July 21, 2020
How will you enjoy TACO TUESDAY?
There are many great combinations of flavors to enjoy on Taco Tuesday. Grab tortillas or hard shells and your favorite protein. Add some veggies, salsa, and your favorite fixins’. You just can’t get it wrong! Tacos are a great way to get a balanced meal in an all-in-one entrée.
Beyond a sweet and savory salsa, have you tried tacos with a sweet spin? I don’t mean those novelty ice cream snacks you can get which are shaped like a taco. Instead of a traditional fruit salsa or a fruit salad for a side dish or dessert, kick up the flavors a bit. Sweeten up your Taco Tuesday by grilling the fruit! https://inseasonezine.com/home/grilled-fruit-tacos/
Dietitians Dish – July 20, 2020
Three cheers for CHERRIES!
Their high potassium helps control blood pressure and risk for stroke. With half of Americans having high blood pressure, the potassium in cherries may help to reduce risks for developing cardiovascular disease. As a source of melatonin, cherries might also help you sleep better. Being well-rested is part of overall wellness and disease management. And those are just three great reasons to include cherries into your healthy lifestyle.
With a short growing season, it’s important to get cherries and stone fruits when they’re available. And, they’re most economical when in-season because there are good deals to be had! Looking for a different way to enjoy them? Fruits are great on the grill. Yup, you heard that right! It enhances their sweetness and gives them a caramelized flavor. Create cherry and stone fruit skewers to throw on the grill for a quick snack or dessert.
Grilled Stone Fruit Skewers
- 8 (6-inch) wooden skewers
- 2 peaches, pitted, cut into 8 pieces each
- 2 plums, pitted, cut into 8 pieces each
- 2 nectarines, pitted, cut into 8 pieces each
- 16 cherries, stems removed, pitted
- 2 Tbsps. unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
July 18, 2020
What’s on the menu for SUPERFOOD SATURDAY?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a superfood as a food that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health. A few common “superfoods” they identify are salmon, broccoli, and blueberries. Although there may be a lot of marketing hype around defining foods as “superfoods”, there are more positive reasons to include them in a healthy eating plan. The main thing to keep in mind is that they are not miracle foods to ward off every type of illness or health condition. It is possible that you’ll be in better health if you include them than if you don’t, so long as you’re practicing a healthy lifestyle and balanced eating plan without too many processed foods that are high in added sugars, fat, etc.
Salmon is a source of heart-healthy Omega-3 fats. So, if you’re looking to include salmon into your menu, this spicy mix is a delicious option. Grilling on a cedar plank makes it so simple and flavorful, you can’t go wrong! http://eatrightforlifeonline.com/home/cedar-planked-salmon-with-jalapeno-corn-salsa/
July 16, 2020
It’s THANKFUL THURSDAY!
Start your day with a positive thought or by focusing on at least one thing for which you’re grateful. Mindset is a powerful thing. It takes a conscious effort to focus on the positive for positivity to take hold. It’s much too easy for negative thoughts to take hold and become entrenched in our minds. We need to work extra hard and devote time each day to focus on the positive.
And, with all the negativity and darkness in our world today, it’s more important than ever to find the positive ways to shine a light. If the one thing you’re grateful for is a person, take a moment to tell them. Make a phone call, send a text or email, video chat with them, or simply drop a letter in the mail. Share what makes them so special in your life. Why are you thankful for them? A kind word goes a long way! It’ll brighten someone’s day when they least expect it. Plus, it’s likely to make you feel all warm & fuzzy putting a smile on someone’s face.
If you’re like me and love showering others with gifts to see their joy… then this task is right up your alley. But, if you’re someone who enjoys the receiving end more, then consider this my personal challenge to you. Start each day with a positive thought and make sure you spread it to others. Hopefully you will find your joy by making someone else’s day.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi – “Be the change you wish to see in the world!”
July 15, 2020
WELLNESS WEDNESDAY… it’s gut check time!
With trillions of bacteria in our body, they’re important to our health and fighting diseases. Those in our gut (i.e. digestive tract) need to be diverse and plentiful for a healthy microbiome. Feeding ourselves a variety of foods that help our body eliminate the bad bacteria, while keeping the good, is something we don’t fully understand. Eating a diet high in fiber from various sources is a good place to begin.
There are numerous foods that can build a healthy microbiome, with probiotics and prebiotics being an important part of the topic. But just what are prebiotics vs. probiotics? And what foods should we include more of in a healthy diet?