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Archive for July, 2011

Healthy Living Tips #25

Good morning!

Hope you are having a great weekend- how did the tweaks go?  Success?

Today’s tip is to enjoy the day, enjoy the sunshine, and eat something new and different!

At dinner last night, a friend was raving about this salad he had on a recent trip to Greece.  Please find Paula Deen’s version below from the Food Network.

Enjoy!

Watermelon Salad with Mint Leaves

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Prep Time: 20 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (5-pound) watermelon
  • 1 Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 6 whole mint sprigs

Directions

Cut the flesh from the melon and cut into bite size pieces, removing and discarding the seeds, and set aside.Peel and slice the onion into rings.

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, salt, pepper, and whisk until salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, a few drops at a time. Add in the chopped mint, taste, and adjust seasonings.

In a large bowl, combine the melon, onion, and feta. Pour the dressing over the melon mixture and toss gently until everything is coated and evenly mixed. Garnish with mint sprigs.

To serve, divide salad among individual plates and garnish with mint leaves.

 

Healthy Living Tip #24

It’s Saturday-

Today’s tip is to make sure that you do something for yourself!  Sometimes we get so caught up in getting ‘caught up’ on the weekend, that we forget to make a little time for fun things!

I’m taking an hour this morning to sit with my stitching on the deck and just enjoy the warm sunshine!  In Boston, the sunshine will be replaced with lots and lots of snow soon enough!

Have a great day, y’all!

My favorite morning run spot, along the Charles River!

Healthy Living Tip #23

It’s FRIDAY!  You made it!  Start the day by giving yourself a pat on the back and reminding yourself that yet another gorgeous summer weekend is right around the corner!

If you are anything like me, you probably find that during the week it is easier to get into a routine and make healthy choices.  It seems like 5pm on Friday is a magic stroke of Happy Hour that means more wine, more snaking or eating out and maybe a workout!

Today’s mission is to figure out one ‘tweak’ to your usual weekend!  Don’t go crazy- the wonderful thing about weekends is recharging your batteries and spending time with friends, family and doing all the fun things you might not have time for during the week.

For me, I usually slack on my healthy eating and working out.  My goal is to eliminate the usual Friday Happy Hour chips and salsa and add in an extra walk around the neighborhood with the puppy!

Let me know what ‘tweaks’ you’ll be making and how you did with the change!

Flower Success!

So, this year we moved into a new home and I’ve had a great time planning our flower and garden beds.  I’ve had some minor successes (2 cherry tomatoes) and some major failures (a bleeding heart, hydrangea, spinach, carrots, etc) to date.

BUT, today I came home and the garden was just beautiful.  Check out two of my major successes below!

Here are some flowers- from me to you!  Hope you are having a great week!

And, for some advice on how to keep fresh flowers looking gorgeous for more than a week, check out this Real Simple article (hint: use those packets that come from florist flowers!)

Zinnias- grown from Burpee seeds!

 

Love my hydrangeas! Unfortunately, so do the dogs!

Healthy Living Tip #22

Eat your fruit~

The summer is the best time to enjoy fresh fruit!  Make a point today to sneak in an extra serving of fresh fruit.  Add some blueberries to your cereal or yogurt, take some watermelon for lunch or serve some peaches for dessert.

Or, try this amazing recipe for dinner, featured in Cooking Light, June 2008:

Photo by: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

Grilled Peaches over Arugula with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto

For a bit of crunch, sauté the prosciutto in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for two minutes or until crisp

  • YIELD: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups arugula mixture, 3 peach wedges, about 1/3 ounce prosciutto, 1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic syrup, and 1 teaspoon cheese)
  • COURSE: Salads

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 peaches, pitted and each cut into 6 wedges
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash of kosher salt
  • 10 cup trimmed arugula (about 10 ounces)
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese

Preparation

1. Bring vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer until vinegar is reduced to 2 tablespoons (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in honey. Cool to room temperature.

2. Prepare grill to high heat.

3. Place peach wedges on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 30 seconds on each side or until grill marks appear but peaches are still firm. Remove from grill; set aside.

4. Combine oil, pepper, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add arugula, tossing gently to coat. Arrange arugula mixture on a platter. Top with peach wedges and prosciutto. Drizzle with balsamic syrup; sprinkle with cheese.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

  • Calories: 100
  • Calories from fat: 36%
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 3.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 13.1g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Cholesterol: 7mg
  • Iron: 0.8mg
  • Sodium: 183mg
  • Calcium: 61mg
Cooking Light JUNE 2008
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