your life is really busy, and who's isn't, then perhaps these quick and
easy ideas will help rev up your health. You'd be surprised to see how
quickly little things add up.
fast food is the only options you have, order it with extra
"veggies". Whether it is a sub, a taco or a burger, ask them
hold the cheese and add extra lettuce and tomato.
- Want a pizza? Ask for very light cheese,
skip the meat and add another veggie.
time to get your morning or evening walk in? Get a $5
and keep track of your steps. Everyday try to add 100 or more
steps into your routine than the previous day.
time to pack a full lunch? Think outside the box.
big bowl with rinsed and drained kidney beans, order a small chili at
the drive through and mix it with your beans. It will stretch
your budget and help with the calories too.
to fidget! People who regularly "fidget" throughout the day
generally leaner and burn more calories than non-fidgeters.
- "Dying" for ice cream?
Order a sorbet instead!
a family activity after dinner during these longer summer
Take up bike riding and keep track of your miles.
you can "climb" Pike's Peak or "bike" across your state before the days
get too short.
Kale Soup Recipe
I was busy
playing with the
kids last week and didn't get home in time to spend much time preparing
dinner. I threw this recipe together, put it all in my
cooker and had a hearty and very tasty soup in under 30
The kids loved it too!
celery - chopped
potatoes - chopped
1 bunch Kale
- de-stemmed and chopped
McKay's chicken broth
approx 1 cup
ingredients in pressure cooker, except soy milk
high pressure, then cook approximately 2-3 min.
water or natural release method
stir-stick (immersion blender) to puree
Add soy milk
to desired thickness, heat and serve.
nutrition facts for cantaloupes
Only 100 calories for
High in vitamin A, C
Contain myoinositol -
a lipid that helps with anxiety, insomnia and hardening of the arteries.
Contain the greatest
amount of digestive enzymes than any other melon.
Recommended by the
American Cancer Society as powerful agents in the fight against
intestinal cancer and melanoma.
Contain 95% water by
weight and only 5% sugar by weight.
kitchen! It's the start of early summer and time to really
life and all it has to offer. This time of year I think
and easy" for everything - it's starting to get too warm to handle
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at last Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner! That
means that fresh, locally grown produce is starting to show up in our
local produce markets and grocery stores. One of my favorites is the
or Southeastern grown
cantaloupe. Up until now, cantaloupes have been coming from Central America .
Although they may sometimes be tasty, they
tend to be somewhat smaller and just don't ignite my taste buds like
the local varieties do. Expect to see U.S grown cantaloupes from May
until around October.
grows about 70% of the crop, followed by Texas
and Arizona , although
lopes are grown in most states that have a long enough growing
Not only do
cantaloupes taste great, but they are known as a "Superfood" for your
skin and immune system.
having handled literally thousands of cantaloupes each year as they
came off our truck at our produce market, we have a pretty good idea of
how to tell the good ones from the bad ones. Our one word of caution
when selecting a cantaloupe is to not shake them!
simply dislodges the seeds and you end up with a slushy mess when you
cut it. Once the seeds are dislodged, the melon will start to rot
instead of ripen. If the melons are picked locally and not
shipped halfway across the country, you will usually find them with a
slight green netting or a golden color. You can buy them either way,
just make sure to let them ripen on your counter. Before cutting the
lope, its skin should be golden and may be starting to indent. They are
often picked prior to being ripe and need several days at room
temperature to ripen. If your lope ripens before you are ready to eat
it, be sure to store it in the refrigerator where it can keep 7 to 10
days. Cantaloupes are sensitive to ethylene gases and can over-ripen
quickly. If you've purchased two or three melons on sale, store them on
the kitchen counter, check them daily for ripeness, and refrigerate
them as soon as you judge them ready.
Begin by cutting the cantaloupe in half. Using a spoon, scoop out the
seeds. Remove and discard the strings as well. The melon can then be
cut into slices, quarters, wedges, or chunks and served by itself
or in a fruit salad combo as a side dish, for dessert or breakfast.
And last, save the
seeds for the birds and squirrels - they love them!