A Taste of Summer months

Prepared by Maggie O-Meara, Dietetic Intern, & Dani Rodriguez-Brindicci,&#13 Director of Medical Nourishment &#13 All through the heat summer months months, fruits and greens are at their peak&#13 ripeness and optimal taste. They are packed with nutritional vitamins, minerals and&#13 antioxidants very good for your overall health. Salads are a […]

Prepared by Maggie O-Meara, Dietetic Intern, & Dani Rodriguez-Brindicci,&#13
Director of Medical Nourishment

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All through the heat summer months months, fruits and greens are at their peak&#13
ripeness and optimal taste. They are packed with nutritional vitamins, minerals and&#13
antioxidants very good for your overall health. Salads are a wonderful way to incorporate a&#13
wide range of fresh make topped with very simple, tangy dressings. With just&#13
a tiny preparation, this recipe is best for summer potlucks, cookouts&#13
or picnics!

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Watermelon, in certain, is a fruit reduced in calories but complete of pure&#13
sweetness. It is wealthy in natural vitamins A and C to guidance immune perform,&#13
as very well as more compact quantities of potassium, magnesium, B nutritional vitamins and other&#13
health and fitness-protecting anti-oxidants. A single cup of watermelon incorporates 5 ounces&#13
of water—meaning this fruit will also preserve you hydrated on scorching summer times!

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For the duration of watermelon season, finding the finest-tasting melon can be a guessing&#13
game. The essential is to seem for the “yellow spot” on the exterior&#13
rind. Watermelons are inclined to create a white splotch the place they rest on the&#13
ground. When this splotch turns into a creamy yellow, it implies the watermelon&#13
is great and most likely at its peak sweetness.

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The easiest way to tell no matter if a watermelon is ripe is uncomplicated: Pick it&#13
up! It really should sense weighty in your palms, no matter its size. You can&#13
also try out tapping the underbelly of the watermelon with your thumb and&#13
listening for a deep, hollow audio. If you listen to this, it is brimming with&#13
juice and all set for consuming.

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If you have never ever attempted watermelon in a savory placing, these recipes for&#13
Watermelon, Tomato & Mint Salad and Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles&#13
will convert your style buds. Juicy and clean melon goes so well with&#13
creamy, tangy and crisp ingredients. When you attempt these sweet and savory&#13
recipes, you will set them on repeat for the relaxation of watermelon season.

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The mild and refreshing Watermelon, Tomato & Mint Salad is a healthful&#13
and colorful side dish with a flavor mix that will amaze your&#13
pals and spouse and children. The pop of mint would make the salad added exclusive. Provide&#13
it together with any summer time meal, such as portobello mushroom burgers, BBQ&#13
jackfruit sandwiches, rooster skewers or corn on the cob.

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The Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles are produced with three excellent-for-you ingredients—a&#13
delectable, chilly handle for youngsters and grownups on sizzling summertime times. They can&#13
be well prepared in minutes, have no extra sugar and sneak in nutrients! Don’t&#13
have popsicle molds or want to appreciate your frozen treat ideal away? Make&#13
a cucumber watermelon slushy alternatively! Just mix elements with a handful of&#13
handfuls of ice and serve with a spoon. 

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If you have inquiries or are fascinated in discovering far more techniques to&#13
assist develop a balanced and healthy way of life, make contact with 1 of our registered&#13
dietitian nutritionists at the Outpatient Clinical Nutrition Treatment Office&#13
or our Diabetic issues Self-Administration System, located in the Torrance Memorial&#13
Specialty Centre, 2841 Lomita Blvd., Suite 335, Torrance. Contact 310-891-6707. &#13
TorranceMemorial.org/diet&#13


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Watermelon, Tomato & Mint Salad

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Prep time: 15 minutes

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Whole time: 20 minutes

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Serves: 6

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Substances:

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  • 1 baby watermelon, seedless (about 3 pounds)
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
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  • 2 tablespoons clean lime juice
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  • 1 teaspoon pure honey
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  • kosher salt and black pepper
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  • 2 cups toddler arugula
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  • 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
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  • ¼ cup purple onion, thinly sliced
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  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
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  • 1/3 cup torn contemporary mint leaves
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  • drizzle of balsamic glaze (optional)
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Directions:

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Chill watermelon in fridge for greatest flavor. Use a sharp knife to take away&#13
the rind from watermelon and minimize into bite-sized cubes, about 1/2-inch pieces.

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Make the dressing. In a compact bowl, whisk with each other the olive oil, lime&#13
juice, honey, salt and black pepper. If you are preserving this dish to provide&#13
at a afterwards time, pack dressing and salad individually for maximum freshness.

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On a large plate or platter, set up the toddler arugula, watermelon, grape&#13
tomato halves and purple onion slices. Prime with cheese, mint and dressing.&#13
If working with balsamic glaze, drizzle appropriate in advance of serving.

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Nutrition Details:

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Per serving: calories: 165kcal, complete excess fat: 6.8g, saturated fat: 2.3g, cholesterol:&#13
6.7mg, sodium: 135mg, carbohydrates: 21.4g, fiber: 1.7g, sugar: 16g, protein:&#13
4.2g, potassium: 50mg

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Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles

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Prep time: 5 minutes

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Full time: 5 minutes

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Serves: 6

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Elements:

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  • 3 cups watermelon, seedless
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  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled and diced
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  • 1–2 tablespoons lime juice
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Instructions:

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Position all ingredients in a blender. Blend until eventually very easy and no bits&#13
of cucumber stay. Skim off any foam that rises to the top rated of blender.&#13
Pour blended juice into a popsicle mould and freeze until finally strong, at minimum&#13
6 hours or right away. Operate popsicle mold beneath very hot h2o for a number of seconds&#13
to make the popsicles simpler to take out.

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Diet Points:

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Per serving: energy: 26kcal, carbs: 6g, protein: 1g, body fat: 1g,&#13
saturated extra fat: 1g, sodium: 1mg, potassium: 115mg, fiber: 1g, sugar: 5g,&#13
calcium: 8mg, iron: 1mg

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