Spruce Up Your Outdoor Patio with Unique Outdoor Lawn Ornaments

Autumn is a time for reflection and looking back at life’s wonderful moments. With its splash of earth tones and cool weather, the season provides décor inspiration for preparing your patio with that old outdoorsy charm. Tree Classics presents outdoor decorating ideas you’ll love.

Outdoor Fabric Canopy

Fabric canopy over outdoor table setupInvite family and friends over for a good old-fashioned al fresco dinner. With a wooden table and some outdoor chairs, you can create the perfect table setting crowned by a country-inspired fabric canopy. You can also use outdoor lawn chairs for a more relaxed atmosphere. Sunup or sundown, you can create wonderful memories and inspire heartwarming conversations with this outdoor setup

Old Chair Swing

A swing made from an old chairEncourage family and friends to play outside by repainting an old chair and hanging it on a sturdy tree to be used as a swing. Aside from a place to relax and play, this old chair swing gives your home a friendly, welcoming appearance. You can also use it as your own quiet place where you can reflect, read a good book, or drink some tea.

Outdoor Spheres

Outdoor chicken wire spheresFor a quick and easy patio or garden makeover, mold chicken wire into spheres and use them to decorate your outdoor space. Use spray paint to give them a colorful or monochromatic look. You can even add some lights inside the spheres if they’ll be used near a power socket. Beautifully practical, they can be reused each year with a quick respray and reshaping of the chicken wire.

Potted Trees and Topiaries

Tree Classics Potted Natural Cut Fraser Fir TreeFor many, the fall is also the season of the harvest. Foliage fall décor is ideal during autumn because it denotes abundance and prosperity. Use them on your patio as homage to the harvest season and embellish them with dried flowers and pumpkin ornaments for a fall-inspired look.

The Classic Wreath

Tree Classics Classic Cranberry WreathA traditional décor piece, the wreath has been used to decorate front doors and mantels for years. A variety of types, colors, and shapes make it a versatile piece, allowing it to be used throughout the year. This fall, decorate your front patio with a wreath that carries the colors of the season. Bright reds and earthy tones make for a picture-perfect fall décor piece.

With a tad of resourcefulness and a little bit of effort, you can make your patio an autumn haven for you and your family. The ideas shared above show how you can make your outdoor patio more beautiful and enjoyable during the fall. Combine them with some of your original ideas and enjoy the great outdoors before the holiday rush comes.

5 Fun Ideas for Christmas in July Invitations

July is one of the best months to throw a party in the outdoors. With bright clear skies and the cool climate about, this month offers you a chance to have fun in the summer sunshine with friends and family. This is also the perfect season to celebrate Christmas. You read that right: now is the best time to celebrate Christmas in July! And once you’re set on celebrating Christmas midyear, get the word out about your wonderful summer shindig with five fun ideas for your Christmas in July invitations.

1. Open with ‘Sea’s Suns Greetings’

Seashells

Make your Christmas in July party invitations more exciting by switching up the classic Christmas card saying “Season’s Greetings” with the clever “Sea’s Suns Greetings” instead. This is super fun if you’re having a beach or pool party. You can even try dressing up your card with a few seashells or a sprinkling of sand.

2. Require Presents for a ‘Bad Santa’ Gift Exchange

Man Carrying Gifts

Want some good-humored fun? Ask guests to bring a summer-inspired white elephant gift for a traditional “Bad Santa” gift exchange. Let them pick out an item that would entertain the recipient in a light-hearted way. With a little bit of creativity, you can save up on expensive gifts while having lots of laughs with your guests.

3. Send out Santa Hats for Guests to Wear

A Santa Hat on a Christmas Tree

Instead of handing out the usual party invitation, try sending Santa hats to guests. Ask them to decorate their hats beforehand and wear them to the party. The guest with the best decorated Santa hat wins an awesome door prize.

4. Deliver a Box of Christmas Goodies

Chocolate Cupcakes

Satisfy cravings for sweets with a sampling of Christmas treats as the invitation to your dessert buffet. Don’t forget to add a gift tag indicating the date, time, and venue of the party. You can also ask guests to bring their family’s own favorite Christmas dessert. This way everyone will leave with jolly tummies.

5. Have Guests Wear Ugly Hawaiian Shirts 

Instead of asking guests to wear ugly Christmas sweaters (it’s too hot for that!) ask them to wear an ugly (or pretty) luau shirt. The best, er, worst dressed party goers get a prize!

With a little effort, you can have lots of laughs coming up with fun Christmas in July party invitations. What’s your unique way of inviting guests to your summer parties? Tell us!

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Tree Classics’ Favorite Recipes: Delicious Winter Soups

With the winter season now in full swing, what better way to fight off the cold than savoring a nice hearty bowl of home-cooked soup? Filling and nutritious, a good soup dish can easily warm you up during long chilly nights and can also perk you up when you feel a little bit under the weather.

For this edition of Tree Classics’ Favorite Recipes, we give you five healthy and mouth-watering soup recipes. Simple and easy-to-prepare, these delectable dishes are sure to keep you warm and cozy for the cold winter days ahead.

Simple Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons 

For a quick and easy dish, try this simple tomato soup and grilled cheese crouton recipe from All Day I Dream About Food. A bowl of this delicious soup can provide you with your daily dose of lycopene that can help prevent cancer in the body. The tomatoes also contain niacin, folate, and vitamin B6 that reduce the risk of heart ailments.

The grilled cheese croutons, on the other hand, are made from gluten-free ingredients so you don’t have to worry about the harmful effects of this protein on your health.

Cauliflower Hazelnut Soup with Fried Sage

Want to incorporate more fresh produce in your diet? This cauliflower hazelnut soup with fried sage from What’s Cooking Good Looking gives you a scrumptious and nutritious choice for your meals. A generous serving of cauliflower provides you with vitamin C and manganese, two well-known antioxidants that help cleanse the body. This vegetable is also a great source of vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids that reduce the risk of inflammation-mediated diseases, such as arthritis, obesity, and diabetes mellitus. The hazelnut and fried sage help add a burst of flavor to every spoonful of this soup.

Easy Minestrone Soup

Bring back memories of the old country with this easy-to-cook minestrone soup from Lemons and Anchovies. Made from a potful of pantry and refrigerator staples, such as beans, tomatoes, cabbages, and cheeses, this Italian recipe is an excellent filling meal on its own. Whip up a nice batch for those spontaneous sleepovers during snowstorm shut-ins.

French Onion Soup

Titillate your taste buds with this delectable French onion soup from The Curvy Carrot. This version of the French country dish substitutes meat stock for vegetable stock, making it a little longer to prepare but tastier and healthier. Pair it with a slice of crusty baguette for a fine meal during long rainy days.   

Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

Put a spin on the famous cure for colds with iVillage’s Chinese chicken noodle soup. This Asian-inspired recipe combines satisfying taste of chicken broth with the refreshing flavor of ginger. And while experts are still not sure whether or not there is truth to the myth, a healthy serving of this chicken soup can help ease bronchitis, coughs, and flu thanks to the watercress leaves.

This season, fight off the cold by enjoying a nice warm bowl of these healthy and delicious winter soups.

A Berry Merry Christmas: Holiday Decorations with Charming Berry Accents

Christmas berry wreaths and garlands have long echoed nature’s splendor during the holidays. These lovely symbols of a bountiful harvest never go out of style.

Tree Classics presents five charming Christmas wreaths and garlands that feature realistic foliage and luscious berry accents. These vibrant decorative pieces have been created to bring the harvest of the season into your home.

The Classic Charm of Rustic Holiday Wreaths

Winterberry Christmas Wreath
Winterberry Christmas Wreath

Adorn your holiday home with the fine Winterberry Christmas Wreath. Crafted from high-quality PVC needles, our yuletide wreath features lifelike dried foliage decorated with small, bright red berries. Pine cones also add a warm, rustic allure to this lovely holiday piece.

Classic Cranberry Christmas Wreath
Classic Cranberry Christmas Wreath

Another fine example of a holiday favorite, this Classic Cranberry Christmas Wreath captures the charm of a traditional Christmas celebration. With its lively red hue, our stunning decorative piece is sure to fill your guests with yuletide cheer.

The Bountiful Beauty of Harvest Wreaths and Garlands

Classic Holiday Christmas Wreath
Classic Holiday Christmas Wreath and Garland

Fill your home with the festive atmosphere of the holidays with our Classic Holiday Christmas Wreath and Garland. Made from Real Feel® and PVC needles, these holiday creations are designed to add class and elegance to your space. With their masterful combination of red berry and golden acorn accents and bright UL lights, our Christmas wreath and garland are excellent complements to any style of home – from rustic to traditional to transitional.

Alpine Grand Fir Wreath
Alpine Grand Fir Wreath and Garland

For a cool and wintry highlight ideal for the season, decorate your space with our timeless Alpine Grand Fir Wreath and Garland. Inspired by the beautiful Grand Fir, our yuletide accents feature a combination of deep green Real Feel needles, frosted pine cones, red berries, and apples. This Christmas piece, complete with high-quality UL lights, helps create a perfect display with a lovely pastoral look.

Woodbury Classic Noble Fir Wreath
Woodbury Classic Noble Fir Christmas Wreath and Garland

Deck your halls with the beauty of classic holly with our Woodbury Classic Noble Fir Christmas Wreath and Garland. Featuring realistic fir foliage that uses our signature Real Feel needles, these decorative pieces make stylish focal points on your holiday mantel. The green holly, bright red berries, and deep brown pine cones infuse your home with the natural beauty of wintry woodlands.

Transform your home into an ideal holiday retreat by embellishing it with these classic berry wreaths and garlands from Tree Classics.

How to Attract Birds in Your Autumn Garden

Keeping a bird-friendly autumn garden will always merit a visit from feathered friends that are about to make their way south for the winter. Transforming your yard into a temporary home for birds can, however, be a challenge, especially for first-time gardeners. Tree Classics is featuring simple and practical tips on how to turn your autumn garden into an avian-friendly sanctuary.

Tree Classics gives tips on how to attract birds in an autumn garden

Step 1: Know Which Birds are Passing Your Way Before Winter

Learn which types of birds are native to your area and which ones might be visiting this season. This will give you an idea of the kind of habitat you can build to cater to their needs. Try contacting your local birding group, or study species of birds by using field guides and bird range maps. You can also ask your neighbors about birds they might have already seen in the area.

Step 2: Build Bird Feeders

One of the best ways to draw the attention of your feathered friends is by offering them food. Begin by building feeders that match the diet of birds in your vicinity. You can fill these bird feeders with various mixes of seeds. Some bird species are also drawn to fruits, nuts, and nectars. Just remember to keep your feeders clean and filled with fresh food to make them much more appealing to these creatures.

Step 3: Add Bird Baths

A bird bath will give your feathered friends a spot where they can drink clean water and take a refreshing dip. Some receptacles feature stylish designs that you can use to accent the look of your garden.

Step 4: Start ‘Birdscaping’

Birdscaping is about growing trees, vines, and shrubs as a natural habitat for birds and as part of your landscape at home. Consider planting fruit bearing trees, such as Crab apples and cherries, to become a source of food for your feathered friends and also serve as a beautiful element in your surroundings.

Step 5: Make Your Garden Safe for Birds

Tree Classics recommends using bird houses with steep roofs to keep predatory birds out

Make birds feel safe if you want them to flock to your garden. A stray cat, squirrel, or even other predatory birds are a threat and can easily ruin your chances of attracting birds. The best way to remedy this is by carefully planning your garden setting. Set bird feeders and baths in places where it would be difficult for wild animals to intrude. Lastly, choose birdhouse designs that have steep roofs and no perches to deter any potential predators from raiding them.

Attract birds in your garden this autumn with these simple and practical tips from Tree Classics.

Tree Classics Favorite Recipes: 10 Breakfast Essentials

Healthy and satisfying are the two main requirements for an American breakfast. Tree Classics shares with you 10 must-have dishes to help you start your day right.

All-American breakfast of fresh fruits and whole grain cereals from Tree Classics
Photo by ralph and jenny via Flickr CC BY 2.0

1. Maple-Glazed Pears and Cereals

Eating tasty maple-glazed pears and cereals for breakfast can give you the nutrition you need for sustained energy. Real maple syrup features high levels of antioxidants, zinc, and manganese, which keep the heart healthy and boost the immune system.

Pears are a good source of fiber, vitamin E, C, B2, potassium, and copper. Whole grain cereals contain many essential vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that have been linked to significant health benefits, such as lowering the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, and colon cancer.

2. Oatmeal with Banana and Molasses

Delicious and comforting, warm oatmeal with banana and molasses can satisfy your hunger easily, and it can make you feel full until lunch. The whole grain oats in this meal help prevent heart diseases and type 2 diabetes, and also help lower bad cholesterol. Bananas add flavor while helping dieters reach weight-loss goals and keep bowels healthy. They also provide nutrients that regulate heart rhythm and contain vitamin compounds for eye health. Sweet organic molasses, which has a high mineral content, is a healthy energy-booster as well as a natural laxative.

3. Whole Grain Pancakes with Maple Syrup

Whole grain pancakes are a delicious way to add fiber and nutrients to the body first thing in the morning. These pancakes will help you feel full longer than do white flour pancakes. The milk and eggs in the pancake batter also provide protein and calcium. Additionally, eggs are a great source of vitamins A and B as well as other nutrients needed for nerve and brain health. Top the pancakes with maple syrup to increase their health benefits!

4. Granola Yogurt Berry Parfait

Make breakfast more fun with this granola yogurt berry parfait. Assemble it by layering your favorite granola, plain yogurt, fresh blue berries and other fruit. Drizzle with honey. Made from oats, granola is rich in fiber and antioxidants. Yogurt contains probiotics that promote good digestion. Blueberry is known as the antioxidant super fruit because of its high concentration of antioxidants.

5. Breakfast Quinoa

Quinoa is usually served in savory side dishes but it also makes a wonderful hot breakfast meal. This high-protein seed contains all nine essential amino acids, and has almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Serve it with milk, honey, cinnamon, and blueberries for a tasty, healthy breakfast treat.

6. Turkey BLT Sandwich

Turkey bacon is a healthy alternative to pork, which has long been a staple of American breakfast. Turkey bacon is a rich source of dietary protein and vitamin B12, and comes with a relatively low fat content while retaining the flavor of regular bacon. Romaine lettuce adds crunch to the sandwich, as well as fiber, folate, and antioxidants. Sweet, juicy tomatoes are a rich source of potassium, vitamins, and cancer-fighting lycopene. The whole wheat bread maximizes the nutritional goodness of this meal with more fiber.

7. French Toast with Blueberries and Strawberry Jam

French toast stuffed with fruit and jam is a refreshing way to wake up in the morning. French toast offers nutrients from egg and milk, and because bread is rich in carbohydrates, it gives you the energy you need to start the day. Top it with blueberries and strawberry jam – and the classic breakfast becomes even more appetizing.

8. Tomato and Basil Quiche

Quiches are great for breakfast or brunch, and are ideal for families on the go. You can whip a batch at night and enjoy it hot or cold in the morning. Eating a tomato and basil quiche lets you enjoy the flavors and nutrients of eggs, milk, tomatoes, and basil, which not only lends a sweet, earthy aroma but also offers an impressive list of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins K and A, and minerals calcium, manganese, and iron.

9. Chunky Apple Muffins

Muffins are a delicious way to get the energy you need for the day. They’re great for a quick breakfast or snack, and, like quiches, can be made the night before. Filled with oats, bran, and plenty of fruit, these chunky apple muffins contain plenty of fiber. In addition, apples are high in potassium, which helps control blood pressure, and quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that protects brain cells from degeneration.

10. Spinach Breakfast Stuffins

Combining spinach, red bell pepper, egg, milk, and whole grain bread cut into cubes, spinach breakfast stuffins are not only filling but also packed with nutrients. The spinach provides vitamins K, A, C, B2, and B6 as well as minerals such as magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, and potassium. Red bell pepper gives the body phytochemicals and a decent amount of fiber.

Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. With these healthy recipes, you can eat like a king and get the energy and nutrients you need to get going.

5 Ways to Use Pebbles as Home Decor

Pebbles are a great way to incorporate the beauty of nature in both interior and exterior home design. Here are some ideas on how you can use these stones of various shapes, colors, and sizes to bring in a completely different look to your living spaces:

1. Pebbles as Decorations

Using pebbles as ornaments can be as easy as placing a bowlful on a center table to lend an earthy, Zen-like appeal, or piling them in a regular glass vase with water topped with a nice flower. Pebbles can also be used to substitute functional decorations at home. Some examples are candle holders, paper weights, and bookends. Pebbles can also be utilized as your own canvas. You can paint animals, landscapes, and portraits, or decoupage flowers on them!

Tree Classics Pebbles
Photo by Avia Venefica via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

 

2. Pebbles as Wall or Floor Details

Pebbles offer a great way to add texture to walls and floors. In this kitchen, the designer artfully used them along the curved island, breaking up the traditional limestone tile layout and highlighting the kitchen space. On a wall, a pebble border adds three-dimensional quality to an otherwise flat tile design. It also helps in tying together a neutral color scheme.


Eclectic Kitchen by Victoria Interior Designers & Decorators The Sky is the Limit Design

 

3. Pebbles in the Bathroom

Pebbles bring a relaxing, spa-like feel to bath spaces, and they work well with wood and other natural elements. Cover an entire vanity wall with pebble tiles to create a dramatic focal point. In the shower area, pebble tiles are an excellent choice for a slip-resistant floor. A plus is that they feel like a gentle massage on your bare feet.

4. Pebbles below the Stairs and along Paths

Placing pebbles just below the stairs can add beautiful color and textural contrast. This delivers an unexpected eye-catching accent to perk up quiet corners in your home. You can also layer pebbles along paths. The result will be a welcoming and visually pleasing space. 

5. Pebbles as Pool Details

Pebbles work well with water features. As a lining for swimming pools, they create a spectacular landscape. Pebbles also create a natural, beach-like atmosphere and can be used to cover unsightly areas around the pool.

There are many ways to use pebbles in sprucing up your home. We hope these ideas inspire you!

Tree Classics Christmas in July: Host a Milk and Cookies Party in 2 Easy Steps!

In our fifth and final installment of Tree Classics Christmas in July, we give you two easy steps (plus lots of quick tips!) for hosting an amazing milk and cookies party to keep the yuletide spirit alive. You don’t have to wait for Santa to come down the chimney just to enjoy these oven-fresh delights. Gather friends and family this summer for one unforgettable holiday!

Tree Classics Christmas Tree Cookies
Photo from The Tedster via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Step 1: Bake the Cookies with Your Friends and Family

Let’s face it. It’s more fun to bake when you have friends and family helping you out in the kitchen. It’s also the perfect excuse to try out a tiny pinch of your favorite mouthwatering cookie dough!

Line up the ingredients for your selection of baked goodies and give each baker a corner in your work station. Whip up a batch of the classic chocolate chip cookies using red and green candy morsels or, for the more advanced bakers, a batch of stained glass sugar cookies with a colorful Jolly Rancher center.

QUICK TIP: Don’t forget the cookie cutters and stamps! Make your guests feel right at home by letting them take part in baking goodies with sweet and thoughtful holiday greetings they can exchange with one another.

Another great thing about cookie parties is that everyone can garnish their cookies their own way. For Christmas in July, have red, green, and yellow candy sprinkles, gumdrops, and crushed candy canes ready for your happy helpers to lavish on their baked goodies.

 

Step 2: Serve Up Ice Cold Milk

While waiting for your cookies to bake, you can start serving ice cold milk to your kitchen helpers! Kick off your summer Christmas party with various flavors of milk, such as chocolate and strawberry, and for the figure- and health-conscious, a serving of low-fat and lactose-free milk from your very own milk bar.

Tree Classics Variants
Photo from Joe Shlabotnik via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

QUICK TIP: Instead of using the usual pitcher and glass, fill old-fashioned bottles to add a vintage feel to your summer Christmas party. These wonderful glass bottles can be used later on as a quaint flower vase or container for your trinkets. You can also fill the bottles three hours before the celebration and place them in the chiller. When it’s time for the party, you’ll have your cool drink ready to be paired with your oven-fresh cookies!

 

For friends and family who can’t get enough of those delicious cookies, you can give them extra treats packed in these lovely antique-styled French canning jars. They make classy take-home gifts and nifty containers for other baking ingredients.

 

Tree Classics’ Recommended Treats:

1. Classic Cookie Recipes

A Christmas milk and cookies party in the middle of summer should serve fun and unique treats. This New York Times favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and these colorful Oreo cookie pops are sure to make your celebration all the more special.

Tree Classics Chocolate Chip Cookies
Photo from arnold | inuyaki via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

2. Healthy Cookie Recipes

Health-conscious guests need not worry about the fare as you can also serve flourless and sugar-free peanut butter cookies and whole grain low-sugar chocolate cookies with pecans from Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Tree Classics Peanut Butter Cookies
Photo from Maggie Hoffman via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Have a merry and memorable Christmas in July with a fun and simple two-step milk and cookies party!

Tree Classics Christmas in July: A Hint of the Holidays in Your Summer Home

Christmas in July is about to reach its final stretch. It’s hard to let go of memories of a great vacation. But why say goodbye to this spectacular holiday? Even after summer, you and your family can capture the warmth of the season with an ethereal beach house look that retains a hint of the holidays. Join Tree Classics as we give you three great tips on how to spruce up your quaint holiday home and cherish memories of Christmas in July.

Tip #1: Decorate a Christmas Tree with Summer Holiday Photos

Summer is no different from the traditional yuletide season when families come together. And what better way to give your summer holiday home that heartwarming feel than by accenting your beloved tree with precious photographs from your family vacation? Our pick for a great Christmas tree in a summer-y home has photos mixed in with traditional yuletide ornaments.


Contemporary Family Room

 

Tip #2: Adorn Your Holiday Home with Nature-inspired Decor

Apart from bringing in a sense of nostalgia with their tree, the homeowners of this contemporary family room keep the atmosphere light by decorating the space with treasures from the surf, sand, and sea. You can use starfish or sea shells and pile them at the center of your dining table. These jagged conch shells, for instance, are set in contrast to the shiny baubles hanging from the beams, creating an unexpectedly eclectic look.

If you want a more relaxed atmosphere, go for subdued tones that remind you of warm sand, then inject color into your space with a few holiday decorations that never go out of fashion. This home highlights a quirky Christmas vibe with the palm and eucalyptus leaves decorative accents that keep the holiday fun going. But it also surprises you with a sea horse light fixture atop the staircase for an exuberant beach house look!


Eclectic Staircase by Menlo Park Media and Bloggers Janet Paik

 

Tip #3: Enjoy the Outdoors with a Summer Holiday Tablescape

Unlike other festive occasions, Christmas in July can take on a more relaxed and relaxing appeal. This tablescape from The Happy Home Blog says it all: you can blend the quaint charm of summer with quirky Christmas ornaments. And with a clean and simple silvery white color scheme, the setup in this home in Australia captures the effervescence of summer with a balance of sparkle – from the holiday decorations – and the invigorating look of fresh summer flowers.


Contemporary Spaces by Sydney Media and Bloggers The Happy Home Blog

 

So who says you have to say goodbye to Christmas in July? With these three simple decorating tips, you can continue to enjoy the ethereal charm of your summer holiday home.

Tree Classics Christmas in July: How to Make an Edible Christmas Tree!

Deck the halls with fruits and berries, or better yet, make a miniature Christmas tree with sugar cookies and candy sprinkles! Because Tree Classics absolutely loves Christmas in July, we’re celebrating it with all the luscious fruits, veggies, and sweets from this season. It’s one unique holiday that infuses elements of traditional yuletide festivities with the flavors of summer. Have fun adorning your home – and satisfying your tummy – with edible Christmas decorations. Tree Classics presents three great ideas to spruce up your summer holiday with delicious treats.

Have a Yuletide Fiesta with Fruits

Infuse your Christmas in July celebration with the flair of a summer fiesta by whipping up a fruit Christmas tree. This new take on the traditional fruit salad consists of strawberry, raspberry, orange, watermelon, kiwi, and grape carefully mounted in the conical shape of a tree. You can also add pear, mango, papaya, and banana into the mix. As a finishing touch, you can cut out a star out of a pineapple to top your scrumptious yuletide tree.

Tree Classics Tropical Fruits
Photo from Tama Leaver via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Tropical fruits are known to have a wide array of health benefits. Aside from vitamin C, fruits such as mangoes and papaya help reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to the International Journal of Cancer. Eating potassium-rich bananas is great for regulating blood pressure. The vitamin B6 in the fruit is credited for improving a person’s mood. Fresh pineapples also make for an excellent anti-inflammatory food due to an enzyme called bromelain.

Taste a Veggie Merry Christmas

If you prefer a Christmas dish that packs an even healthier punch, you can’t go wrong with a fresh produce holiday tree. This ideal edible centerpiece can be made with broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, celery, and lettuce leaves. Arrange the vegetables into a Christmas tree and place on a large platter. Serve this marvelous treat with a creamy garlic herb dip or hot spinach and artichoke dip for an even healthier fare.

Tree Classics Veggie Tree
Photo from djprybyl via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

While broccoli may not be the tastiest of vegetables, it is certainly one of the healthiest to eat, especially for people with age. Its health benefits include a high concentration of lutein and zeaxanthin, which help improve eyesight, and also soluble fiber and chromium, which regulate blood sugar levels. The vitamins A and K present in broccoli also aid in breaking down the vitamin D in our bodies, which in turn promotes better calcium absorption and bone growth.

For people on diet, the lettuce leaves in our veggie Christmas tree offer a light yet filling dining option. A cup of shredded lettuce leaves only has 12 calories and almost zero fat. Also, its high fiber and cellulose content improves digestion and promotes long-term weight control.

Enjoy a Sweet, Sugary Holiday

Since it’s summer, a little sweet treat wouldn’t hurt. Spruce up your beloved Christmas tree with delectable confectionery creations straight from your kitchen. This Christmas nougat candy, carefully placed in miniature baskets or decorative tins, makes a great highlight for your tree and a thoughtful gift for guests as well. In place of regular candy canes, you can create these fabric candy cane cone treats as creative and tasty accents. Hang up these cute and delicious iced Christmas cookie decorations to make your Christmas tree more fun to look at. If you want to save time baking edible decorations, go for these nifty gingerbread decorations from Tree Classics.

Christmas Cookies
Photo from starshaped via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Whichever edible idea you choose for your tree, you’re sure to enjoy a fun-filled Christmas in July.