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Summer has officially started and so far, has been wonderfully not hot. Remember to keep yourselves hydrated. Once you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Remember to put on sunblock, the amount of which would fit in a shot glass should be sufficient to cover you. I hope everyone has a great summer and if I haven't seen or heard from you in a while, let me know what you are up to!!
Another warning: Just tonight I spent hours at the urgent care with my new dog, Sargeant Pepper. With all the chemicals and such that we use for our gardens, it may be easy to leave something out. In our case, it was some rat poison that I had put out in our garage a couple of years ago when I had an unwelcome houseguest. I had swept in the area since then but Pepper managed to stick his nose in to get it, and before I could get to him, had already been chewing on it for a couple of seconds. He seems fine now and luckily I got him to the vet within 10 minutes of realizing what he had found. With my kids getting older, and my last dog being fairly big, and having not realized that there was still rat poison in the garage, I had gotten fairly complacent.
Eating tip of the Month
Summer offer opportunity to improve nutrition.
I saw this headline in the Merury News last week and with glee, cut it out and paraphrase it for you. I always love summer for the huge of variety of fruits and vegetables that are now in season. The kids love the berries and my older one, loves the plums and peaches.
In the article, there were three factors to consider when trying to encourage children to eat more good foods and less of those snacks that are high calorie and low nutrition.
Factor 1: don't make an issue of what children can or can't eat. Remember the more forbidden something is, the more attractive it can be.
Factor 2: Don't make bad habits easy. In other words, don't keep those unhealty munchies in easy reach. Replace them with a bowl of fresh fruit that is easy to grab.
Factor 3: When children say they have had enough, don't force the issue to make them eat more. Let them recognize the signals that their bodies put out to know when they are full.
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Recipe of the Month:
Hoisin and Lime-Marinated Grilled Chicken- My first use of the grill this summer and I tried this recipe from the current month of Cooking Light (what? you didn't think I made up these recipes myself, did you?) After hours digging in my backyard, which is now actually starting to look like a place you would want to go out and relax in, it was quite gratifiying to fire up the old grill, even more so with this yummy recipe.
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
Combine hoisin sauce, ginger, and next 5 indgredients (through garlic) in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken to bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours, turning the bag occasionally.
Prepare grill. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill for 5 minues on each side or until chicken is done.
Yield 6 servings.
per serving: 243calories, 39.9g protein, 6.4 g carbohydrates, 4.5 g fat, 0.9 g saturated fat, 99 mg cholesterol, 618 mg sodium, 0.4 g dietary fiber
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