July 2021 Health Hotline® Magazine Issue 48

July 2021 Health Hotline® Magazine Issue 48
  • Rock the Grill
  • For the Love of Organics: Cucumbers
  • Minimize Inflammaging & Maximize Your Healthspan with Turmeric
  • Lost in the Maize: The Silent Toll of America’s Number One Crop
  • Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Relish
  • Frozen Virgin Kombucha Daiquiri
 

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Relish

Relish is easy to make and a fun way to show off summer's bounty. Use to top burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs. The recipe is easily modifiable to suit your tastes and can be scaled up or down as your harvest of cucumbers might demand. Backyard grilling with never be boring with this zingy relish!

1⁄2 cup Natural Grocers Brand Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers® Brand Bulk Real Salt
1⁄4 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Red Chili Flakes
  2-4 teaspoons Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Coconut Sugar
1 small organic garlic clove
1 medium organic cucumber
1⁄2 teaspoon chopped organic dill or 1/4 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Dill Weed

1. Combine the apple cider vinegar, salt, chili flakes, and coconut sugar (use the full four teaspoons if you like your relish sweet) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to maintain a simmer for five minutes.

2. While the mixture simmers, peel the cucumber, then slice it in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds before roughly chopping the cucumber flesh.

3. Chop the garlic in the bowl of a food processor then add the cucumber and pulse just until the cucumber is finely diced. Transfer the cucumber and garlic to a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

4. After 5 minutes of simmering remove the vinegar mixture from the heat and add the dill. Pour the warm mixture over the cucumber and garlic and press down so they are fully submerged. Cap and transfer to the refrigerator to cool at least one hour and up to 24.

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Frozen Virgin Kombucha Daiquiri

An icy cold strawberry daiquiri mocktail is the perfect refreshing beverage for hot summer days and nights. Made with frozen strawberries, kombucha, and coconut water, this drink is not only delicious, it’s healthy too!

1⁄2 cup coconut water
1 1⁄2 cups Natural Grocers Brand Organic Frozen Strawberries, (~3/4 of a 16-ounce bag)
1 organic lime, slice 4 thin rounds for garnish and press the rest to obtain 2-3 tablespoons juice
2 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Grade A Dark Maple Syrup
1 14-ounce Natural Grocers Brand Organic Kombucha , (Raspberry Hibiscus, Ginger, Ginger Lemonade, or Sweet Lavender flavor)
1 cup ice
  Optional garnishes: fresh organic strawberries and/or fresh organic mint

1. Add the coconut water, strawberries, lime juice, and maple syrup to a blender. Slowly pour the kombucha down the side of the blender to help preserve the bubbles, and blend for 30 seconds to one minute. Add the ice and blend until ice is crushed and the consistency is slushy.

2. Pour into glasses, garnish each glass with a lime round and optional strawberries and mint, and serve immediately.

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