Every day, each person should have 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour of physical activity or playtime, and 0 sugary drinks!
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Now that the weather is warm, a great way to get in your hour of physical activity per day is at the park! Some of the parks listed have basketball courts, tennis courts, or baseball fields. But even if sports aren’t your thing, parks are great for a nice walk or jog!
Bucks Hill Park, Montoe Road
Chase Park, Sunnyside Avenue
Coe Park, Brookside Road
East Mountain Park, East Mountain Road
Columbia Boulevard Park, Columbia Boulevard
Curtin Park, Springbrook Road
Fairlawn Park, Woodlawn Avenue
Fulton Park, Cooke Street
Hamilton Park, Hamilton Park Road
Hayden Park, Grove Street
Hopeville Park, Piedmont Street
Huntingdon Park, Jarrett Avenue
Lakewood Park, Lakewood Road
Library Park, Grand Street
M.L.K. Park, North Main Street
Murray Park, Leone Street
Pearl Street Playground, Pearl Street
Rivera-Hughes Park, West Dover Street
Rowland Park, West Main Street
Schofield Park, Bunker Hill Avenue
Sloping Acres Park, Bagley Terrace
The Green, West Main Street
Town Plot Park, Rosemount Avenue
Washington Park, Sylvan Avenue
So next time the weather is nice, pack a healthy picnic and go check out a new park!
Place the parsnips and carrots into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain; return vegetables to pot. Turn heat to low, stir in the chives and 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
Begin to puree mixture using an immersion (or regular) blender. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and continue to puree until the mixture is smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
2 pounds carrots, peeled and thinly sliced on the diagonal
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon honey or 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/3 cup dried cranberries
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
2 cups arugula
Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Combine the carrots, almonds, and garlic in a mixing bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread out onto an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake the carrots in the preheated oven until soft and the edges turn brown, about 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool to room temperature.
Once cool, return the carrots to the mixing bowl, and drizzle with honey and vinegar (or whisk sugar into vinegar and drizzle); toss until coated. Add the cranberries and blue cheese; toss again until evenly mixed. Combine the arugula and serve immediately.
Cook oil and curry powder in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in carrots, celery and onion; toss to coat in oil. Cook, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Stir in broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are very tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; let stand 10 minutes. Lay a paper towel over the surface of the soup to blot away the oil that has risen to the top.
Working in batches of no more than 2 cups at a time, transfer the soup to a blender and puree (use caution when pureeing hot liquids). Return the pureed soup to the pan, place over medium heat and heat through. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Exercise is very important to a healthy body and mind, but sometimes it can be hard to fit in an hour-long sweat session. Here is a list of easy ways to increase your physical activity without decreasing your time availability.
Park far away. When shopping, park as far away from stores as you can. All those extra steps add up!
Calf raises. If you work at a desk, do calf raises while you work. Not only is this a good way to get in some extra movement, it can help you regroup to focus better.
Grocery bag curls. When bringing in your (reusable!) grocery bags, whether while walking home from the store or in from the car, curl them like you would a dumbbell. Depending on how heavy your bags are (or how long your walk) you could really start to feel the burn.
Cooking squats. While you wait for the water to boil or your veggies to saute, do squats in your kitchen. Much better than snacking! Just be sure to be standing on a non-slip mat and do not go lower than you can comfortably balance.
TV planking. Next time you are watching your favorite show, get down on the ground during commercial breaks and do some planking. Who knows, after a while, you might be able to plank during an entire commercial break!
These are certainly not the only ways to sneak in some extra exercise. Try to think up some of your own ways to be more active!
Put a large pot of water on to boil. Fill another pot half full with ice water. Blanch about half the green beans in the boiling water just until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and plunge into ice water. Transfer to a large bowl. Repeat with the remaining beans.
Return the water to a boil. Add corn and blanch until tender but still crisp, about 3 minutes. Drain and immediately plunge into the ice water. Cut the kernels off the cobs.
Add the corn to the beans in the bowl. Add bell pepper, onion, olives, basil, oil, vinegar, lemon juice and garlic; toss to mix well. Season with hot sauce, salt and pepper.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add poblano pepper, bell pepper and corn, and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender (about 3 to 5 minutes). Stir in chili powder, cumin and salt; cook for 30 seconds more. Add hominy and cook, stirring, until heated through (about 2 minutes more).
Combine tomato, beans and corn in a medium bowl. Sprinkle cornmeal onto a large baking sheet. Stretch the dough into about a 12-inch circle and lay it on top of the cornmeal, coating the entire underside of the dough.
Spread barbecue sauce on the dough and sprinkle on the cheese and tomato, corn, and bean mixture. Place pizza in oven and bake until the cheese bubble and the crust is browned.