Author: Jessica Shupp
With summer in full swing and temperatures reaching triple digits the past week at least we can rejoice for the abundance of summer fruits and vegetables available to us here in the Central Valley. While some fruit and vegetable plants may be greatly affected by the scorching heat other plants are beginning to thrive. We have our local farmers to thank for our assortment of summer fruits, like peaches, nectarines, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, and melon, and vegetables such as, corn, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, and bell peppers just to name a few.
Click here for some easy summer recipes provided by Champions for Change that will not heat up your house, but have an explosion of nutritious value.
Author: Jessica Shupp
Did you know that the skins of fruits and vegetables contain great nutritional benefits?
So many people toss peels and skins from apples, carrots, oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, potatoes, papayas and other tropical fruits, but only if they knew what they were really throwing away. We are going to share why you should keep these peels and skins in your diet to help protect against cancer, other diseases and to support your organs.
Want a healthier, sharper, better-functioning brain? It’s easier than you may think. Try these simple, science based tips to power up your brain.
Oldest adults who walk briskly reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. The benefits of physical activity for heart health are well-known. However, minimal research has been done on the population of people 75 years and older.
Show your brain some love. Your brain is the command center of your body - and just like your heart, lungs and other critical organs, it deserves to be a priority when it comes to your health.
Originally posted in the Young at Heart Instructor Newsletter - July 2015
Here in the California Valley, we experience hot temperatures. Please be summer safe, look out for these summer conditions (sunburns, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke). Heat illness includes heat cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Please be aware of early symptoms such as: fatigue, heavy sweating, headache, cramps, dizziness, high pulse rate, nausea/vomiting. Some life-threatening symptoms are: high body temperature, red, hot, dry skin, confusion, convulsions, fainting.
Stay alert to the weather. During heat waves you are at a greater risk of getting sick, so drink enough cool, fresh water. It is recommended that you drink at least one 8-ounce cup every 15 minutes if you are out in the sun.
Below is a list of some symptoms and what you should do to help recover.
There are a lot of ways to serve fresh fruits and vegetables. If you need to store them for more than a day before serving, follow the storage guidelines below for the best taste and texture.
Many fruits and vegetables should be stored only at room temperature because refrigerator temperatures damage them or keep them from ripening to a good flavor and texture. Produce that should be stored at room temperature include:
Ripen on the Counter, and then Store in the Refrigerator
Some produce continue to ripen after they are picked. Produce that can ripen in a bowl or in a paper bag until they reach the desired softness include:
Cabinet or Pantry Storage
Produce that should be stored in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated place includes:
Onions Garlic Potatoes Sweet Potatoes
Originally posted in the Young at Heart Instructor Newsletter - January 2015
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