5 Key Tips to Selecting the Best Watermelon

26 Jun

Did you ever wonder what to look for when selecting Watermelons?  Do you give it a good thump on the rind or do you look for unblemished melons?

Consider these aspects when picking out your next Watermelon and let us know what you think!

  1. Field Spot
  2. Webbing
  3. Boy or Girl?
  4. Size
  5. Tail

5 Habits to Avoid to Get Better Sleep

22 May

Seeking a better night’s sleep?  As a society, our lack of sleep has been labeled a public epidemic by the Center for Disease Control.  Check out these 5 habits to avoid.

 

 

 

 

Four Days

22 May

This poem was written by Brighton clinic patient Chris Wilkinson who has lost 60 lbs.

Titled “Four Days”, Chris was inspired to write this after a wind storm left him without electricity in March.  During this time without power, he found that writing about his struggles reminded him that he shouldn’t let an inconvenience derail his hard work.

CWilkinson Poem

5 Great Reasons to Shop at Your Local Farmer’s Market

15 May

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  1. Freshly picked, in season produce is at its peak in flavor and nutrition. Fresh fruit and vegetables are chock full of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Your local farmer’s market should be able to provide a guide so you can easily learn what fruits and vegetables are in season.
  2. Supporting your local farmer’s market strengthens your community and economy. Meet your local farmers; learn about foods grown in your area and catch up with friends and neighbors in your community while stocking up on fresh local goods.
  3. It’s a great activity for the family. Visit different booths with your kids and select a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, local dairy or protein. Helping in the menu planning can often mean kids will be more likely to eat the healthy meal prepared!
  4. You can try a new fruit or vegetable! Many farmers’ markets offer lesser known fruits and vegetables, providing a variety that can be both tasty and nutritious.
  5. Farmer’s often have recommendations for preparing their goods. They can help you learn how to select and store rare and common fruits and vegetables.

What is your favorite farmer’s market and why?

6 Ways to Give Your Yard an Eco-Friendly Makeover

10 May

With the arrival of spring, here are some landscaping ideas to contribute to the overall health of the planet, turning your yard into the perfect “green” space.

  1. Attract bees and butterflies. If you have a garden, you will want these pollinators in your yard. Planting a diverse array of native plants with a staggered bloom that bees and butterflies are attracted to will draw them to your yard all spring, summer or fall. Your local nursery will be able to help make suggestions.
  2. Welcome bats as the organic pest-control powerhouses they are. Bat houses for these flying mammals with a creepy reputation on your property will help you control pests.
  3. Go native with wildflowers and grasses. Cut back on mowing the grass and add some wildflowers and grasses native to Michigan. Check with your nursery, as some may grow too easily and become invasive.
  4. Plant your own salad. Increase the biodiversity of your yard by starting your own garden. You’ll save money, get exercise and enjoy the fresh fruits (and veggies) of your own labor.
  5. Harvest water from the sky. Install a rain barrel to capture any falling precipitation.
  6. Lower your cooling cost with trees. They help clean the air, provide shade and beauty, and can help reduce home cooling costs in the summer depending on how they are planted.

Link to original article:  http://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/2017/04/06/6-ways-to-give-your-yard-an-eco-friendly-makeover/

The Difference Between Spices & Herbs

1 May

Herbs and Spices: These words are often used together, but what is the difference between them?  While both are seasonings, spices generally are stronger tasting and smelling.  Spices typically are derived from the bark, berries, buds, fruit, seeds, roots, or stems of plants and trees, while herbs are the more gently fragrant leaves of plants. Spices include cinnamon, clove and nutmeg while herbs include mint, parsley and cilantro.

When Do You Add Herbs?

When you add herbs and spices to your dish depends on the kind of seasoning you are dealing with along with the cooking time. Mild flavors like basil and parsley work best added at the end while bolder flavored herbs like bay leaves and sage can be added from the beginning.

Comparing whole spices to ground spices, the flavoring of ground spices is more concentrated and will infuse food with flavor faster than whole spices. Ground spices can be added in the beginning if you have a short cooking time while whole spices can take their time releasing flavor in recipes that require longer simmer times.

Before adding any leafy herb to a dish, rub them with your fingertips gently in the palm of your hand to release flavors and aromas. Toasting some spices like cumin in a dry skillet can also enhance flavors as well.