Spotlight Recipes: Cucumber Madness
Did you realize these crunchy veggies contribute to your fluid needs? One medium cucumber is 96% water -- that's great for battling August's dehydrating temps. Cucumbers are pretty low in calories, too, with only 24 each and a good source of both vitamins C and K.
If you're a home gardener, you're probably knee-deep in cool cukes right now. Many varieties are in season and, if you aren't growing you're own, they're definitely available at your local farmers’ market or grocery store. Did you realize these crunchy veggies contribute to your fluid needs? One medium cucumber is 96% water -- chomp on some to help battle August's dehydrating temps. Cucumbers are also low in calories (24 calories each) and a good source of both vitamins C and K.
Spotlight Recipes: Mardi Gras Madness
This Mardi Gras celebrate Southern-style food without sticks of butter, mounds of meat, and gobs of heavy cream. These top healthy picks will make your mouth water and have your guests begging for more.
Spotlight Recipe: Chilled Cucumber Soup
With 84 calories per serving, this dish offers spoonfuls of cucumber, peppers, tomatoes and fresh herbs with tons of vitamin A, folate and potassium.
Spotlight Recipe: Mean Green Cucumber Juice
This chilled drink features a few simple ingredients: cucumbers, water and sugar. They all mix up into a brightly colored, refreshing cooler.
Spotlight Recipes: Granita
Dig in to these delicious frozen treats that are reminiscent of Italian ices. Granita’s are harder in texture than sorbets and contain less sugar. To make a granita, cook up a simple sugar (combo of sugar and water) and add flavors such as coffee, mint, juice and wine along with fruit. Once the mixture has begun to freeze (it takes about 3 hours), scrape the ice crystals every so often as they start to form. Once frozen, scoop and serve.
Spotlight Recipes: Chutney
Chutney is a simmered-down or pureed combo of fruit (or veggies), spices and herbs. Instead of deep frying or drowning your fish, pork or meat in heavy sauces, opt for a tangy bite of chutney instead.
Spotlight Recipes: Gazpacho
Enjoy a refreshingly cool (and super healthy) soup this summer. Traditional gazpacho is a pureed mixture of fresh tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, onions, celery and cucumbers but don’t be afraid to get creative. Shake things up—blend a batch of watermelon, red pepper or white grape gazpacho instead.
Spotlight Recipe: Michelada
Want something more exciting than bottled beer for your game-day bash? If your friends are Bloody Mary fans, this Mexican cocktail might be a winner. Lime and hot sauce liven up the flavor without adding calories.
Spotlight Recipe: Fish Tacos
Mix up your fish taco experience by using different kinds of firm fish and topping with homemade salsa.
Spotlight Recipes: Picnic Salads
Picnic season has arrived. Fire up the grill, toss on the hamburgers and steaks and don’t forget about those scrumptious side salads. Instead of gobs of fat and oodles of calories, here are delicious (and healthy) versions of the classics.
Spotlight Recipe: Speedy Soup
Try this simple soup as a quick starter to a dinner party or an easy lunch.