Ever try butter on saltines?
I’d forgotten about this childhood treat until a friend of mine mentioned it. We’d gathered for an informal dinner, and the next thing I knew we were all snacking on Glutino gluten-free crackers topped with Earth Balance (dairy-free) buttery spread.
It was almost like eating saltines with butter.
Of course, this was in addition to the veggie tray.
This treat led to some other fun childhood summer memories like:
*Catching lightning bugs and keeping them in a jar with air holes in the lid. I put my jar in the freezer. Why I did this, I’m not sure, however catching them was a favorite summer night pastime with my neighborhood buddies.
*Eating fresh peaches and nectarines and the juice running down my chin.
*Riding bikes with my friends and staying out until it got dark and our moms made us come in.
*Homemade ice cream on Sundays when friends came to visit—banana, vanilla, or peach. Never chocolate because my dad didn’t like chocolate ice cream.
*Having more time to read Nancy Drew mysteries.
*Running through the sprinkler on really hot days.
*Setting up a Kool-Aid stand and ending up in the red. I think I employed a few too many friends.
Consider taking some time to live summer like a kid. I got my bike out for the first time in ??? years. It was fun, although I need to toughen up my “sitting on a bike seat” muscles.
It’s Fruit and Veggie Time
Many people I consult with are practicing the art of increasing their fruit and vegetable intake. This is a great aspect of eating to focus on, and one that is much easier now that more of the produce is local.
A simple way to do this is to take note of the number of servings of vegetables and fruits you typically eat in a day. Practice increasing it by one a day over time. I find that eating a tossed green salad almost daily is an easy way to add 2-3 vegetables.
Take a handful or two of greens, and add any of the following: chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, sweet peppers, zucchini, carrots, etc.
Toss with a simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. Easy.
The ultimate goal is 10 servings per day. A good ratio is 3:1 vegetables to fruits, 5:1 if you’re interested in weight loss.
It’s easy for me to reach my fruit intake, tougher to get in the suggested number of veggies. I continue to practice.
Just try to do a little bit better.
Whatever health challenge you’re facing today, I’m here to support you.
“Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the tree house; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape…” — Harper Lee