don’t love, and be sure to balance things out with fruits and veggies.
  • Eat slowly and don’t stuff yourself. Summer cookouts and holidays usually mean food is around for snacking for hours on end, so just eat enough to feel comfortably full. There will always be more if you get hungry again.
  • Bring a healthy dish to the cookout, so you know you’ll always have something to eat that works within your personal dietary guidelines.


Red, White and Blue Power Protein Smoothie
SERVES: 3

See "Notes" for the method used in this single-serve blender.
Ingredients
1 cup cranberry-raspberry juice
1/2 cup (2 scoops) vanilla protein powder
1 1/2 cups (8 ounces) strawberries, hulled and halved
3/4 cup (4 ounces) blueberries
1 medium ripe banana, cut into large chunks
1 cup vanilla yogurt
15 ice cubes
Instructions
1. Place ingredients in blender jar in order listed.
2. Cover and blend on AUTO SMOOTHIE setting or PULSE a few times, then blend on HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds.
Notes
For a Single-Serve Blender, use 1/2 cup juice, 1/2 scoop protein powder, 1 cup strawberry halves, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 banana, 1/3 cup yogurt and 4 ice cubes.
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51132 single serve blender

Hamilton Beach® Single-Serve Blenders feature durable stainless steel blades that blend your favorite drinks, sauces or dressings in seconds. Use the travel cup to blend drinks to go anytime, or fill the whole jar with fresh ingredients for family and friends. Cleanup couldn’t be simpler — place the cup or blending jar right in the dishwasher.

 



 

How to Make Strawberry Jam in a Bread Machine

It seems to happen every summer. Whether you visit a berry farm or farmers market – or just have generous neighbors, you inevitably find yourself with a surplus of strawberries. Everyone enjoys strawberries fresh, but they only last for so long. Sooner or later, you have to use them or lose them, and no one wants to waste an in-season strawberry.

Read more about How to Clean and Store Berries.

How to Make Strawberry Jam in a Bread Machine

One of the best ways to preserve the succulent flavor of summer strawberries is to make jam. Stored in the fridge, you can enjoy strawberry jam for weeks, and in the freezer, up to a year. It’s a welcome a treat in the dead of winter, when you’ve been eating beef stew for days on end. So do yourself a favor, and preserve this slice of summer while you can.

How to Make Strawberry Jam in a Bread Machine

Strawberry jam, or strawberry preserves, can easily be made in a bread machine. Just add fresh strawberries, some sugar, pectin and lemon juice to a bread maker and start the machine on the jam cycle. After the automated cycle has completed, allow the jam to cool and transfer it to storage containers.

For fridge storage you can use glass jelly jars like the ones we used here, but don’t use them if you’re storing in the freezer. Frozen jam can expand and break glass jars, so look for plastic “freezer jars” or use plastic bags. When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen jam, just transfer it to the fridge and allow it to defrost overnight. Our recipe makes about six cups, so you’ll be stocked up for months to come.

How to Make Strawberry Jam in a Bread Machine


Bread Machine Strawberry Jam
YIELDS: 6 servings

This recipe uses a Hamilton Beach® bread machine and makes approximately 6 cups of jam.
Ingredients
6 cups strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 package (about 3 to 4 tablespoons) low or no-sugar needed pectin
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Instructions
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Pour into bread machine pan.
Using Cycle 9 Jam, start bread maker.
After cycle has finished, allow jam to cool about 1 hour before transferring to storage containers.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to a year.
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Breadmaker 101: The Basic Guide for Using a Bread Machine to Make Delicious Bread at Home - with a bonus recipe for White Wheat Bread! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachWhatever your taste preferences or dietary needs, you can satisfy them with Hamilton Beach® Bread Machines. Developed with nutrition in mind, they feature settings such as gluten-free and whole-grain so you can bake wholesome breads using a variety of flours.
Hamilton Beach® Bread Makers are easy to use. Carefully designed with you in mind, these machines include detailed manuals with easy-to-follow instructional drawings, custom recipes, and baking tips.

 



How to Clean and Store Berries - perfect for summer, now that berries are popping up at the farmers markets!

In season berries taste so much better than out-of-season berries, and this time of year the grocery stores, berry farms and farmers markets are teeming with them. We stock up on the red, blue and purple fruits, and then we realize we have no idea how to store them properly. What are we to do? How can we possibly eat this many berries before they all go bad? Today, we will teach you how to take fresh, ripe berries and store them properly so you can avoid those moldy disappointments and last-minute rushes to make as many cobblers and muffins as possible for your neighbors. You’ll be able to use your gorgeous berries in all kinds of fresh dishes and smoothies, and you will know exactly what to do next time the kids come home from a berry farm field trip.

The instructions we have provided for cleaning and storing your berries are for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and the like.

How to Clean and Store Berries - perfect for summer, now that berries are popping up at the farmers markets!

If you are planning to store your berries in the fridge…

keep them in their original container so they can breathe at around 32-34°F. Keep your berries dry. If they look too crowded or humid, you may want to lay a paper towel under the berries in the bottom of the container. As a general rule, avoid the crisper drawers at all costs as they are much too humid for sensitive berries. Wait to wash berries until just before you are ready to use them, then rinse gently under cool water. You can let them get closer to room temperature before serving to enhance their natural flavors. Berries typically keep in the fridge for two to seven days, depending on the type of berry. Generally, the more fragile the berry, the shorter it will keep.

If you are planning to freeze your berries for later use…

rinse them in cool water as you would before serving berries stored in the fridge, then allow them to dry completely. (Blueberries, by exception, should not be washed before freezing, as their skins become tough. Instead, wash them right before using after they’ve thawed.) It’s not necessary to freeze the berries individually on large, wax-paper lined cookie sheets first, though some sensitive berries, like raspberries and blackberries, can benefit from it. For heartier berries, just place them in a sealed container and freeze until ready to use.

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Center Stage: Blueberry Mint Sorbet with A Simple Pantry

Blueberry Mint Sorbet

 

 



 

Center Stage: Blueberry Mint Sorbet with A Simple PantryKarly is the blogger and designer behind A Simple Pantry. She writes about food using simple-to-follow recipes in a fun way that is uniquely her own. She lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband and four daughters, where they enjoy creative DIY projects, cold margaritas and wrangling their fleet of fluffy kitties. You can find Karly on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Center Stage: Blueberry Mint Sorbet with A Simple Pantry

Summer is quickly approaching, and that means hot weather, big fat thunderstorms, and days spent next to some kind of body of water; be it ocean, lake, or pool. It is my favorite season, and not just because my birthday happens to be in summer…oh no, I am all about those delicious frozen treats! Bring on the popsicles, ice cream, smoothies, and of course this super amazing blueberry mint sorbet. Hellooooooooo yummy!

Center Stage: Blueberry Mint Sorbet with A Simple Pantry

I’ve been feeling deprived lately, because I swear, every time I go to the store, the price of my fave frozen treats is higher and higher and higher again. So I don’t buy it. I get cookies instead, and feel sad because I miss my ice cream. It’s a tragedy, I’m certain of it.

Center Stage: Blueberry Mint Sorbet with A Simple Pantry

But! There is hope! And it’s amazing. Make your very own frozen treats at home using the Hamilton Beach 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker. Seriously, it’s so easy, and you end up saving tons of money making your own ice cream, while simultaneously eliminating all those weird ingredients you can’t even pronounce that are found in store-bought frozen treats.

Center Stage: Blueberry Mint Sorbet with A Simple Pantry

Orange sherbet? Mango frozen yogurt? Super fudgy supreme chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream? How about all of the above?!

Center Stage: Blueberry Mint Sorbet with A Simple Pantry

What I love most about this blueberry mint sorbet is how flavorful it is while being super simple. With only a few ingredients, it whips up in just 40 minutes. Hello, awesome? To get that subtle touch of mint flavor, I infused simple syrup with fresh mint, then combined it with blueberry juice, fresh squeezed lime, and water. That’s it!

Center Stage: Blueberry Mint Sorbet with A Simple Pantry

Because of the high water content in sorbets, sometimes it’s necessary to add a tablespoon or two of liqueur to prevent it from freezing completely. I didn’t feel that this recipe needed any liqueur, but if you prefer a softer sorbet, add a tablespoon of Chambord.

Center Stage: Blueberry Mint Sorbet with A Simple Pantry

Are you ready to get your flavor on? Grab your own ice cream maker and try this blueberry mint sorbet today!

Center Stage: Blueberry Mint Sorbet with A Simple Pantry


Blueberry Mint Sorbet
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
Mint Simple Syrup
¾ cup water
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
Sorbet
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 ¾ cup blueberry juice
1 cup water
1 cup mint simple syrup
Instructions
In a small saucepan over medium high heat, add the water, sugar, and mint leaves and bring to a simmer until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove from heat and cool completely. Discard mint leaves.
In a large bowl or pitcher, combine the lime juice, blueberry juice, water, and simple syrup. Place in fridge to cool for two hours.
Add the sorbet mix to a prepared ice cream maker and allow to churn according to the directions, around 40 minutes, or until no longer liquid. Serve immediately, or spoon into a freezer-safe container and eat within one month.
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68881 ice cream makerWith the Hamilton Beach 1.5-Qt Ice Cream Maker, you can make homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, sorbet and gelato in your own kitchen. After pre-freezing the bowl, you’re ready to enjoy dessert any time, at a fraction of the cost of an ice cream shop. Add your favorite ingredients and you’ll be scooping delicious desserts in no time. Also available at Walmart and Amazon.



Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeachIn our Heritage Dish series, we feature Hamilton Beach employees and their favorite family recipes. This month, we highlight Annie Arnold, Assistant Product Manager for hand and stand mixers, and one of her favorite family desserts, Nana’s Whipped Cream Pound Cake.

All family traditions are different, but one forever ingrained into my memory is Sunday Lunch at my Nana’s house. Every Sunday, Nana would prepare a huge meal that called our family in from a thirty mile radius. The heart of each meal was the abundance of vegetables grown in her garden (prepared southern style, of course). Meat was considered a side because vegetables were so plentiful, and the grand finale of dessert was always the best part.

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

There was not much variety in the menu, but there didn’t need to be. Everything tasted amazing and, in fact, the predictability of the menu created excitement for me. Have you ever heard a kid say they are excited about eating green beans? Doubtful, but I was that kid. The menu still has a strong effect on my diet with my love of vegetables being first in my now-vegetarian lifestyle, but desserts are a close second. Some days, all I need is piece of cake. Come on … you know those days!

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

The dessert for Sunday Lunch varied, but special occasions like birthdays and holidays were always celebrated with a delicious whipped cream pound cake. Who needs a cake from the grocery store when you can make this? I consider this to be queen of all southern desserts. You know a good homemade pound cake when you don’t feel the need to smother it with whip topping or chocolate syrup.

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

A printable recipe is below so you can recreate the whipped cream pound cake recipe from my Nana. This pound cake, when done “Sunday Lunch-style,” is dense and moist with a slightly crunchy, golden-brown crust. YUM!

Try this southern queen for your next family gathering or as a gift. You’ll be part of the family at first bite. Enjoy!

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach


Whipped Cream Pound Cake
YIELDS: 1 serving

Ingredients
1 cup butter, room temperature
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond or lemon extract
1 cup whipping cream
3 cups flour
Instructions
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar on MEDIUM speed.
Add eggs, one at a time, and beat thoroughly after each addition.
Add vanilla and almond extract and continue mixing.
Reduce speed to LOW and alternately add cream and flour.
Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes at 325°F, or until tests done.
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