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  • Berry Blast Popsicles

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    MAKES 10 POPSICLES

    2 cups plain yogurt

    3 tablespoons honey

    1 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract

    3 ounces raspberries

    3 ounces strawberries, hulled

    6 ounces blueberries

    In a bowl, combine the yogurt and honey. Whisk until smooth and the honey is blended into the yogurt.

    In a small food processor, add in rasp­berries and the hulled strawberries. Add in ¼ cup of the honeyed yogurt and process until smooth. Spoon 1 ½ table­spoons of the berry and yogurt mixture into each of the popsicle molds. Tap the molds on the counter so it will level out and then place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set.

    Rinse out the food processor with water and add in the blueberries and ¼ cup of the yogurt. Do not blend just yet.

    Mix the vanilla extract into the remaining 11/2 cups of honeyed yogurt. Spoon the vanilla-honeyed yogurt evenly, dividing it among each of the molds. Gently tap the mold on the counter to level the yogurt layer and then place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set.

    Once the yogurt layer is firm, blend the blueberries and yogurt in the food processor until smooth. Spoon the blueberry mixture evenly among each of the molds. Gently tap the mold on the counter so the final berry layer levels out. Cover the popsicle mold with its lid or aluminum foil and insert wooden sticks ¾ of the way in the center of each popsicle. Freeze for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

    To remove: Set popsicle mold in a dish of hot water for a moment and gently pull to release the popsicles from the mold. Source: Simply Organic

  • Have a Better Beach Day

    Hot, sunny, and steamy weekends are the perfect time to pack up the family and head toward water.

  • Slick Summer Safety

    Taking the kids camping this month? Planning a family hiking trip? For everyone hauling cumbersome outdoor gear, remember these backpack safety tips to prevent back and shoulder injuries.

    Use both shoulder straps to distribute the backpack’s weight and keep posture aligned.

  • Soothing Summer Skin

    Midsummer is full of activity: From backyard bashes to county fairs to afternoons on the pontoon, we’re bound to spend a lot of time outside. Although we may be thankful for the warmer temperatures, longer days, and fun in the sun, our skin may be singing a different tune.

    Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you have to itch
    By Dr. Linda Miles, DOM
  • Summer on the Road

    The road trip is a universal ideal that has become glorified by American pop culture. From literature to music to movies, the journey boasts feelings of freedom, spontaneity, and discovery.

    A guide to having entertaining and relaxing road trips
    By Erica Tasto
  • Pre-Vacation Preparation

    It’s the usual story: going on day three of your much-anticipated summer vacation and, well, you haven’t used the facilities. The gas, bloating, and cramping are kicking in. You’re starting to get uncomfortable and irritable. Suddenly, your relaxing vacation is feeling a lot less so. Your mind starts to race and you wonder what you can do. Take a laxative?

    Have successful summer travels by learning more about the condition that affects millions
    By Ed Levine, MD
  • Agua Fresca

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    1 cup finely chopped watermelon

    7 cups coarsely chopped watermelon

    6 cups watermelon juice

    ½ cup sugar

    1 lime, large and juiced

    1 serving water (if needed)

    Combine all ingredients in a large serving pitcher. Garnish with watermelon wedges and mint. Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board

  • Pineapple & Mint Infused Water

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    Pineapple spears

    Mint

    For a 32-ounce batch, use 2 pineapple spears (approx. 1 inch by 4 inches) and 1 sprig (6 to 8 leaves) of mint. Infuse in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight. Strain before serving. Source: infusedwaters.com

  • Exploring Your Own Backyard

    Now that it’s officially summertime and the livin’ is easy, step outside your normal routine and explore all that your neck of the woods—or city—has to offer. Although we all engage in plenty of fun summer activities every year, we encourage you to try something new: something you’ve never done before, while keeping budget and convenience in mind.

  • Lyme Disease

    Keep yourself and your family safe and healthy this season by taking the time to learn about pesky insects such as deer ticks. The most common infection caused by deer ticks is Lyme disease. The bacteria that cause the disease usually create symptoms such as an expanding rash that may look like a bull’s-eye, joint pain, chills, fever, headaches, and fatigue.

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