TIP OF THE WEEK

Nutritious, versatile and often cheaper than the fresh alternatives, frozen fruit is a freezer must-have. Check out these four unique uses from the Food Network the next time you find yourself with an extra bag or two:

— Punch: Add frozen fruit to your favorite lemonade or sangria.

— Cream cheese tarts: Sweeten light cream cheese with confectioners’ sugar, then fold in thawed frozen fruit. Place the mixture into mini phyllo shells.

— Dips and spreads: Combine thawed frozen fruit and part-skim ricotta in a food processor. Puree until blended.

— Vinaigrette: Add thawed frozen fruit into your favorite vinaigrette and puree in a blender; strain if desired.

EASY RECIPE

Seedless watermelons are the taste of summer

Crisp and refreshing, seedless watermelon is a symbol of summer. But many consumers don’t realize how much time and effort go into growing just a single seedless watermelon. Jack Wallace, a farmer in Texas, uses the Syngenta AgriEdge Excelsior program to demonstrate his sustainable practices and show the world how hard work can lead to the sweetest reward — like the perfect fruit for making the Watermelon and Lime Pops below.

Watermelon and Lime Pops

Ingredients:

3 cups seedless watermelon

1/3 cup lime juice

1 teaspoon sugar

2 limes (optional)

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until liquid. Pour mixture into molds. Freeze overnight.

FAIR FOOD

5 ways to avoid overeating at the fair

Tis the season for county and state fair festivities. Notorious opportunities for overindulgence and deep-fried goodness, fair food doesn’t have to equate to upset stomachs and blown diets.

With these tips from the Michigan State University Extension, you can enjoy the day while still making good choices:

— Eat before you arrive so you aren’t tempted to graze.

— Visit in the morning rather than later in the day when you’re more likely to overeat.

— Stay hydrated, as drinking water will help keep you feeling full.

— Go with a group of friends so you can taste a wider variety of treats.

— Walk the fairgrounds before ordering anything; this will not only help you get some steps in, but you’ll be able to narrow down your choices without feeling like you missed any of the options.

— Brandpoint

FOOD MYTHS

Microwaving food zaps nutrients

Because a microwave uses radio waves to agitate the water molecules to heat food, it is often thought that microwaving your food causes more nutrition loss than other heating methods. No matter the heating method (microwaving, grilling or using the oven), food’s nutrition loss is related to the heat and the amount of time food is cooked.

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