Eating Green


In summer, sticking with the lighter fresher fair, gives us more energy which is perfect timing with this season. According to the traditional Chinese Medicine these foods are also cooling—all the more reason to eat in season!
Enjoy fruits like berries, apple, pear, peaches and plum; vegetables like summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, and corn; and spices and seasonings like cilantro and peppermint.
Enjoy them more fresh and raw. Sweet, ripe summer fruits are an excellent source of antioxidants, especially vitamin C, lycopene, and beta-carotene. Summer fresh fruits are great for snacks on their own, tossed in salads, blended in smoothies, or as toppings to sweeter treats. Eating green is better for us and the planet.

TRY GROWING IT, not sure how to start, visit your local garden nursery for lots of tips from the ideal soil and have your soil tested.

Sample menu ideas; easy green Recipes; grocery tips
Get the heat out of your kitchen, try more raw live foods—Get Juicy with it!

Smoothies with salba (newer super powerhouse grain-found in health sections/stores)
Yogurt parfaits with freshly ground flaxseed
Quark(use like yogurt-high in friendly bacteria-health section), muesli and fresh fruit topped with chia seeds (another super powerhouse seed-very expensive but a little goes along way-health section)

Fresh fruits
Fresh veggies and dip
Homemade trail mix made from Nuts and seeds with dried unsulphered fruit

Cool soups, try cucumber, gazpachio; also adding fresh herbs like basil, cilantro and peppermint, latter is cooling and calms the stomach and aids in digestion
Salads; be creative don’t just toss the greens really mix it up, try new combo’s of fruits, veggies, and nuts and seeds sparingly for added crunch.
Organic Ancient grains that are grown in Canada like spelt and kamut (easier to digest than wheat by those with wheat sensitivities) try it in pasta form, cooled and mixed with legumes, raw veggies and tossed with freshly squeezed citrus, fresh herbs and flaxseed oil dressing
Grilled veggies, poultry and fish(don’t over cook) add marinades for more flavour and safer grilling (try adding garlic, ginger, especially turmeric to your marinades for extra safe guard against potential cancer causing heterocyclic amines that are created when meats, poultry and fish are cooked at very high temperatures until they char. )

Frozen yogurt pops
Frozen fruits

Adding some flare to your water
Herbal teas,
Fresh fruit, oranges, lemons, limes and grapes
Fresh vegetables like cucumbers
Boost your tangy appeal by grating some fresh, healthful ginger into your cup.
Good for You tea, Green tea may impart antioxidant protection, great when you're soaking up the sun, and some fruity teas contain a vitamin C boost. Limit your sugar intake, can be a real energy zapper when in access

Helpers with Pizzazz
Dips, salsas, marinades, and lots of herbs, giving fresh fruit or veggie salsa’s a fresh squeeze of lime, lemon and a pinch of fresh herbs like basil, cilantro or mint will add liven things up.
Healthier Summer grilling tips  Switching from charcoal to a gas or electric grill to avoid the potential carcinogenic smoke hazard caused when grilling meats over charcoal. If using charcoal, avoid lighting fluid or self-lighting packages of charcoal briquettes - both may add residues from toxic chemicals to food. On the greener side of the barbecue, you may enjoy more vegetables if you marinate them and cook them on the grill. You don't have to worry about HCAs because they don't form on vegetables.