Cooking with Kaye
Refreshing Beverages to Beat the Heat
July 25, 2013
In This Issue
Quick Notes: What are you worth?
Recipe: Icy Tomato Granita
Raspberry-Lemonade Cocktail
Iced Tea: 10 things you didn't know
Recipe: Fruit and Berry Smoothies

Liquid Refreshment After Weight Loss Surgery

by Kaye Bailey

Liquid refreshment plays a key role in our post surgical weight loss diet. In fact, in the early days and weeks following surgery we live on liquids, mostly clear broths and protein enhanced beverages. It is my personal preference to make shakes and smoothies an occasional menu selection rather than a daily meal. Here are some of the shakes and smoothies I enjoy as infrequent treats. Most are fruit or vegetable based and they do a stellar job of beating the carb monster cravings.


Ice Water  

Smoothie - Noun: A cold, non-alcoholic beverage typically consisting of blended fruit juice, fruit pulp, flavoring such as cinnamon or vanilla, and milk, mixed with yogurt and/or ice cream. Ice cubes may also be added to provide an ingredient that adds texture and cooling effects. Smoothies are often promoted as nutritional drinks made with low fat ingredients that contain a variety of vitamins and minerals.

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Blackberry-Banana Smoothie

Papaya Dreamsicle

Savory Squash Smoothie

Green Tea Pear Smoothie

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Icy Tomato Granita:
A Refreshing Summer Drink

Vine Ripe Tomatoes

Summer is prime time for enjoying sweet tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine. For the person managing their weight with a bariatric surgical procedure such as gastric bypass or adjustable gastric band (lap-band) tomatoes can provide a sweet treat full of nutrients and vitamins without the guilt associated with other sweet indulgences. Tomatoes, which are mostly water, are low in calories and low-glycemic. That means that even with all their sunshine sweet goodness they will not affect blood glucose levels the way processed sweets do.

Consider this: one cup of raw tomatoes provides 38 calories, 2 grams protein, 8 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber and over 50% daily value Vitamin C, 22% daily value Vitamin A, and 13% daily value potassium. A large study confirmed that men who ate lots of tomato products had a greatly reduced risk of prostate cancer; the researches theorized that the lycopene in the tomatoes might be the protective factor.

During the warm summer months tomatoes are inexpensive and widely available freshly picked at roadside farm stands and community farmers markets. Look for a wide range of fresh varieties that include heirlooms, cherries, plums, and beefsteak tomatoes. Choose tomatoes that are heavy for their size, evenly colored and unblemished. Even unripe they should be more pink than green.

Tomatoes should be kept for only a few days, stored at room temperature out on the counter. Wash under cool running water to remove dirt and debris. Tomatoes that are not fully ripe may be stored in a paper bag at room temperature which will promote ripening, but check often to avoid spoilage.

For a refreshing and surprisingly sweet treat use fresh ripe tomatoes to create this Tomato Granita ice dessert that has no added sugar but is full of sweet vine-ripened tomato flavor. It is easy to prepare and elegant to serve.

Tomato Granita

1pound beefsteak tomatoes, chopped
2 Tablespoons raspberry vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions: Place chopped tomatoes, raspberry vinegar, olive oil, and salt in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the tomato puree through a fine sieve into an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish, discard the strained solids. Place, uncovered, in the freezer, for two hours, stirring occasionally until smooth and firm. To serve, scrape the mixture with a fork to form snow-cone like ice crystals. Measure 1/2 cup servings and enjoy for a snack or dessert as part of your healthy weight loss surgery diet. A 1/2 cup serving of Tomato Granita provides 17 calories, 1 gram protein and 3 grams carbohydrate.

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Strawberry Cocktail Hello Neighbors! Thank you for joining me in this issue of Cooking with Kaye. Today we are making refreshing beverages that promote good health and weight loss, refresh us on hot summer days, and they take the monotony out of our WLS Rule 2 Drink lots of water. Earlier this week in the LivingAfterWLS Digest we covered the latest news on diet soda and the detrimental effect it can have on our health including weight gain, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. After we undergo weight loss surgery it is essential to our ongoing health and weight management that we avoid carbonated soda - sadly a favorite refresher for many of us.

In case you missed this important issue link to our archive: 
I know I found my way to morbid obesity drinking gallons of Diet Coke; maybe you too? We are strongly encouraged to eliminate carbonated soda from our diet after weight loss surgery at the same time we are instructed to drink lots of water. As much as I enjoy a refreshing glass of water it does get boring. Really Boring! We crave variety and flavor. The recipes I share today effectively take the boring out of the water glass while providing healthful nutrients, vitamins, and fiber. I hope you will enjoy a refreshing cool beverage today and say goodbye to boring. 


Kaye Bailey  



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Ice-Cold Lemonade
Health Promoting & Thirst Quenching Beverages 
In the United States, lemonade is an citrus drink made from squeezed lemon juice, water, and sugar. Slices of lemon are sometimes added to a pitcher as a garnish and further source of flavoring. It can be made fresh from fruit, reconstituted from frozen juice, dry powder, or liquid concentrate, and colored in a variety of shades.

Good for you: Daily consumption of 4 fluid ounces of lemon juice per day, when mixed with two liters of water, has been shown to reduce the rate of stone formation in people susceptible to kidney stones. Lemons contain the highest concentration of citrate of any fruit, and this weak acid has been shown to inhibit stone formation.

On average a 1-cup serving of lemonade sweetened with sugar provides 99 calories, trace of fat, 26 grams carbohydrate, trace of protein. Note the 25 grams of carbohydrate come from the sugar.

Sugar and Sugar Alternatives:
People who are sugar sensitive can enjoy lemonade sweetened with all natural stevia, agave nectar or agave syrup, honey, or the artificial sweetener of choice. When using a non-sugar sweetener start by adding one-half of the measure for sugar and taste for sweetness. Add more sweetener to achieve desired flavor.

Agave nectar (also called agave syrup) is 1.4 to 1.6 times sweeter than sugar and is often substituted for sugar or honey in recipes. Agave nectar dissolves quickly and so it can be used as a sweetener for cold beverages such as iced tea. Agave nectars are sold in light, amber, dark, and raw varieties. Lighter agave nectar is mild and delicate tasting while amber and dark agave necter is more intense with a hint of caramel flavor.

Stevia: As a sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia's taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar, although some of its extracts may have a bitter or licorice-like aftertaste at high concentrations. With its steviol glycoside extracts having up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, stevia has attracted attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar sweeteners. Because stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose it is attractive to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.

Perfect Lemonade
Shared from the Simply Recipes blog by Elise Bauer on June 17, 2006.

The secret to perfect lemonade is to start by making sugar syrup, also known as "simple syrup". Dissolving the sugar in hot water effectively disperses the sugar in the lemonade, instead of having the sugar sink to the bottom.Try using case studies, success stories, testimonials or examples of how others used your product or service successfully. Solicit material from clients and vendors, or ask your readers to write. It's a win-win! You get relevant content, and they get exposure.

1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup lemon juice
3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)

Directions: Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely. While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice. Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it. Serve with ice, sliced lemons.

Barefoot Contessa's Pink Lemonade
by Ina Garten shared from Food

This summer classic is tinted pink with the inclusion of grenadine and maraschino cherries. Enjoy this on a hot summer afternoon for a delicious health-promoting refresher.

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (5 to 6 lemons)
1/2 to 3/4 cup superfine sugar, to taste
1 cup crushed ice
4 cups water
2 teaspoons grenadine
6 maraschino cherries

Directions: Place the lemon juice, sugar, ice, water, and grenadine in a blender and process until completely smooth. Place a cherry in the bottom of 6 glasses and pour the lemon juice mixture in the glass. Serve and enjoy!

Grenadine is a commonly used bar syrup, characterized by a flavor that is both tart and sweet, and a deep red color. It is popular as an ingredient in cocktails, both for its flavor and to give a reddish/pink tint to mixed drinks. Grenadines basic flavor profile is obtained from a mixture of blackcurrant juice and other fruit juices with the blackcurrant flavor dominating. Pomegranate syrup is made with pomegranate concentrate and sugar, and serves as an authentic grenadine.

Adult "Hard" Lemonade
For an occasional treat many adults enjoy basic white lemonade or pink lemonade spiked with 1 to 2 ounces of liquor. Depending upon taste, and even geographic region, a shot of whiskey, vodka, rum or beer may be added to lemonade for adults. When serving hard lemonade always add the liquor to individual glasses rather than the batch of freshly made lemonade. This provides better control for each person's alcohol preference and tolerance. Some hard lemonades are blended with ice for a refreshing slushie drink.

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Smashed Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail 
An adult drink with a kid-friendly option

Shared from: A Beautiful Mess Blog by Elsie and Emma

Raspberries in Hand Posted by Elsie
April 17, 2013

Do you love raspberry lemonade as much as I do? This next cocktail
is so sweet, tart and sparkling! It's perfect for a party too. Here's how it's made: Serves One. 

2 ounces Triple Sec
2 ounces Limoncello
1 handful of raspberries
juice of two lemons
club soda
raw sugar

Directions: To muddle your fruit, add a handful of fresh raspberries and a sprinkle of raw sugar to the bottom of a glass. Use a muddler (a wooden spoon will work too!) to smash your fruit until it has the appearance of jam.

Add the Triple Sec, Limoncello and lemon juice to your glass. Add ice. Top if off with club soda. Give it a quick stir and enjoy! I garnished mine with fresh raspberries and lemon slices!Smashed Raspberry

Kid Friendly: If you prefer a non-alcoholic version try adding the smashed raspberry step to a regular glass of lemonade. It will be instantly prettier and add a lot of flavor, vitamins, and nutrients.

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Ten Things You Didn't Know
About Iced Tea

By Kyle Whitford

Any caterer or restaurant in and around Not the Queen's TeaCharlotte and South Carolina will serve Iced Tea. Here' s the surprising story of how this refreshing drink came about.

Green Tea?
1. For 150 years Iced Tea was made using only green tea. The original healthy drink was born in the South in 1795. South Carolina was the first State in the U.S. to grow green tea and the only State to produce it commercially.

2. Early green tea was served chilled. It was spiked with liquor and packed a punch. So they called it- "Punch!"

3. The oldest Southern tea punch recipes in print are made with the original green tea, not black. The oldest sweet chilled tea recipe in print comes from a community cookbook published in 1879 called "Housekeeping in Old Virgina" by Marion Cabell Tyree.

Northern Exposure
4. While iced tea was born with a Southern accent it was almost 100 years old before it was introduced to the rest of America. In 1893, a concessionaire sold it at the Chicago World's Fair. It was almost ten years later at the World's Fair in St. Louis that iced cold tea was popularized (not invented).

5. Due to the hot summer of 1904, World's Fair patrons skipped the usual hot drinks and went in search of cold refreshment, including iced tea.

6. By World War I, (1917) Americans were shopping for special tall iced tea glasses, long spoons, and lemon forks. By the 1930s, people were commonly referring to the tall goblet in crystal sets as an "iced tea" glass.

Speak Easy
7. The American Prohibition (1920-1933) made iced tea popular as an alternative to illegal beer, wine and liquor.

8. The switch from green to black tea came during World War II due to supply cuts. At the War's end 99% of Americans were drinking black tea imported from British controlled India.

9.South made it official. Tea was adopted as the Official Hospitality Beverage by State Bill 3487, Act No. 31 of the 111th Session of the South Carolina General Assembly on April 10, 1995.

'Sweet tea.'
10. Outside the South, tea is not usually sweetened. Most Southern restaurants serve the smooth, chilled drink sweetened.

Article Source:  Ten Things You Didn't Know About Iced Tea

Tea and the Bariatric Patient 
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Herbal Tea Sampler for Weight Loss
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Fruit and Berry Smoothies to Love 
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Blackberry-Banana Smoothie
To increase the protein of this smoothie, add 1 scoop of whey protein powder. I prefer UNJURY®'s Vanilla medical grade protein powder. It sets well in my pouch and is scientifically formulated for optimal absorption.

2 cups soy milk
1 banana, frozen, sliced
1 1/2 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen
1 scoop UNJURY® Protein Powder

Directions: Place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

Serves 2. Per serving: 241 Calories; 5g Fat; 18g Protein; 32g Carbohydrate; 10g Dietary Fiber.

Blushing Peach Almond Smoothie
This is a brunch-worthy smoothie that is particularly lovely served in wine goblets. Peaches are a rich source of beta-carotene, which helps protect the skin from harmful UV sunrays.

1 cup soy milk
2 large peaches, fresh, peeled, pitted, diced
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 scoop UNJURY® Protein Powder
6 ice cubes

Directions: Pour the milk into a blender and add the peaches, vanilla, and almond extracts and top with ice. Blend on high speed until smooth. Serve immediately in chilled glasses. Frozen peaches without added syrup will work during the off-season.

Serves 2. Per serving: 140 Calories; 2g Fat; 14g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber.

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