Popsicles anyone?

Crazy about popsicles!
shared by Skinny and the City-by Sofia’s newsleter
“Who doesn’t love an ice cold popsicle on a hot summer day? Whether you eat one by the pool, in the park, or just when you’re relaxing at home, these popsicles are delicious — and super easy to make! Keep some on hand in your freezer, or make a batch the next time you’re having friends over. They’re so low in calories that you can have more than one, guilt-free! And they look really pretty, too. Here are a few different versions that I came up with, but be creative and play around ‘til you find your favorite flavor. Make them over the 4th of July weekend for a special summer treat!”

Grown-up Summer Popsicles

All recipes serve: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes (put in the freezer until frozen, usually 4-6 hours)

* Make sure you have popsicle sticks before beginning (you can find them at your local arts & crafts store or drugstore), and four 2-ounce Dixie cups for each batch.

Cran-Pom Popsicle

• ½ cup orange juice
• ½ cup cranberry-pomegranate juice
• 10 mint leaves, washed, ripped in half
1. Mix all ingredients into a small bowl.
2. Pour equal amounts of mixture into each Dixie cup. Add a popsicle stick and freeze.

Nutrition content
(Per serving, 1 2-ounce popsicle): 33 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 8 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein, 86 mg potassium

Lemonade Popsicle

• 1 cup Vitamin Water 10 lemonade
• 5 mint leaves, washed, ripped in half
• 5 basil leaves, washed, ripped in half

1. Mix all ingredients into a small bowl.
2. Pour equal amounts of mixture into each Dixie cup. Add a popsicle stick and freeze.

Nutrition content:
(Per serving, 1 2-ounce popsicle): 13 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 1 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein 

Pineapple Blueberry Raspberry Popsicle

• 1 cup pineapple juice
• 12 blueberries, washed
• 12 raspberries, washed

1. Pour equal amounts of pineapple juice into each Dixie cup.
2. Drop 3 blueberries and 3 raspberries in each. Add a popsicle stick and freeze.
Nutrition content:
(Per serving, 1 2-ounce popsicle): 38 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 9 g carbohydrate, .5 g fiber, 0 g protein, 98 mg potassium

Chocolate Popsicle

• 1 cup Chocolate Light Silk Soymilk
1. Pour equal amounts of chocolate milk into each Dixie cup. Add a popsicle stick and freeze.

Nutrition Content:
(Per serving, 1 2-ounce popsicle): 30 calories, .5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 5.5 g carbohydrate, .5 g fiber, 1 g protein, 88 mg potassium, 75 mg calcium

**You can also blend up your own fruit and freeze for all-natural, berry-flavored pops.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a common condition which occurs during this time of year. Many of us have already experienced this condition during the past two weeks, not realizing what we have actually experienced. Heat exhaustion is not a life threatening condition because the core temperature of the body has risen little to none. Rest with the appropriate amounts of water will correct the condition.

In an earlier blog “Heat and Dehydration”, I spoke of the amount of water and fluid needed prior to, during, and after physical exercise or working and playing outside. Taking the proper precautions will keep heat exhaustion from occurring. Just in case you have or know someone who has experienced symptoms of fatigue, exhaustion, nausea, lightheadedness, and or heat cramps after prolonged periods of being in the sun and heat recently whether working in the yard, playing ball, boating,gardening, etc, I will share what you can do to improve the condition.

What has happened to cause these symptoms is the body has not only lost sufficient amounts of fluids but the body has also depleted its sodium and chloride ions.

Rather than wait on the body to get enough rest and fluids, you can treat your condition immediately and more rapidly by partaking “sipping” of this liquid toddy over the course of one hour. The liquid toddy should consist of 1 teaspoon of salt (sodium Chloride) dissolved in a liter of water (quart). Add to this water one tablespoon of sugar or a sweet drink powder (this needs to contain sugar not artificial sweetener). This toddy works best if it is cold and again, consumed slowly within an hour.

Do not substitute salt tablets for this toddy because the salt tablets are too concentrated and will draw the water into the stomach and not into the circulatory system where it is needed to maintain the body’s normal core temperature.

Drinking slightly salty water, massaging heat cramps, and resting will help the cramps that may accompany this fatigue state.

As I mentioned in my earlier blog “Heat and Dehydration”, drinking water and/or gatorade as well as eating salty snacks will give you the electrolytes needed to avoid dehydration. Also be sure to drink because you are suppose to drink, note the frequency in my earlier blog, do not wait until you feel thirsty, by then it’s too late; you are already dehydrated. Take a break during the middle afternoon which is the hottest part of the day.

I have friend who mows for about 6 hours a day once a week. It would be better for her to mow from 9-12 two mornings of the week or to mow three hours in the morning until noon and then again from 5-8pm than to do it in one straight time frame. Why? Heat exhaustion.

Wearing light colored cotton clothing and a wide brimmed hat will also protect your body. You only have one body. Don’t let your body down by abusing it needlessly. Spread your activities out throughout the day and drink plenty of fluids with electrolytes-remember caffeine contributes to dehydration.

If you do experience heat exhaustion remember the toddy above and if anyone you know experiences a heat stroke take them to the nearest medical facility immediately and as fast as you can because a heat stroke is life threatening. Death can occur in about 30 minutes.

In a heat stroke, the core body temperature rises to dangerous levels, the skin can become red and hot, the individual can become disoriented, argumentative, combative or hallucinate. While in route to a medical facility quickly, if possible, remove cotton clothing, soak the person with water, fanning them in order to increase the rate of evaporation and massaging the extremities to help the cool blood return. When available, ice packs could be placed in the following areas and in this correct order – at the neck, armpits, and groin areas. Cooling an individual as instructed in route to a medical facility is the best way to begin the hydration process. The individual in an impaired mental state often will not drink and it is best not to force the fluids. By cooling the body externally it is possible the person will recover enough to begin to drink by mouth. As stated earlier, getting this person to the hospital is crucial while doing any or all of the above because a person in this condition could die in about 30 minutes.

Enjoy the sun and outdoor activities this summer! As you do, take care of yourself and your friends. There is no fun in enjoying the moment or afternoon to find yourself or your friend stuck inside and unable to enjoy the next week or two. We have one life and one body, let’s treat it well especially in the heat.

Cool and refreshing dessert

As I sit here, I am pondering which quick dessert to prepare when it’s too hot to bake and it’s too hot to do much of anything (sounds like a country song). A cool refreshing, no fuss dessert to serve when company pops in unexpectedly or when it’s just too hot to bake is sherbet. Simply, take a dotted bowl or goblet and add 2-3 scoops of raspberry (fat free) sherbet.
It’s cool, refreshing and a taste that you normally don’t add daily to your palate.

For later in the afternoon or early evening, an alternative to the simple dish of sherbet is the raspberry smoothie. The smoothie requires a little more effort and a few more ingredients.

For the smoothie (per person), in a blender combine 4 scoops of raspberry fat free sherbet, 1/4 cup 2% milk, 1/2 teaspoon extra strength vanilla (regular vanilla, use 1 teaspoon), and 2 oz. of frozen raspberries (defrosted-takes about 30 seconds in the microwave). Combine all in a blender or smoothie machine and pour into long stem goblets with long colored spoons if available.
I like using my dotted goblets but any wine or champagne goblet will work.
Voila, a refreshing and cool dessert!

My favorite smoothie is a peach one. To prepare the peach smoothie, I follow the same instructions but instead of the raspberry products, I use peach fat free sherbet and 3-4 slices of frozen peaches defrosted.

These are just a couple ways to stay cool, entertain, and still have delicious desserts during this hot weather.

Bon Appetite!

Heat and Dehydration during these summer days

During this extremely hot weather many are experiencing during the summer already, it is so important to take the proper precautions when you are able to get outdoors to enjoy the outdoor activities such as swimming, sun bathing, amusement parks, ball games, and gardening.
Acclimating oneself to the weather is very important for all ages rather than jumping right into your favorite summer activities.

How does one do this? It takes 10-14 days working or exercising in the heat for your body to become acclimated to the hotter temperatures. You should begin slowly and then gradually add more time doing the activity.As your body adjusts to the temperature, the amounts of body fluid losses (sweating and urinating) increases because once adjusted, you sweat more and sooner than before you were adjusted.

When to hydrate your body? You should be drinking long before you become thirsty. Once you become thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. When it is hot, it is best that you drink on a schedule or keep a drink with you, sipping and drinking continually.

Water is the best thing to drink when you are outside in the heat. Sports drinks such as gatorade is the next best drink because first, it tastes good, so you will drink more of it than the water. These type drinks help you replace the electrolytes you lose while sweating and urinating and they provide the carbohydrate energy needed for your muscles during exercise, work or play.

You need to begin hydrating your body prior to entering the sun and summer day activities. Prior to the activities, adults need 20 ounces of fluid and children need 8 ounces. Adults need 7-10 ounces of fluid every 10-20 minutes of activities while outside in the heat whereas children need 5-9 ounces of fluid every 20 minutes of playing outside. Once the fun in the sun is over, both children and adults need an additional 24 ounces of fluids within the next 2 hours following the outdoors activities.

Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration

Dry lips and tongue.
Weakness, dizziness, or extreme fatigue.
Concentrated urine that appears darker than normal.
Muscle cramps.

The American Medical Association reminds us that pouring water over your head when it is hot does not replace the fluids you need in your body and does not lower the core temperature of the body, so please drink plenty of fluids, wear light clothing, and get in the shade from time to time.

Although beer, alcohol, soft drinks and tea may be enjoyed as a cool refreshing drink while outside, these are not recommended because they contribute to dehyration by stimulating urine production; thus, causing dehyration.

Remember, anytime a person who has been outside working or playing in the heat becomes disoriented or unconscious to seek medical attention immediately.

Key Lime Cake

Prepare fluted pan as usual (I use Bakers Joy) and preheat oven according to directions.

Using a scraper, mix together a pillsbury cake mix,3 eggs, and a can of key lime pie filling. This will be a thick mixture. Put in prepared fluted cake pan and bake @350 degrees for 50 minutes.

The cake will have the consistency of a cake made from scratch.

Icing: powered sugar and lime glaze.
1 cup white powdered sugar and the juice from one lime. Mix together with a scraper and pour glaze over the cake.

Bon Appetite!