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Fruit of the Month: Peaches

Peach is a fruit native to china, but cultivated in almost all the countries with a cool climate. They have an outer skin that is reddish-yellow in color, while the flesh is either white or yellow. Peaches that have a white flesh are usually very sweet and have very little acidity. However, the yellow-fleshed ones typically have an acidic tang, coupled with sweetness. A peach is extremely rich in vitamin A and potassium, apart from abounding in a number of other nutrients, making them rank very high in nutritional value and good for the health of an individual.

Did you know Peaches help make the skin healthy and also add color to the complexion? They do! They are delicious and help you stay beautiful. You can’t lose!

Dr. Walker’s Summer Grilling Tips!

I love everything about summer; the weather, swimming, outdoor parties and especially the food! Now you all know I love to cook and this is perfect weather to get outside and grill up something fabulous for my friends and family! Here are some of my tips for grilling this summer. Enjoy!

  • Get a good cut of meat–at least a full inch of thickness will guarantee your meat stays tender, moist and delicious.
  • Marinate! Marinating meat overnight adds flavor and keeps meet tender. Use about one and a half cups of marinade for every pound of meat.
  • Always use tongs to turn meat on the grill. Some people use a fork but I’ve found that this pokes holes in the meat and allows all of that good moisture to escape.
  • Add salt (kosher is best) and seasonings to meat before grilling. Add BBQ sauce or ketchup after.

Fruit of the Month: Strawberries

The USDA recommends that you eat at least five servings of fresh fruits daily, but unfortunately, most people don’t even come close.  Adding some delicious, fresh strawberries to your diet, is a great way to get the servings of fruit you need for a well-rounded body and a healthy immune system.

Strawberries contain many nutrients such as the always-important Vitamin C. They also contain significant levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which fight those free radicals I was telling you about in my new book. These antioxidant properties are believed to be linked to what gives the strawberry its signature bright red color.

In addition to vitamin C, strawberries also provide an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Your goal this month is to incorporate the Strawberry into your diet and daily life as much as possible to help you fall in love with this delicious seasonal fruit all over again! be sure to send me your favorite recipes! I’m posting one of my all-time favorites below….enjoy!

Recipe of the Month: Guilt-Free Strawberry Shortcake

1 pre-baked angel food cake ring

1 (3 oz.) pkg. strawberry Jello, sugar free

1 sm. frozen strawberries (or 1 c. fresh)

1 sm. Cool Whip

Place berries on bottom of  mold. Ease in shortcake (upside down over berries). Pierce cake with fork 6 to 8 times. Pour Jello slowly over cake, seal and freeze 1/2 hour. Remove, wait 10 minutes. Remove from mold and insert Cool Whip in hole of mold.

Love Always,

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

1 pre-baked angel food cake ring
1 (3 oz.) pkg. strawberry Jello, sugar free
1 sm. frozen strawberries (or 1 c. fresh)
1 sm. Cool Whip
Place berries on bottom of jell ring mold (Tupperware is best mold). Ease in shortcake (upside down over berries). Pierce cake with fork 6 to 8 times. Pour Jello slowly over cake, seal and freeze 1/2 hour. Remove, wait 10 minutes. Remove from mold and insert Cool Whip in hole of mold.

Valentine’s Day 2010

What’s everyone doing for Valentine’s day this year?

 I’d be interested to hear your thoughts–especially regarding where you’re taking your sweetie, what you’ll be eating, what you’ll be wearing and what kind of gifts you got! I’ve been telling everybody is to buy your valentine a gift card this year to a store they enjoy instead of chocolates! Let them pick out some new clothes, or a CD instead. Gifts are always better when you get to choose them yourself anyway.

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