Mixed Greens & So Much More!

Did you know that May is National Salad Month?  Established in 1992 by the Association of Dressings and Sauces, this is a time for baby boomers and older adults to celebrate healthy eating with all things green and fresh!

Here’s a brief “salad” history from the National Today website:

–4th century BC: Artistotle extols the virtues of swiss chard.

–1504: The goddess of fertility holds a bouquet of lettuce in a Leonardo Da Vinci painting, the first depiction of salads in art.

–1894:  The development of iceberg lettuce heralds in the solution to long- distance lettuce transportation problems.

–1924: The Caesar salad is “invented” by Caesar Cardini, an Italian chef working in Tijuana.

–1939: The first salad bar is established in a Chicago restaurant.

Not a big salad lover?  Below are a few suggestions to get started, because all you need is the momentum to enjoy these foods–ripe with fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, color, and flavor!

Learn how to build a beautiful, nutritious salad at my party on June 2.

  • A great way to start is with one small change.  Maybe one side salad per week in the evening.  Or one weekly entree salad for lunch this summer.
  • Change out a veggie side dish for a house salad when dining out.
  • Even fast-food restaurants provide a plethora of salad offerings.
  • Buy a Tower Garden and enjoy fresh produce daily right outside your door.  Talk about “farm-to-fork!”
  • Prepare a salad in a jar.  With a wide-mouthed quart-sized Mason jar, start with dressing and heavy vegetables (beans, carrots, corn, broccoli), and move on to celery, zucchini, fresh fruit, and nuts; top with your favorite leafy greens.

Learn how to build a beautiful, nutritious salad at my upcoming salad-in-a-jar party, June 2, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, in Temecula, southern California–my home: 40521 La Cadena Ct, 92591.  RSVP to discuss what to bring–951 533-2612.

 

Up to My Eyeballs in Kale!

Like many baby boomers and older adults, I love fresh produce!  And I really adore it when I know where it’s grown (my own backyard) and what goes into it (water, air, and liquid mineral blend nutrients).  Fresh, local, pesticide-free, full of nutrients, tasty, colorful–the adjectives go on and on…

As many of you know, I’ve enjoyed aeroponic vertical gardening with my Tower Garden for almost a year now.  In fact, documenting my Tower plants’ growth is one of my favorite Instagram activities!

Confessions–I’ve always felt a bit embarrassed by my lack of a green thumb.  My father tended a very successful backyard mini-farm when I was younger, and my mother was fabulous with all plants.  But I, on the other hand, have what I call a “black thumb.”  I either over-water, under-water, or just ignore my plants–to death.

But my current gardening system takes only once-a-week water and maintenance.  And this spring, it’s served up an abundance of produce: spinach, parsley, cilantro, green onions, many types of lettuce, and kale.  And boy, do we have a plethora of kale, growing copiously at eye level and beyond!

Yep, that’s kale I’m reaching for!

I’ve never been a huge fan of kale, though I know it’s a very healthful veggie.  But with such a large supply right out my back door, I’ve learned to tolerate and even enjoy it.

I’ve chopped it for salads, sliced it for omelets, ripped it up for smoothies, and soon will be shredding it for baked kale chips.

Anybody have any great recipe ideas?

Kale is definitely worth eating, as it’s an excellent source of:

  • fiber
  • calcium (And unlike spinach, the calcium in kale is more readily absorbed)
  • antioxidants
  • potassium
  • vitamin K (People taking blood thinners such as warfarin or Coumadin should speak to their doctor before consuming a lot of kale, as the vitamin K could interfere with the activity of these medications)

And this green leafy may help improve blood glucose control in people with diabetes, lower the risk of cancer, support heart and skin health, and help prevent the development of asthma.

If you want more information about Tower Gardens, check out this website.

My Big Secret, Exposed!

As many of you know, my husband and I visited my sister and brother-in-law (Dina and Jeff) in northern California a couple weeks ago.  Well, a funny thing happened to me in their kitchen one evening.  You see, Jeff rounded the corner about 9:00 pm, … [Continue reading]

The Ripple Effect

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Spring Clean, part 2–Your Refrigerator

You've cleaned, organized, and re-stocked your pantry.  Now it's time to work on your refrigerator.  Like most baby boomers and seniors, you probably want to do this in the simplest way possible, while still supporting your health. Before you … [Continue reading]