Summer break is coming to an end soon, and everyone is gearing up for classes. It is a very busy time. But what I love about this time of year is all the fresh foods from the garden. We’re just getting our garden started in this location, and it takes time to start a garden from scratch. But this year we have been blessed with yellow crook-necked squash, cucumbers and tomatoes.
This is a great time for those trying to shed a few pounds, too. What is better than fresh good right out of the garden? With summer squash, green beans, tomatoes and cucumbers, you can eat your fill and still keep low in calories.
One of my favorite ways to fix summer squash is to put a tiny bit of olive oil in a skillet, cut the squash into fairly equal slices and saute it with a little salt, onion and garlic to taste. Don’t cook it too long! I want mine still slightly firm when I bite into it, not all mushy. Just before I put it on the plate, I sprinkle it with dill weed and sometimes a tiny squeeze of lime. There’s something about lime juice that really perks things up for me.
With only 68 calories per cup, cooked, yellow squash is nutritious, healthy and delicious.
Early mornings here in Georgia are delightful for taking a walk , before the sun gets up over the trees to turn the world into a sauna. So lace up and enjoy a nice stroll.
Don’t have a garden? Check out the farmer’s markets in your area. We have several near us for those things which didn’t do so well this year. While it’s not quite the same as harvesting from our own garden, you can still have healthy foods on a budget.
No matter what your plans are for watching your weight, or releasing weight, a healthy diet is a great addition.
For more information on losing weight, check out The Gabriel Method.
Have a wonderful summer and enjoy those fresh foods!