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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt July 27, 2014
By Paola Henderson
SUMMER IS FINALLY IN FULL FORCE, and the living is
easy! Do you notice in summertime how everything
seems promising? The plants are in full bloom and the
sun feels glorious on your skin. The longer days give you
boundless energy, making you feel like it's possible to
achieve all your desires and dreams. Why not harness
this energy, ride the wave, and try something new?
Throughout the year we live at an intense pace (physi-
cal, emotional and mental), and we often get stuck in
routine, either for the sake of efficiency or out of fear
of unfamiliar territory. The lack of variety in doing the
same things over and over stagnates not only our
minds, but also our bodies and hearts. Are you hesitant
to break your routine? Fear and excitement have the
same physiological expression in our bodies; it is our
mind that classifies the feeling as either positive or neg-
ative. So the next time you consider a change in routine
and your mind says "scary!", see if you can re-frame it
What is something you have never done before or that
you have wanted to do for a long time? Choose your
own adventure: organise a kayak trip, get on a bike and
ride, take a dance class, do some exotic travelling or set
a goal for a new personal challenge. Or try something
simple, like playing kick the pan with your kids and
neighbours or reading in the sunshine. Maybe it's time
to discover a new vegetable dish or to visit a different
part of Trinidad or a new restaurant or beach.
Whatever adventure calls to you, use this summer to
make it happen and enjoy your life. Increasing new ex-
periences and excitement in your life can decrease your
dependence on artificial stimulants like caffeine and
sugar, leading to more vibrant health. Watch out for
massive improvements in physical well-being, mental
acuity and motivation, plus a full portfolio of fun.
Food Focus: Raw and Cooling Salads
Why is it that in the summer we naturally crave more
fresh and raw foods? These foods have a cooling effect
on the body. The lightness and high water, fibre and vi-
tamin content work together to act as our internal air
conditioning during these hot months. At this time of
year we also need less dense, high-energy food because
we get so much energy from being outside in the fresh
air and sunshine. Have fun creating your own fresh,
tasty, creative salad combinations. By simply tossing to-
gether several of your favourite raw veggies, naked or
with a light dressing, you have a perfect meal for a hot
• Try your favourite leafy lettuce with various sliced,
diced or grated veggies. The possible combinations are
• Fresh herbs are a wonderful option to mix in, as they
are packed full of flavour.
• Experiment with adding diverse forms of protein to
your salads, such as nuts, seeds, beans, tofu, fish or
• Make your own healthy dressing like lemon juice, black
pepper and olive oil.
This is a great opportunity to try a new vegetable from
your market. What are some creative flavours you've
never tried before? Fennel and mint? Radishes and
arugula? Squash with watercress? Whatever you
choose, have fun with your food.
Pachoy Apple Slaw
Prep time: 7 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
6 stalks pachoy (about 1/2 head), thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 apple, sliced
1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
salt and black pepper to taste
1. First make the dressing by combining all the ingredi-
ents and whisking well.
2. Chop all the salad ingredients, leaving the apples until
last. Mix in a salad bowl.
3. Toss salad with half the dressing. Add additional
dressing if desired.
4. Eat immediately, or chill for up to one hour and then
add the apples just before eating.
Asian Watercress Salad
Prep time: 7 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
1 bunch washed watercress
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup cooked millet or quinoa
1-1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2/3 tablespoons flavoured vinegar
1. Tear watercress into desirable size pieces.
2. Mix with carrots in a salad bowl.
3. Drizzle sesame oil and vinegar over salad and toss.
4. Serve in individual salad bowls. Sprinkle millet or
quinoa over salad and serve.
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