Most Americans aren’r drinking enough water, and National data suggests fifty percent of children are underhydrated.
Improve your hydration and you could improve your health! That’s a motivating factor. Proper hydration isn’t just for athletes. Research from the University of Arkansas, Stavros Kavouras, Director of the Hydration Science Lab notes that water intake is assoicated with properly regulating blood glucose.
‘How much water should I drink?’ It’s a question I get asked often, and there is no perfect answer. Here’s the latest on hydration: Kavouras Discusses Benefits of Hydration //news.uark.edu/articles/42085/a
If your looking for ways to increase you fluid intake, try carrying a water bottle with you and keep a pitcher of cold water in the refrigerator. I like to make infused water, like this lemon, basil and strawberry infused water. Recipe below.
Fresh, fast, and delicious this bowl is packed with crisp tender vegetables, grilled chicken, a high fiber whole grain, juicy peaches and a light, honey, champagne vinaigrette. Eating a variety of foods (vs. the same ol’ thing) is good for your health. Now, more than ever, we have evidence to support the benefit of including a wide variety of foods to enhance health, including gut health. The microbiota (the term for micro-organisms that live on or in the human body) has emerged as important for overall health and current research suggests diet plays a large role. How do you include variety in your diet? I personally find it easy to let the calendar be my guide for choosing and diversifying fruits and vegetables. What are you savoring this month? Moi? I’m digging stone fruits (peaches, plums and cherries) and so are my Recipe Redux colleagues. As a matter of fact,
Start with baby lettuces and crisp tender veggies, layer with a whole grain, add in grilled chicken, and top with ripe, juicy peaches, basil and shredded mozzarella. Toss with a honey, champagne vinaigrette to blend all the flavors. It’s fast. Its’ delicious. It’s high in protein and fiber to keep you feeling full. I like to prep grilled chicken and some type of whole grain early in the week to use in bowls like this one. It makes assembly so quick and easy to make.
Take care of your health and enjoy something different today. Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this page for more stone fruit inspiration. Don’t wait; the season is short and the fruit is amazing.
Fresh rosemary rocks in this barbeque sauce that cuts both calories and sugar compared to most bottle sauces. Make it in under 15 minutes and use for dipping, grilling or marinading.I’ve been AWOL, but it’s good to be back doing what I’m most passionate about; showing you how to create delicious meals and snacks that will both fuel an active lifestyle and improve longevity. Earlier this Spring, I suggested three herbs perfect for the garden and for the grill. BTW, did you get an herb garden started? If so, you’re probably already enjoying fresh cuttings.
I love having fresh herbs at my fingertips because I can reduce the number of trips I take to the market, cut down on waste (no more wilted herbs in the refrigerator) and elevate culinary creations in an instant. This summer, I ‘ve been doubling up on my use of rosemary; adding it to salad dressings, marinades and bbq sauce. Sometimes I add it to bottled bbq sauce, but most often I make bbq sauce from scratch. Today I’m sharing a homemade bbq sauce recipe with fresh rosemary that eliminates additives and slashes sugar. I modified a favorite sweet bbq sauce recipe by using canned tomato sauce and tomato paste instead of catsup; then eliminated the sugar by substituting maple syrup and molasses. Yes, these both contribute some sugar, but they also have added benefits that sugar does not have (hello antioxidants and nutrients.) The total sugar content is about one half of that in a typical bottled bbq sauce, but your taste buds won’t miss it . Make it today and try it on chicken and shrimp and even temph.
Please let me know in the comments, how your using fresh herbs this summer.