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 :
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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