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Ready for Summer Fun

Vantage Point: Summer Is Here

Every season, I can’t wait for the next season to be here (like when it’s finally summer, I’m waiting for fall and the cooler temperatures). I’ve always done that, but I’m getting better about living in the moment.

Now that summer is here, I’ve started thinking about a few questions. How do you want to enjoy the season we’re in? What would you like to accomplish this summer that maybe you’ve wanted to accomplish in summers past and haven’t?

Here’s my goal list for a really fun family summer:

  1. I want to camp more, much more. We have a family cabin where we can escape into the outdoors, but it really isn’t the same as camping. I want to work on my camping skills while teaching my children the awesome aspects of nature.

  2. I want to take a nicely planned trip to the beach.

  3. I want to have more family dinners where we eat outside with extended family, share a good meal, and converse. I think the summer season allows the perfect time to do this.

  4. In the vein of family dinners, I want to try more fun summer recipes that will make me a culinary legend in my family’s eyes.

  5. I would like to take more family walks. Not only is being healthy a focus for me and my family, but I would also love for us to have those summer memories of being together, talking, and walking.

While you’re out accomplishing your summer goals, don’t forget about summer safety tips. Remember to never leave little ones or animals in any hot car or hot area, drink plenty of water, and make sure that your loved ones are getting enough hydration as well (fur family included).

If you happen to take walks later in the evening or early morning when the light is lower, remember to wear light or bright clothing, and maybe have a reflective light or flashlight with you (or a reflective vest) so that people can see you and you stay safe.

Sunscreen is always important, no matter what time of year. Don’t let a cloudy day fool you when it comes to sun protection. Wearing sunscreen on cloudy days is as important as wearing it on sunny days, but on cloudy days, the sun is being sneaky, and you don’t realize how much sun you’re getting.

Have a safe and goal-filled summer!

Breck Obermeyer is a community liaison with Health Alliance Northwest, serving Yakima County. She is a small-town girl from Naches and has a great husband who can fix anything and 2 kids who are her world.

Enjoying Meatless Days

Recipes for Meatless Days

If you only set one New Year’s resolution this year, try going meatless for just one day a week. Our healthy vegan meal recipes can help you get started with meatless days without the sacrifice.

Start with Killer Vegan Chili for a hearty meatless Monday. 

Killer Vegan Chili
Eat Healthy Eat Happy

 

This Gingery Thai Kale Salad with Cashew Dressing will make lunch easy on meatless days.

Gingery Thai Kale Salad with Cashew Dressing

 

You don’t have to skip your favorite foods on meatless days with recipes like this Spicy Black Bean Burger.

Spicy Black Bean Burger
The Glowing Fridge

 

Make these Raw Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodles for a light take on pasta.

Raw Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodles

 

Don’t let a takeout craving bust your meatless day. Make General Tso’s Baked Cauliflower and fill up on veggies instead.

General Tso’s Baked Cauliflower
The Wanderlust Kitchen

 

Cozy comfort food is easy with this Vegan Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry.

Vegan Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry
Green Healthy Cooking

 

Whip up these Vegan Quesadillas with Hummus & Vegetables for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Vegan Quesadilla with Hummus & Vegetables

Holiday Food Safety Tips

Holiday Food Safety Tips

Are you cooking for a crowd this holiday season? In honor of Food Service Safety Month, we can help you protect your guests with these helpful holiday food safety tips.

Keep hot food hot and cold food cold while serving guests with things like slow cookers and ice trays.

Put leftovers away after eating. Toss perishable foods that are left out for more than 2 hours.

Putting Away Leftovers

 

Make sure you’re cleaning produce properly before you start cooking.

Cleaning Before Cooking in the Holiday Season

Cleaning Before Eating

 

Do you know how to cook safely, like avoiding cross-contamination? Brush up for holiday meals.

Safe Holiday Food Prep

Preparing Your Food Safely

 

Cooking meats to the right internal temperature could be the difference between a happy holiday and a disaster.

Cooking Thoroughly During the Holiday Season

Hot Enough

 

Fight food waste in your leftovers this holiday season by storing food properly, using your freezer, and more.

Making the Most of Holiday Leftovers

Fight Food Waste

 

How long are all those leftovers and special ingredients good for? We can help.

When to Eat and When to Toss Holiday Leftovers

Decoding Expiration Dates

Healthy Chicken Recipes

Healthy Chicken Recipes for National Chicken Month

It’s National Chicken Month, and chicken doesn’t have to mean boring dinners with these healthy chicken recipes for light family meals.

First up are quick and easy Grilled Chicken Avocado Wraps for you to pack for lunch.

Grilled chicken avocado wrap

 

Taco Tuesday is the perfect time to make these Skinny Baja Chicken Tacos.

Skinny Baja Chicken Tacos
Image and Recipe via The Live Fit Girls

 

Don’t skimp on comfort food this fall with this recipe for Healthy Chicken Pot Pie.

Healthy Pot Pie
Image and Recipe via Well Plated

 

Save on the expensive meal out by making these Baked Chicken Fajita Roll-Ups instead.

Baked Chicken Fajita Roll-Ups

 

No takeout needed with this simple Skinny Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken.

Skinny Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken

 

Dinner and cleanup are quick and easy with Honey Dijon Chicken and Veggies Foil Packets.

Honey Dijon Chicken and Veggies Foil Packets:
Image and Recipe via Eat Well

 

You’ll be ready for fall soup season with this Southwest Chicken Detox Soup.

Southwest Chicken Detox Soup

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Cooking Tips to Get in the Kitchen

Cooking Tips for National Culinary Arts Month

It’s National Culinary Arts Month, and you don’t have to be a chef to appreciate or make good food. It’s the perfect time to take a moment to brush up on your skills or think about teaching your loved ones to cook with these cooking tips.

If you’ve ever looked at a recipe and wondered what it was talking about, this quick guide can help.

Cooking Terms Image via Style Caster

 

With this infographic, you’ll be ready to prep your next recipe. And check out part 2 for more knife skills.

Knife Skills Part 1 Image via Illustrated Bites

 

Need a refresher on the basics in the kitchen? Learn to cut an onion, fry an egg, roast a chicken, and more.

Kitchen Basics Image and Recipes via Yhe Kitchn

 

With this guide, you’ll be ready to build the foundation of good flavor for a variety of meals.

Guide to AromaticsImage via Lifehacker

 

This guide will help you make the most of fresh herbs, from pairings to storage.

Guide to Flavoring with Fresh Herbs Image via CookSmarts

 

Fresh herbs can be expensive and don’t last. If they don’t work for you, spices are a great way to add punch.

Guide to Flavoring with Spices Image via CookSmarts

 

You can get your kids in the kitchen early with this guide for skills and recipes for any age.

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Healthy Celery Recipes for Spring

Celery Recipes for National Fresh Celery Month

It’s National Fresh Celery Month and the perfect time to find new, inventive ways to eat the veggie with these healthy celery recipes.

First up is a light Apple and Celery Slaw that you’ll love with summer meals.

Apple and Celery Slaw
Image and Recipe via Food Network

 

Make Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks to lighten the classic game day dish.

Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks

 

Be adventurous with this recipe for Kombu Celery as a snack.

Kombu Celery
Image and Recipe via Bon Appetit

 

Skip the food court with this Black Pepper Chicken.

Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken (Copycat)

 

Serve this rich and creamy Vegan Cream of Celery Soup with salad for a light meal.

Vegan Cream of Celery Soup

 

Lighten up your spring picnics with this Easy Avocado Egg Salad.

Easy Avocado Egg Salad Recipe

 

Whip up a light and refreshing salad with a kick with this Thai Celery Salad.

Thai Celery Salad

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Hot Breakfast All Month

National Hot Breakfast Month

It’s National Hot Breakfast Month! Fight the winter blues with these meals to warm your soul.

First up are Frozen Healthy Breakfast Burritos, perfect for busy Monday mornings.

Frozen Healthy Breakfast Burritos
Image and Recipe via Tone and Tighten

 

Make Brown Rice Porridge with Figs and Blueberries for a hearty start to the day.

Brown Rice Porridge with Figs, Blueberries, and Pistachios
Image and Recipe via Kitchen Sanctuary

 

Do hot breakfast right with these Southwest Baked Eggs in Sweet Potato Nests.

Southwest Baked Eggs in Sweet Potato Nests
Image and Recipe via Recipe Runner

 

Go gluten-free for your family with Banana Coconut Flour Waffles.

Banana Coconut Flour Waffles
Image and Recipe via PALEOHACKS

 

Whip up Egg Breakfast Pitas with Feta and Spinach and skip the morning drive-thru trip.

Egg Breakfast Pitas with Feta and Spinach
Image and Recipe via Alissa Rumsey

 

Do brunch for the whole family with Banana, Quinoa, Oats ‘n More Breakfast Bake.

Banana, Quinoa, Oats ‘n More Breakfast Bake
Image and Recipe via The Fit Fork

 

Whip up this Veggie-Loaded Breakfast Casserole for a guilt-free weekend breakfast.

Veggie-Loaded Breakfast Casserole
Image and Recipe via Little Spice Jar

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