I’m in the process of heading home to the Pacific Northwest, and while I love watching the fireworks display over the lake at my Mum’s home, at this time of year, I also remember driving along the main North – South freeway on July 4th, in years past, watching fireworks light the skies from town to town, as America celebrates. It’s a really different, special and holistic perspective than just being in one town that night.
As families get ready to party together, here’s a healthier version of the usual potato salad, and in my diabetes diet plan, remember, don’t be afraid to use as much extra-virgin organic olive oil as you need to lightly moisten the salad properly; use the designated oil rather than mayonnaise, for several important health reasons.
The fats in the avocado and olive oil will also NOT impact your blood sugar because the oils slow-down the “spike” from the carbohydrates as you digest the meal more slowly. The recommended diet guidelines from Dr. Robert O. Young, PhD’s pH Miracle dietary plan and many other researchers now prefer a higher percentage of calories from “healthy” monosaturated and Omega-3 oils (NOT from polyunsaturated oils!) rather than from the heavy carbohydrates: grains and sugars, or even fruit.
So, I made this recipe originally for July 1, to celebrate what would have been my parent’s 65th wedding anniversary, but it works wonderfully for your celebrations for July 4th or later for Guy Fawke’s Day in the Commonwealth. And, by posting it today, you still have time to shop for the ingredients, prepare and chill it — how “cool” is that! I’m organized in the midst of apparent chaos!
Surrounded by 1,400 fires already in Northern California, I urge you to use good sense when using fireworks, including to refrain from using them, if conditions demand it!
Have a safe and sane holiday, and have fun with your multi-generational family, if at all possible. Maintain strong family ties and build memories together.
Also, please remember the sacrifices so many have made, and are continuing to make, on our behalf. We live in what can be a great country, but we have to continually re-invent ourselves, while retaining our core values, in an ever-changing and provacative world.
Be a Patriot. Please don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Do work for much-needed Change. There are many ways to be brave and to serve your country well.
Be proactive. Be vocal. Don’t accept the status quo. Make positive Change happen – for our country and for our planet – and do so in spite of the sad politics-as-usual offerings or short, eclipsed view of The Future. Be a participant.
Now more than ever, your country needs you and your original ideas.
Best to all — Em
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Em’s July 4th “Fireworks Potato Salad”
Serves 4 – 6 small portions
___ 1 to 1 1/2C spelt or rice macaroni elbows, cooked, but not overly soft, just to “al dente”
___ 1 sweet potato, unpeeled, washed and scrubbed, 3/4″ chunk cross-sections*, steamed but firm, approx. 7 – 10 minutes. Prick-test with a fork.
___ 3 medium to large red potatoes, unpeeled, washed and scrubbed, 3/4″ cross-sections*, steamed, approx. 7 – 10 minutes. Test with a fork.
___ ½ dill pickle, diced small
___ 3 stalks of celery heart, sliced thinly and diced
___ 3 – 6 T extra-virgin,organic olive oil
___ generous sprinkle of organic garlic powder
___ 1/16t mild curry powder ( I always use Sharwood’s – http://www.sharwoods.com )
___ organic sea salt – to taste
___ organic black pepper – to taste
___ Optional garnish:
“melon” balls of avocado tossed in lemon juice
confetti squares of red bell pepper
organic, cage-free hard-boiled egg/s, chopped, to “edge” the bowl
Make sure NOT to over-cook anything. The pasta and potatoes need to be slightly under-cooked or “just” cooked in order to survive, with their shapes intact, when GENTLY tossing the salad. As soon as all ingredients are dressed and tossed in a large container, add the garnishes for color and nutrition, only in the final presentation. Chill it well. If it is served outside, put it in a chilled bowl of ice, if possible, but never leave it out any longer than 60 – 90 minutes, depending on the day’s temperature.
*Optional: use a star cookie cutter to cut shape, before steaming the slices.
___ The spelt or rice pasta is usually OK for people with gluten intolerance or wheat allergy and if this is a public party, it is important for it to be labeled “gluten-free” if made with rice and the grain-source listed, if spelt, so they can decide whether to taste it, and people know it is safe for them.
___ The sweet potato is a highly alkaline food, offsetting some of the pH acidity from the grains. It also is a high fiber – low glycemic index food and is a fabulous source of Vitamin A.
___ The red potatoes must be served with their skins to be alkaline food and to maintain their vitamin content. Red potatoes are the best to use for potato salads as they have the best consistency to survive tossing — thank you Martha Stewart for that information that has always worked well.
___ Although an acidic food, I included the dill pickle, as it is traditional, but I down-played it’s quantity. I wanted the sweetness from the sweet potato to have only a whisper of a counter-point, in the hope that it’s sweetness will satisfy your brain’s endorphin receptors, and that you will not crave other “sweets” as much, or at all, during this meal.
___ The celery is traditional, provides fiber that slows the glycemic “load” of the recipe, provides needed “crunch” as well as substances that help calm you a little on an evening already “sparked” with too much adrenaline rush.
___ The olive oil and avocado provide healthy fats as mentioned above, and they help to modify your appetite by providing satiety, without a blood sugar cost, and with a moderate caloric cost. Research also shows that you require adequate amounts of the “healthy” fats – monsaturated and Omega 3’s – to lose weight or to avoid obesity.
___ The garlic and turmeric in the curry powder provide natural antibiotics to help keep the dish safer if it sits on a buffet table, as well as providing flavor. The curry spices are also used in hot countries to “spark’ a little perspiration, which will help you to “cool down” on a hot day or evening.
___ The red bell pepper provides Vitamin C.
___ The minced parsley provides some of the essential B Vitamins.
___ The organic, whole sea salt contains all the vital minerals and electrolytes to replace on a warm / hot day that are lost thru perspiration. The organic black pepper provides a little chromium to help blood sugar by letting insulin act more effectively.
___ The organic, free-range chicken egg/s provides extra protein and boosts the vegetable proteins. It would still be an acceptable dish for all vegetarians except vegans (they would object to only the eggs, so remove their portion before garnishing with the eggs).
According to the female dermatologist I saw on Good Morning America this morning (nothing on their webpage 7.3.08), insect repellent and sunblock should NOT be mixed!
This is not general knowledge, and as some of you will be partying all day and into the night, or are on camping trips, it is important to know that you must stage the application of these products.
You can read a bit more about the health issues in the links below, but the gist is that sunblock increases the absorption rate of the insecticide into YOUR body … as much as 630% more, according to Canadian studies, if a combined application or product is used.
SO, use sunblock during the day, and at dusk, make sure than the sunblock has disappeared well or been washed off, then apply your repellent. The GMA dermatologist says NO DEET sprays or insecticide creams for children under 12 years old! For children, diabetics, and senior adults, skin is automatically thinner, so more absorbable. For these groups, then, especially children, use a natural insecticide preparation like Burt’s Bees or “Don’t Bite Me!”, she said.
I am not sure how dermatologists would prefer you deal with tics, biting midges etc., which can bite you in the daytime. Please discuss this with your physician in more detail.
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