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Healthy Living: Taking a Time Out


Taking a Time OutDo you get tired, cranky and frustrated, seemingly for no reason?

I do, sometimes. I’ll go ahead and admit it.

It happened yesterday morning.

I’d been going, going and going. Between work, kids and life, I hadn’t taken a moment to smell the roses, so to speak, in a really long time. I hadn’t exercised, slept well or really had a moment alone that I could remember. Showering doesn’t count.

I need alone time to recharge. Usually, my alone time is going home for lunch to a quiet house. I sit for a few minutes at the kitchen table, with no electronics, no phone, no computer, no one talking, and I recharge. During the summer, my kids are home, and I love coming home and having lunch with them. However, there goes my quiet time. I guess I could wake up earlier, but I don’t.

Yesterday, I went out on the back porch (leaving my phone inside), and I sat and watched the hummingbirds come to the feeder that I have hanging on a nearby tree. I just sat there, doing nothing but watching the birds, for about 15 minutes. Then, I came back inside and tackled the world again.

Everyone needs something different to recharge. Make sure you’re getting what you need to be the best person, friend, parent, employee or boss that you can be.

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Healthy Living: Low-Carb BLT Wraps


Low-Carb BLT WrapsWhen you’re low-carbing it, you still want delicious food that is satisfying.

This BLT minus the bread or mayo (you can add the mayo if you want, but if you do, whip up a homemade version; it’s so tasty) is just the thing.

Great for a snack, lunch or even breakfast, this simple take on the classic diner treat is much better for you than the original.

Low-Carb BLT Wraps

Ingredients:
2 large leaves romaine or bibb lettuce
2 hardboiled eggs, sliced
4 slices turkey bacon, crisply cooked
1 Roma tomato, sliced
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Spread out romaine leaves; lay them flat. Place turkey bacon down the center of each leaf. Top with egg slices and tomato slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roll up and serve immediately.

Serves 2

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 125, Fat: 6 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 184 mg, Sodium: 310 mg, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 13 g.

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Healthy Living: Grilled Chicken Thighs with Chimichurri Sauce


Two of my favorite healthy things are chicken thighs and chimichurri sauce.

But wait, you might said, chicken thighs are a dark meat, aren’t they higher in fat? Well yes, just a little, but they’re also higher in flavor and if you’re not eating them fried, then go for the extra flavor, I say. They’re still a lean meat and pack far more flavor into a smaller portion than any other piece of the chicken, in my opinion. The chicken thigh is great on the grill and stands up well to the bold flavors of  chimichurri sauce.

Chimichurri sauce is from Argentina and is like a garden on your plate. Full of fresh, bright, bold flavors, it’s simple to make and full of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. It’s all fresh, farm-to-table and just seeps into the chicken and makes it tender, juicy and even more flavorful.

Chimichurri is a great go-to summer staple as it’s also delicious on a grilled flank steak.

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients:
For the chimichurri sauce:
1 cup fresh parsley, packed
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, packed
1/4 cup fresh basil, packed
4 garlic cloves
2 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs onion, diced
2 Tbs red wine vinegar
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
12 medium, boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Directions:
For the chimichurri sauce:

In the bowl of a food processor, add all the sauce ingredients except the olive oil. Pulse and slowly stream in the olive oil until desired consistency. The chimichurri should have good body to it and should not be too smooth.

For the chicken:
Place the chicken in a large zipper-locked bag and add three quarters of the chimichurri sauce to the bag. Squeeze out excess air before sealing the bag. Gently toss to coat the chicken well. Refrigerate overnight for best results (or at least three hours).

When ready to cook, heat the grill to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grill grates or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place the chicken thighs on the grill an inch or two apart. Grill the thighs for 5-6 minutes each side, flipping only once, until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F. Serve immediately with the reserved chimichurri sauce for topping.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 356, Fat: 19 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 130 mg, Sodium: 227 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 43 g.

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Healthy Living: Spiralized Zucchini with Lemon Zest


Spiralized Zucchini with Lemon Zest I broke down last week and bought a kitchen gadget.

Usually, I’m of the firm belief that all you need is a sharp chef’s knife and some high-quality pots and pans. I’m sticking to that.

However, I bought a gadget last week that’s super fun, and I’ve used it probably 17 times since purchasing. I bought one of those slicers that turns vegetables into thin, spiral slices. It’s wonderful.

I’ve done zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, carrots and sweet potatoes. I’m sure you can do anything that you can press through the barrel of the slicer, but that’s what I’ve done so far. I’ve gone so far as to swap out zucchini for pasta noodles and served them under marinara sauce. They didn’t fool my kids for a second, but I was happy with them.

This has become my favorite side dish lately. It’s super quick and super healthy.

Spiralized Zucchini with Lemon Zest

Ingredients:
1 large zucchini
zest from 1 lemon
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Spiralize zucchini. Toss with lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place zucchini in pan. Sauté quickly until tender but still firm in the middle (about 3 minutes). Serve immediately.

Serves 2 (as a side dish)

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 35, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 489 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 2 g.

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Healthy Living: Banana Chips


Banana ChipsMy kids love bananas and can go through a bunch in the blink of an eye. Sometimes, for whatever reason, they sit on the kitchen counter, and I have to make a snap decision on what to do with the rapidly ripening fruit.

Often, I peel the bananas and freeze them, using the fruit for smoothies later.

Lately, I’ve been making banana chips. If I thought bananas went fast, these go faster. The boys gobble them up. Seriously, I have to hide them. They’re delicious plain or as a topping to yogurt or oatmeal.

Banana Chips

Ingredients:
10 bananas, thinly sliced (the more thinly sliced, the crisper they will be)
1 lemon, juiced

Directions:
Preheat oven to 200° F. Cover a baking sheet with foil, parchment paper or a baking mat, and lightly grease with cooking spray. Sprinkle banana slices with lemon juice.

Arrange bananas in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for 2 hours. Flip the slices, and then bake for an additional 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven, and transfer the chips to a wire cooling rack. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 266, Fat: 1 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 6 mg, Carbohydrates: 68 g, Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 36 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Healthy Living: Freeze Your Fruit


No doubt the summer months produce some of the best fruit of the year, but how do you maximize all those great flavors – and the nutritional value – later in the year?

You can freeze summer fruits for use a few months down the road without compromising their taste, textures or nutrients if you go about it the right way.

  • For raspberries and blackberries, rinse, dry thoroughly, and then spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place in the freezer overnight. The next morning, portion into freezer bags or containers and seal well.
  • For blueberries, remove stems, rinse and dry. Then, follow the same method for raspberries and blackberries.
  • For strawberries, rinse, dry completely and then remove stems. Chop or slice and freeze until solid.
  • If you want to freeze fresh cherries, rinse, dry, remove pits and slice before freezing until solid.
  • Bananas are easy. Just peel and freeze until solid. They’re great for smoothies and banana bread.
  • For stone fruits like peaches, rinse, dry, peel, slice, remove pit and freeze until solid.
  • Apples are easy, too. Rinse, dry, peel, cut into chunks and freeze until solid.
  • For melons, remove the inside flesh and chop. Freeze until solid.
  • Citrus fruits can also be frozen. Rinse, dry, slice or segment and freeze until solid.

All these fruits are great for smoothies, toppings on yogurt, mixed into oatmeal or cereal, or baked into breads, muffins or cookies. You get summer taste and nutrition all year long.



Healthy Living: A Nutritional Favorite – Watermelon


A Nutritional Favorite - WatermelonLast weekend, we bought a watermelon at Brookshire’s. Now it’s still May and watermelons are at their prime in early July, but this one, as my family declared, “tasted like a Fourth of July melon.”

Indeed it did, and we’re thankful to have access to such beautiful produce grown close to home.

Not only is watermelon delicious, but it’s super healthy, too.

Watermelons are mostly water, 92 percent, in fact. So, eating watermelon keeps you well-hydrated.

You can also eat a lot without fear of consuming too many calories! One cup of watermelon contains only 42 calories.

It also contains many other nutrients, including:

  • Vitamin C: 21% of the RDI
  • Vitamin A: 18% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 5% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 4% of the RDI
  • Vitamins B1, B5 and B6: 3% of the RDI

Watermelon is also high in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lycopene.

There’s no reason NOT to eat watermelon all summer long!



Shop the Sale: Berry Smoothie


Prep Time: 15 mins
Serves: 4

Your favorite time of year is finally here! Strawberries are in season and we have the best selection – and prices – with strawberries on sale all this week at Brookshire’s. Sweeten up your mornings with our Berry Smoothie or enjoy it anytime as a sweet treat that won’t ruin swimsuit season. Check out the full recipe below plus some savory strawberry recipe ideas in our Chef Tips section.

Ingredients
1 medium ripe banana (about 4 oz), peeled and cut crosswise into 8 pieces
8 oz strawberries, stemmed and cleaned
8 oz blueberries
1/2 cup whole or skim milk
1/2 cup apple juice
1 pinch table salt
1 to 2 Tbs granulated sugar, divided
2 to 3 tsp lemon juice, divided
3 ice cubes (about 1 1/2 oz)
Garnish to your liking with an abundance of fresh fruits, nuts, oats, etc.

Instructions
Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange banana and berries in single layer on baking sheet. Freeze fruit until very cold but not frozen, about 10 minutes. In blender, puree cold fruit, milk, juice, salt, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and ice until uniformly smooth, about 10 to 15 seconds. Taste for sugar and lemon. If desired, add more sugar or lemon, and blend until combined, about 2 more seconds. Serve immediately, garnished as desired.

Calories Per Serving: 125, Fat: 2 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 162 mg, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 2 g.

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Chef Tips

Berry Tasty Dishes
Strawberries aren’t just for desserts or eating straight from the carton. Although we highly recommend both methods, there are many savory options for this juicy berry as well. Some of our favorites are Turkey Fajitas with Strawberry-Jalapeno Salsa, Chipotle-Strawberry Glazed Pork Chops and Spicy Strawberry Gazpacho. For simpler meal ideas it’s hard to go past a Strawberry & Feta Spinach Salad (add chicken for lean protein) or you can go gourmet with your next grilled ham and cheese by choosing a buttery cheese like Havarti and topping with Strawberry Red Wine Jam. Even pizza or flatbreads pair well, with options like Strawberry, Basil & Balsamic Pizza and focaccia topped with berries, bacon, avocado and goat cheese.

How Sweet It Is
Not that you need any reason other than the sweet taste to eat strawberries, they’re also packed with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Finally, a treat that’s actually good for you! Get the most out of your strawberries by choosing berries that are firm, plump and a deep red color. Strawberries do not ripen further once picked, so it’s best to pick those that are fully ripened. If they’re dull or have yellow patches, they’re not ripe.



Healthy Living: Magnesium


MagnesiumOne of the few supplements I take each day is magnesium.

When I was filtering out my supplement needs, magnesium emerged as one of the few individual minerals that I needed to make sure I was taking enough of.

Magnesium can help hypertension and cardiovascular disease. It can also help correct kidney and liver damage. It can rectify peroxynitrite damage that can evolve into migraines, glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease. It can help with restless leg syndrome, PMS, insomnia, osteoporosis and fungal infections. It can contribute to an improvement in muscle weakness, cramps and impotence. Check with your physician to find out if you are magnesium-deficient and what kind of magnesium to take as a supplement.



Healthy Living: Using Sunscreen


Using SunscreenWe should all REALLY wear sunscreen all year long. Let’s be honest. How many of us don’t even think about it until the warmer months when the sun beats down a little more intensely than at other times?

I know I don’t (although I use a facial product with an SPF every single day, all year long).

As I was taking out the sunscreen today before a trip to the state park, I realized that I need to be a little more diligent about using sunscreen all year long.

Using sunscreen is the best way to help prevent melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. It also takes the consistent, proper use of sunscreen to make it most effective.

Use sunscreen every time you’re going to be outdoors, even in winter and on cloudy days. Ultraviolet rays can damage your skin under both conditions.

Use about  1 1/2 ounces of sunscreen each time you apply it, which should be about every 90 minutes in the sun, or more often if you’re swimming or sweating. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks all types of UV rays, with a number of 15 or higher.

Use sunscreen or wear protective clothing over every inch of your body. Adding a hat helps, as does wearing a cover-up over your swimsuit for beach days. Use a special sunscreen on your lips, and don’t forget behind your ears and on your scalp.

Remember, tanned skin doesn’t look healthy if it’s riddled with melanoma!

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