HP means “Healthy Picnics”

We’re entering that wonderful season of outdoor meals – barbecues, picnics, family parties.  With a few wise choices, it’s easy to totally enjoy the fun and yet not lose focus on your health.

 
There is always a lot of noise made about either staying out of the sun or slathering your body with chemical concoctions that are called sunscreen.  A couple of points to think about:
     1. The sunshine is your best source of Vitamin D, an essential fat-soluble nutrient.
     2. If your diet and supplement regimen contain sufficient EFFs (essential fatty acids), you will find your body doesn’t burn so readily – if at all.  One easy preventive action for sunburn is to take 6 Cataplex F perles two hours before sun exposure.  
     3. If you choose to use sunscreen, be sure to purchase the least harmful product.  Trader Joe’s has a good one, I believe.
 
Then there is picnic food!  As always, we encourage you to make or purchase items that will be nourishing.  Picnic Potato Salad, devilled no-soy eggs, organic salads such as Bacon-less Broccoli Salad or Green No-Lettuce Salad, even a crock pot of homemade organic meatballs or chili – the choices are many!  And your food will be both delicious and guilt-free.  (Most of these recipes are found in Mrs. Thropay’s healthful eating cookbook, available in our office.)
  
Organic Corn Chips with organic salsa are an easy buy-and-take item. An ice chest of spring water bottles will be popular, too.
 
Here’s a very simple make-ahead recipe for a chilled vegetable dish that always goes over well :
 
ZESTY ZUCCHINI
 
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup organic white wine vinegar
1 tsp. dried basil (or use 2 tbsp. fresh)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2-3 medium organic zucchini, thinly sliced
 

In a small bottle, shake the first six ingredients together.  Pour over zucchini and toss until all pieces are coated.  Chill for at least 2 hours, or until ready to serve. About 4 servings – but recipe can be multiplied.

 
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