Nutrition Tips

Wonderful Ways to Use Watermelon

I love watermelon. Ever since I was a little kid it has been one of my favorite fruits. For me, summertime is not complete without a good dose of watermelon – and this summer I am definitely getting mine! Watermelon grows in many shapes and sizes – and baby watermelons are becoming extremely popular. When I was in Israel, we drove by many watermelon fields. Here you can see a watermelon ready for harvest: Nutritionally, watermelon is a star. Since it is more than 90% water, it’s low in… read more »

Mashed Squash

The other day I shared with you a way to prepare spaghetti squash, one of the many winter squashes. I also received a kabocha squash from my CSA, and this time I wasn’t really sure what to do with it b/c I had never made it before! It sort of looked like a pumpkin (and in fact it is commonly called a Japanese pumpkin), with a hard, orange, knobbly-looking skin. I did a quick search online and found out that it is like a cross between butternut squash, sweet potato, and pumpkin. So I decided that it would be… read more »

Simple Ways to Enjoy Strawberries

Yesterday I told you about the nutritional benefits of strawberries. To follow up, here are some of the ways I like to include my farmers market strawberries into meals (you can do the same with strawberries from the supermarket too!): Top whole grain cereal, waffles, or pancakes with fat free yogurt and chopped fresh strawberries as a substitute for butter and syrup. Make a Fresh Strawberry and Cream Cheese sandwich – perfect for the lunchbox! Spread 1 tablespoon of reduced-fat cream cheese on 2… read more »

Using Summer Squash

Yesterday I told you about the different types of summer squash and their nutritional benefits. Whether or not you have made summer squash before, I wanted to share some different ways to cook with it and use it: Grill it. Toss sliced squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper and grill until cooked and browned on both sides. Below is a picture of some summer squash I grilled for dinner one night. Grilled Summer Squash Sauté it. Heat vegetable oil in a shallow pan over a medium-hot flame. Once the oil is hot,… read more »

Summer Squash Basics

One of the most common vegetables you’ll find at the supermarket or farmers markets during the summer is summer squash. Unlike winter squash, summer squash has a higher water content and is not a starchy vegetable, making it lower in calories. There are different types of summer squash, including: Zucchini — commonly green & similar in shape to a cucumber Yellow Summer Squash — often used interchangeably with zucchini Pattypan Squash — yellow or green in color, small and round wi… read more »