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Healthy BBQ Sides

Healthy BBQ Sides

May is National BBQ Month. Don’t ruin your healthy eating at get-togethers this summer.  These healthy BBQ sides can help.

First up is a lightened take on BBQ’s most important side dish, Greek Yogurt Coleslaw.

Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

 

Limit your binges by trying these portion-controlled Mini Sweet Corn Fritters.

Mini Sweet Corn Fritters

 

These Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans are better for you than most canned options and nearly as easy.

Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

 

Lighten up the Southern classic with these savory Sautéed Collard Greens.

Sautéed Collard Greens
Image and Recipe via Real Simple

 

Go tangy with Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette.

Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Image and Recipe via Chew Out Loud

 

Whip up Healthy Skillet Cornbread to go hand-in-hand with your BBQ dinner.

Healthy Skillet Cornbread {gluten-free option}

 

Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is a tasty way to sneak some veggies in for the kids.

Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cooking Spring Side Dishes with Fresh Veggies

Healthy Spring Side Dishes

This week, we featured spring side dishes that make use of some of your favorite fresh spring veggies.

First up is a Spring Pea and Radish Salad worth shelling fresh peas for.

Spring Pea and Radish Salad
Image and Recipe via Running with Tweezers

 

These bright Roasted Potatoes and Lemon with Dill will satisfy your potato craving.

Roasted Potatoes and Lemon with Dill
Image and Recipe via Real Simple

 

Keep some Pickled Lavender Carrots on hand for a twist on your sandwich.

Pickled Lavendar Carrots
Image and Recipe via Rattlebridge Farm

 

Asparagus with Citrus Sauce is light and refreshing with grilled chicken or fish.

Asparagus with Citrus Sauce
Image and Recipe via Good Housekeeping

 

Throw together this Carrot, Avocado, and Orange Salad for your next BBQ.

Carrot, Avocado, and Orange Salad
Image and Recipe via Epicurious

 

Spring Orzo Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Artichokes will be a tasty and vibrant addition to your spring meals.

Spring Orzo Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Artichokes
Image and Recipe via Food for My Family

 

This Crunchy Sprout and Daikon Salad with Mint is a great coleslaw replacement.

Crunchy Sprout and Daikon Salad with Mint
Image and Recipe via Whole Living

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Grilling Recipes for Get-Togethers

Healthy Grilling Recipes

This week, we helped get you ready for summer with a batch of healthy, easy grilling recipes.

First up is a simple vegan and gluten-free Grilled Avocado and Romaine Caesar Salad.

Grilled Avocado and Romaine Caesar Salad
Image and Recipe via Blissful Basil

 

Whip up these vibrant Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa for a healthy supper.

Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa
Image and Recipe via Cooking Classy

 

This Grilled Cilantro, Lime, and Paprika Corn on the Cob is a tasty BBQ side dish.

Grilled Cilantro, Lime, and Paprika Corn on the Cob
Image and Recipe via Blissful Basil

 

Grilled Barbecue Chicken and Vegetables in Foil is your new easy summer go-to meal.

Grilled Barbecue Chicken and Vegetables in Foil

 

These Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas are light and perfect for lunch or to share.

Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas

 

Put together refreshing Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers for a quick dinner.

Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers
Image and Recipe via What2Cook

 

These Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Peaches are the dessert your grill’s been waiting for.

Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Peaches

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Awesome Arugula Recipes

Healthy Arugula Recipes

This week, we featured healthy and tasty ways for you to take advantage of in-season arugula in arugula recipes.

First up was your new spring favorite, Balsamic Steak, Berry, and Arugula Salad.

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Steak & Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

This Hampton Sandwich is a fresh take on chicken salad that features arugula.

Hampton Sandwich
Image and Recipe via The Girl Who Ate Everything

 

Make Seared Ahi Tuna with Chimichurri Sauce, Arugula, and Avocado for a light meal.

Seared Ahi Tuna with Chimichurri Sauce, Arugula and Avocado

 

Grilled Flatbread with Peaches and Arugula Pesto is a refreshing spring pizza.

 

Whip up this Salmon, Avocado, and Arugula Salad with Lemon-Parsley Dressing.

Salmon, Avocado, and Arugula Salad with Lemon-Parsley Dressing
Image and Recipe via The Iron You

 

This Turkey Panini with Apple, Cheddar, and Arugula is an easy and filling lunch.

Turkey Panini Recipe with Apple, Cheddar & Arugula

 

Make this Asparagus and Arugula Pasta Salad for a healthy side to any barbecue.

Asparagus and Arugula Pasta Salad

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Summer Fresh Corn

Healthy Fresh Corn Recipes

July is the perfect time of year to eat sweet fresh corn with dinner, so we had great recipes to use it every day this week.

First up was a list from Buzzfeed of 15 different dips or toppings for your ear.

Roasted Corn with Chili Powder, Cotija Cheese, and Cilantro

 

These Chicken, Zucchini, and Fresh Corn Burgers are a healthy way to work corn into your meal.

Chicken, Zucchini and Fresh Corn Burgers

 

This Mexican Street Corn Salad with Avocado is the perfect addition to your taco night.

Mexican Street Corn Salad
Image and Recipe via Cooking Classy

 

Summer Corn Soup is a great light lunch or dinner to use up your fresh ears.

Simple Summer Corn Soup

 

This Summer Corn, Avocado, and Black Bean Salad also makes a great chunky salsa to share before dinner.

Summer Corn, Avocado, and Black Bean Salad
Image and Recipe via Produce on Parade

 

This Southwest Quinoa and Grilled Corn Salad will be delicious hot or cold for barbeques or picnics.

Southwest Quinoa and Grilled Corn Salad

 

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Pre-Planning for the End of Life's Stroll

Vantage Point: Pre-Planning Is Key Part of Life’s Stroll

There is nothing like a summer evening stroll—the sounds of people reminiscing on front porches, American flags flapping in the warm breeze, birds chirping, and children’s laughter. Smells of barbecue and freshly mown lawns tickle the nose as eyes feast on the sights of gardens overflowing with flowers and kids riding bikes as their wet swim trunks leave a trail of water from the city pool.

I think back to summers past and family celebrations. These are the nights I want to remember when the days turn shorter, darker, and colder. Walking past the town cemetery, I think about a recent visitor in our Health Alliance office. A distraught spouse tearfully informed us of an unexpected passing. She seemed so lost, not knowing what to do next, and looking over the tidy headstones, I decided I don’t want that experience for my loved ones.

Reaching out to Beth Pent, continuing family care and pre-need counselor at Jones & Jones-Betts Funeral Home, I learned funeral planning can be a lot like wedding planning. There are seemingly unlimited choices to reflect your expressed wishes and unique style, and planning ahead provides peace of mind. Everyone will need to have final arrangements someday, and if you don’t take care of it, the burden of planning and funding it will fall to the grieving next of kin.

Even if you choose not to have a service, there is still a long checklist of responsibilities and state- and county-required documents survivors must take care of, in addition to the transportation and handling of the body. Some choices require authorization, so pre-planning can record everything you think the executor of your estate will need to know to carry out your wishes.

Consulting with a trusted resource, like Beth, not only helps you determine your pre-made decisions, such as final resting place, but it also helps relieve family members from having to guess and possibly argue over what you would have wanted. Pre-planning encourages you to consider your loved ones and is a way you can help them through their grief.

Funerals can be a celebration of life, and I want mine to serve as my last gesture of love by taking care of everything I can ahead of time. I want it to feel like a midsummer-evening stroll that evokes a sense of family, friends, and community.

Honoring Our Veterans

Long View: Remember Veterans this Independence Day

Independence Day is almost a month away, but I am already looking forward to it because—you guessed it—the food. Barbecued chicken and ribs, potato salad, and deviled eggs, all in the same meal? It’s almost too good to be true. However, the holiday also moves me beyond just my stomach.

To mark the day, I hang the American flag on the front porch if it’s not raining. This simple act always reminds me of the many service members who have helped defend our nation. Being in the military must be a very challenging experience, so I am thankful there are resources available to military personnel after they serve. One such resource is the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Local veteran service officers can help veterans navigate the many useful programs offered in their area. The resources they offer include help finding employment, starting or continuing an education ,or launching a small business. The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs also helps people who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, which can be a complicated process.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website features an easy-to-navigate section on health topics. Some are of general interest (like cataracts), while others are topics of specific interest to service members (like readjustment counseling). One of the department’s more pressing challenges is to provide support for homeless veterans or recently discharged service members. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that about 12% of homeless people at any given time in the U.S. are veterans.

One local group that’s fighting homelessness is C-U at Home. Executive Director Melany Jackson and her dedicated volunteers support our most vulnerable homeless citizens. Their annual fundraiser, One Winter Night, encourages public service figures, community leaders, business leaders, academic leaders, and other community members to spend the night outside in a cardboard box.

“The percentage of homeless veterans has not diminished in recent years,” Melany told me. “They typically face complex situations that need to be addressed. We strive to match them with the many services available in our area. The public awareness and donations generated by our event helps us fund this very important work.”

I know many of you have served in the military or have friends and family who have served. Health Alliance Medicare thanks all those who have protected this country and allow us to continue celebrating Independence Day. This year I plan on being more about the flag and less about the food.