Sunday, July 28, 2013

Temperatures Rising

July had a wave of extreme heat, but summer has not ended.  As the summer sun continues to sizzle, put extra attention towards staying cool.

What to do?
  • Aim for a minimum of 64 oz fluids (mostly water) daily.
  • Drink fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Make sure your animals have adequate water and shade.
  • Be sure to eat small meals and eat more frequently to stay nourished - often with extreme heat, people will mention decrease in appetite.
  • Wear light weight and light colored clothing instead of dark colors that absorb the sun's rays.
  • Check on your family/friends/coworkers/neighbors.
  • Be aware of the temperature as well as the heat index, which can increase in direct sunlight by 15 degrees.

Do not ignore signs of heat-related conditions as these can be life-threatening.  Check out the American Red Cross for more information of recognizing and responding these emergencies. 

Flavoring water?
  • Flavor it yourself to control ingredients while avoiding chemicals and added sugar. 
  • Thirst quenching, nutritious, and easy.
  • Flavor water with fresh fruit - enhance taste and replace electrolytes.
    • Slice lemons, limes, oranges, cucumber. 
    • Simply squeeze the juice from a fresh lemon or limes.
    • Toss in a handful of berries.
  • Add herbs and spices
    • Mint, basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, ginger.
  • Examples:
    • sliced cucumber + sliced lime + fresh mint leaves
    • sliced strawberries + sliced lemon + fresh basil leaves
    • Place ingredients at the bottom of a glass jar and mash up the fruit with a wooden spoon, then add water.
  • Have fun creating your own combinations of flavored water!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

VENDY awards

Philadelphia Vendy Awards 2013

Last month, on June 8th, I attended the 3rd annual Philadelphia Vendy Awards (a little delayed on writing about my experience).  The event took place at Penn Treaty Park overlooking the Delaware River with great sunny weather for converting Vitamin D.  Money was raised for The Food Trust, an organization striving to improve access to affordable, nutritious food.  Naturally, as a Registered Dietitian, I was excited to represent Farm to Philly at this event.  I spent a wonderful afternoon with my mom indulging in delicious food and sipping on beer.

Vendy Cup winner: The King of Falafel
I did not know what to expect from street food vendors... I usually just think of Philly cheesesteaks.  I was pleasantly surprised by the flavorful variety and quality of the food!  These gourmet trucks were vegetarian friendly and utilized local farms.  Cupcake vendors offered vegan options, which passed my sweet tooth taste test (yes, moderation can allow for dessert in a well-balanced diet).  Delicious!  The Vendy Cup winner- The King of Falafel. See the picture above of this mouthwatering falafel, which was one of my personal favorites from the day: ground chickpeas, onions, garlic, herbs, and spices.

Also, it was a pleasure meeting the Andrew Gerson, Executive Chef of Brooklyn Brewery, who is a Philly native and co-founder of the Philadelphia Mobile Food Vendors Association.  We chatted about local Philly food and upcoming places.  Plus, I couldn't resist petting his well-trained, cute dog.  Stopping at Brooklyn Brewery is on my list during my future travels!

Modeling Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale
with Andrew Gerson, Executive Chef for Brooklyn Brewery
and his adorable dog!