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Archive for June, 2011

Summer squash

I am squash fanatic!  One of my favorite ways to prepare squash in the summer:

Thoroughly wash large green zucchini and yellow squash, and cut off ends.   Using the wide teeth of a cheese grater, slide the squash long ways  to make strips, turning as you go along.  Heat a pan with a tbsp of olive oil, toss in squash and season with garlic and salt and pepper.  Saute for a few minutes.  Place on plate and top with your favorite seasoned, grilled or baked fish.  You can also add some couscous or quinoa to round out this simple dish.  This makes approx. four servings.  Enjoy!

Grilled Salmon with Peach Avocado Salsa

This is one of my favorite summer recipes!  Its fresh, offers fruit and healthy oils, and can be modified to include your preferred flavors.  I make this salsa with nectarines, and put it on all sorts of fish.

Salsa:  Prepare less than 1 hour before.   Toss ingredients.

1 medium size peach, diced

1 avocado, pealed and diced

3 green onions, tops

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped

2 tablespoons of lime juice or juice of a lime

 

4 Salmon steaks, or two large fillets cut, with skin/scales removed.

Rub both sides of Salmon with olive oil and  1 crushed clove or tsp of garlic, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Place on pre-heated grill, grill basket or block, and cook approx. 5 minutes on each side or until Salmon is somewhat flaky.   Sqeeze lemon onto fish.   Be sure not to overcook or blacken as this will dry out the fish.

Salsa:  Prepare and refrigerate at up to 1 hour before.   Toss ingredients.

1 medium size peach, diced

1 avocado, pealed and diced

3 green onions, tops

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped

2 table sp0onof lime juice or juice of a lime

Place salmon on place and spoon salsa over top.

Servings: 4

Serve with a fresh green salad.

 

 

Takin’ it up a notch!

In Week 3 and 4 of the 27 days to get in shape for summer plan, we individually addressed the changes to  diet that each person wrote down and reviewed their weekly schedule.   The most common changes:  keeping a journal, drinking more water, and planning extra activities for physical activity.

For many of us, this practice uncovered some clear steps each person needed to take continue to make a plan for better health and exercise.  As our lives are ever changing, this process must be ongoing to accommodate the changes in our routine, vacations, celebrations, and setbacks.  Setbacks are only temporary if you continue to monitor your weekly schedule.

As we embark on the summer season, remember to plan your diet and options for physical activity  in advance.  If you will miss some of your personal training appointments or exercise classes while you are away, be sure to schedule an alternate session prior to your departure and for sessions/classes that will keep you on track for your return.

Then, you can enjoy your summer knowing you will be on track to reach your short term goals and 2011 resolutions!