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Eat Mindfully—Be mindful of the Earth, be thankful, be giving, be happy this Farmer’s Market season!

Despite our weird rainy season this year the local Farmer’s Markets are ripe with fresh fruits and vegetables. The tables are spread with colors or summer and our taste buds are popping.

The key to successful shopping at your Farer’s Market is vicinity, observation and knowledge.

How many colors can you put on your weekly plate? Reds, Oranges and Yellows are incredibly important to our health. What colors are you eating.

Naturally ripened tomatoes are wonderfully delicious and far more than their under-ripe and artificially ripened counterparts found in most super markets that you may discover that what you thought was a mealy, flavorless salad filler is actually a succulent, tangy-sweet fruit that will soon become a meal of it’s own.

When you shop for tomatoes during the summer months at a farmers market or co-op, you won’t just be getting the most flavorful and nutritionally valuable tomatoes available–you’ll also likely stumble upon types of tomatoes you never knew existed. Large grocery stores most commonly sell hothouse and Roma tomato varieties. However, there are actually hundreds of varieties of tomatoes with fascinatingly descriptive names like tigerella, brandywine, garden peach, mortgage lifter, oxheart and zebra, just to name a few. Also, did you know that tomatoes don’t just come in red? There are yellow tomatoes, orange tomatoes, yellow and green striped tomatoes, purple tomatoes and more. Furthermore, tomatoes aren’t just round: there are ruffled tomatoes, heart-shaped tomatoes and oblong tomatoes, too!

Read more: How to Pick Ripe Tomatoes | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2300928_pick-ripe-tomatoes.html#ixzz1Nwc0uD9p

Fresh summer appetizer/salad

I LOVE fresh tomatoes served with some herbs, fresh Basil leaf, and Cheese. I wanted to expand this little love salad.

The greatest part is you can exchange the Dubliner for local cheese. Take a spice shaker with you and make this in the piazza of your Farmer’s Market as the music surrounds and moves you. Local smoked fish or BBQ can replace the tuna or salmon. BBQ chicken would be just as delicious.

Tomatoes, Basil and Fish
Recipe Alert – For those who love to cook try this simple recipe – then tell me what you think.

Ingredients:
Fresh Tomatoes – I like the sweet tomatoes for this. Small tomatoes make it an appetizer, larger can turn it into a meal.
Fresh Basil – If you find basil is too strong use Romaine and sprinkle dried basil.
Dubliner Irish Cheddar Cheese
Tuna or Salmon – Fresh grilled or canned
Herbed Mayonnaise – Just a touch – I add dill, oregano, thyme, rosemary and a touch of salt.
Extra herbs/seasonings – I use a Trader Joes Fan 21 Herb Seasoning, Salt, thyme, basil, and rosemary

Directions:
Cut the tomatoes in half if they are small or into nice thick chunks if large. Arrange flat on a dish or in individual bowls.
Use the seasonings and season to personal taste.
Add the basil leaves or romaine trimmed to fit the size of the tomato
Place as much cheese as pleases – I slice thin and arrange quite a few.
Top with fish (just enough to cover the cheese but not fall off) and a dollop of mayo.

Delicious!

Ok Now tell me what you think!!

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About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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