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Eating Healthy for Summer Holidays

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

The Summer Holidays are upon us and everyone is looking forward to the hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad, watermelon, and lemon meringue pie.  Healthy? Not exactly, while some foods, mentioned have some healthy aspects most of those food are acid foods.  What is wrong with acid foods you ask?  They are a large part of the causes of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.   The old saying “We are what we eat” is very relevant  is this case.  How does one make traditional summer holiday food healthy?  Answer: we get sneaky.  We add some healthy alternatives that are attractive to eat.  Color is everything.  First, don’t buy your meal, make it.  That goes for most of the foods you are eating.  Then you can control what your family eats.  Here are some suggestions. While you cannot do much with the Hamburger(the beef is very acidity), we can add some more vegetables to go on top of it.  For the lettuce use green leaf lettuce not iceberg.  Try topping the hamburger with avocado besides the tomato.  To the potato salad add celery, red pepper, chopped finely.  Make a Cole Slaw with red and green cabbage and maybe some sliced carrots. Add some other barbecue veggies to the choose from besides corn on the cob, like; marinated red and yellow peppers, onions, and portabella mushrooms.  Choose hummus instead of sour cream onion dip. Use the dip with cut celery and carrots sticks, sliced cucumber, sliced radishes and possibly broccoli.   Add nuts, especially almonds if no one has a nut allergy, as a snack food.  The desserts are the hardest.  Possible put lemon curd into bowls with pomegranate seeds on top instead of lemon meringue pie.   The crust is the problem with the pie as the hamburger bun is the problem with the hamburger. For gluten-free individuals the  gluten-free bun is not very tasty  so they sometimes eat the hamburger with the lettuce.  That is the optimal choice, but not everyone with go for that.  Your best bet is for others not needing gluten-free buns is to get a bun that are whole wheat with other grains like quinoa.  That will cut down the acidity of the meal.  That’s all of my suggestions.  Check my summer recipes section for recipes. Everyone have a healthy and safe Summer.