A Short Kid Friendly-Story about Summer Peas

by Dr. Heather Manley on July 17, 2014

I do like a little veggie story to share with the kids… here is a short one about peas.

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In the summer time, while I grow on my vines, the most lovely moment, are when children pick me, then open me up and pop me in their mouth. Pure summer glory!

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Let me step back in time and give you a little history about me. Approximately 5000 years ago, the Chinese Father of Agriculture, She Nung,  was said to be wandering in the Chinese countryside searching for edible plants to be use as medicine. That is when he discovered me! I am quite nutritious full of iron and vitamin c that both support your immune system to ward away colds and flus.

Dating further back, in the 12th dynasty, remains of peas were found at Egyptian Tombs of the 12th dynasty. The Egyptians would bury their favorite possessions with them to accompany the into their next life; and I am honored they chose me.

In Europe, I was a delicacy and very fashionable…at least in the food world; I knew my time would come!

I was dried (known as the the split-pea – great for soups) for the long ship voyage to America, where I made my debut. Peas were actually one of the first crops to be planted in America.

Try the below recipe at your next meal ( it is great cold too).

Summer Pea Kid Friendly Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 box – penne pasta ( we use gluten free rice pasta)
1 carton or bag of fresh peas (or frozen)
2 – cooked chopped or diced chicken breast ( use organic free range chicken)
3 TBSP of pesto  – Click here for our recipe. ( below too)
Parmesan cheese ( to sprinkle om top)

DIRECTIONS

1. Cook your penne as directed.
2. When it is done, drain, add the rest of the ingredients except for the parmesan cheese.
3. Heat slightly for about a minute, while stirring.
4. Serve in bowls and sprinkle cheese on top.

Serves between 4 to 6

Enjoy!

MERRIN MAKING PESTO

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Simple Solution to Summer Hydration: Eat Your Water

by Dr. Heather Manley on July 10, 2014

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Quenching your body with water is essential in keeping well hydrated and flushing out toxins or wastes that the body does not need or want. When water intake does not equal your output: urination, sweating from warm weather and strenuous exercise and even higher attitudes; you may become dehydrated.

Why Drink Water?

1. Balance of Body Fluids

The body is 60% water. That’s a lot because we need these fluids to do many things in the body: maintaining body temperature, digestion & absorption plus aid in the transportation of nutrients.

2. Kidneys & Colon Need Water to Function

The bodies’ fluids transport waste products – that the body doesn’t want or need -  in and out of cells. When adequate amount of water is present, the kidneys and large intestine ( colon) do a fabulous job of cleansing and ridding  the body of toxins (through urination and bowel movements). If wastes and toxins are not removed they will be reabsorbed in the body and will go through the cycle of removal again… not an optimal way for the body to function.

3. Muscles Need Water

Muscles quickly become fatigued when not enough water/fluids are present in the body cells. It is best to begin drinking water 2 hours before exercise in addition to sipping water during exercise to avoid any fatigue.

Eat more your water: Crazy yet true fact;  About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods. In fact, watermelon and cucumber, both summer favorites, are more than 90 percent water. An added bonus to eating your water, are the abundance of nutrients you will receive. Below are a few other high water content produce:

  • oranges, pomegranate, broccoli, mango, apples, pears, berries, plums, peaches, celery

Do you have any others to add?

Be well,

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