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Terrific Watermelon Tip from my Culinary Daughter

Monday, August 13th, 2018

My youngest child, Basha, is a terrific cook with great food ideas. She gave me a great tip on watermelon that has saved my pieces of cut watermelons from spoiling.

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Above is a photo (from the Internet) of cut watermelon pieces sans rind, sitting in a bowl. The juice from the melon drips into the bowl, and unless I eat the pieces in a day or so, the melon begins to spoil the longer the juice sits in the bowl with the watermelon pieces “drowning,” especially those at the bottom of the bowl.

 

Instead, I now use either my stainless steel steamer in a medium-sized bowl for a smaller melon or my large salad spinner for larger melons.


This is my smaller bowl with a stainless steel steamer that has small legs underneath it for steaming veggies, inserted into the bowl to keep watermelon juice from the cut pieces.

 

 

This is my larger salad spinner with watermelon. The outside bowl is larger than the basket, so the space between the spinner and the outer bowl allows the watermelon juices to drip. (I drink that juice.)

Many thanx to my daughter Basha for this terrific tip! I never have
to discard any cut pieces of watermelon again!

CAVEAT: Even though this tip works well, if you have a very large melon, I suggest keeping half intact in the fridge and only cutting up the other half. Whenever you cut fruit, it starts to oxidate (ex. inside of apples turn brown). The melon won’t turn brown, but it will start to change its composition and eventually spoil, so only cut up as much melon as you think you will be eating for the next couple of days.

Healthy Bytes

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

In the July 30th issue of TIME Magazine, there is an interesting health article in their View category entitled Grocery Store Rx: 7 foods to keep you healthy. The article focuses on the issue of inflammation, the one of the latest “hot topics” in health literature. While the article explains that inflammation is our own body’s healthy response to combatting disease, too much inflammation can lead to health problems, from autoimmune diseases to cancer to high sugar/high fat foods. Here is their list of foods to help “tamp down inflammation.” The article also makes suggestions on how to incorporate them into your diet. (I might add, make them organic, especially those you cannot peel.)*

  1. Mackerel– A Mediterranean staple with (good) fats help fight Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
  2. PearsThe high fiber in  pears can be good Rx to those with diabetes and arthritis. Foods high in fiber contribute toi a healthy microbiome (gut).
  3. SpinachA good source of vitamin E, spinach may help protect against molecules that cause inflammation. and because of its dark green color, spinach is nutrient-dense.
  4. Bell Peppers – Bright red bell peppers are high in antioxidants* and low in starch and contain capsaicin, known for its pain-reducing and inflammatory-reducing properties.  (*a substance that inhibits oxidation, especially one used to counteract the deterioration of stored food products. source: Oxford Dictionaries)
  5. Buckwheat – This non-glutinous “grain” may help reduce the blood level marker C-reactive protein, a sign of inflammation. People with celiac can usually tolerate buckwheat, which is actually a seed, not a true grain.
  6. Pomegranate Seeds – These tiny tart seeds  are another good source of antioxidants (See #4) that may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. And a compound in these seeds target brain inflammation. (they are now available already pre-packaged without the skin and membranes.)
  7. Black Tea – Green tea and black tea come from the same plant. Both have benefits, but black tea is good for helping to keep your arteries open and contains antioxidants that may protect cells from damage.

Remember, eat foods in as close to their natural state as possible
and eat organic as much as possible, so your foods are clean and intact.

*If you go to ewg.org (Environmental Working Group), you can download your own list of the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15.

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