With summer in full swing, I hope everyone is embracing these warm days after the long winter we had!
Believe it or not, this is the perfect time of year to establish healthy HABITS before we enter the COLD days of winter.
We all know how important routine exercise is. And luckily, exercise can be found anywhere this time of year: Do some yard work, or these walking lunges in your backyard. Walk in the sand, or do these strength exercises at the beach or at a park. Take a walk outside on your lunch break. If it’s super-hot: go for a speed walk the mall, or clean your house in exercise mode (I do this one all the time!): get in exercise clothes, turn on energy pumping music, engage your core while you’re mopping, or cleaning the tub, etc. Go up and down the stairs multiple times. Do whatever it takes to get your heart rate elevated!
This is also the perfect time of year to eat local and enjoy the fresh produce that is abundant. Spend a morning at a farmers' market to get inspired, or look to see what's fresh and local at your grocery store. If you see something that looks like it might be fun to try, but you’re not sure what to do with it- ask me, the internet, or the farmer at the stand! This is a list of some of our local markets. Please let me know if I forgot one, and I will update the list.
FYI- I’ll be doing 30 minute cooking demonstrations at the Danbury Farmer’s Market 8/18, 9/29, and 10/20 at 10:30 AM. Come visit! I’ll be demonstrating quick and easy healthy dishes.
The Environmental Working Group has updated their Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list. Remember that if you can’t buy organic for the dirty dozen, make sure to clean the produce thoroughly. I use a 1:4 ratio of distilled white vinegar and water. 1 part vinegar, 4 parts water. I keep it in a spray bottle on my sink for quick and easy washing. Or fill the sink to immerse large batches of produce.
And now for some light and easy summer recipes to help with the healthy eating!
LOVE this idea! For a short-cut, use an Everything Bagel seasoning like this Trader Joe’s “Everything but the Bagel seasoning. It’s my favorite!
Love this healthy version of a layer dip!
SO refreshing. I love making this dish!
This is a great one to bring to a party, or to make at home for a grab-an-go lunch/dinner. Switch up the grain to whichever you like.
Who doesn’t love a healthy dessert?! No need to feel guilty with this one. SO delicious, and SO easy to put together.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!