The summer heat means heading outdoors for barbecues, picnics and patios. Having meals outdoors is one of the best parts of summer, but improperly prepared foods can affect our health. Health Canada states that between 11-13 million people have food poisoning yearly. Ensuring the safety of food can be especially challenging this time of year because of the rising temperatures.
There are some hidden dangers you need to know about if weight gain is a concern, if you want to take advantage of summer activities to slim down or if you have health concerns that need to be kept in check. Here are four summer foods, disguised as healthy choices, that may actually be causing you to gain weight.
From a nutrition standpoint, grilling is a great way to prepare foods because it uses very little fat except to add flavour, in limited amounts, if you choose. Also you don't lose nutrients in the cooking water as you do when you boil vegetables, which is the go-to vegetable prep method for a lot of people.
Your boss walks into the lunchroom and says: "Mark your calendar: Tuesday, June 30, my house, 4 p.m., barbecue. We'll shut down the office at noon, so everyone can go home and change. And do not forget your swimsuit. My pool is open. I'll send an email with my address and details. Have a good day." Off he goes. Questions abound in your head.
There's nothing better than a sunny day spent outdoors cooking on the barbecue. On weekends, I often find myself at the cottage rummaging around the fridge for anything I can throw on the grill. And because there is less pomp and circumstance around meals based on the grill, you get more time to savour with your guests.
Meat-free grilling is a simple solution to a complex problem. Supply and demand issues and the outbreak of a deadly diarrheal virus on North American pig farms have sent meat prices through the roof in the last year. Yet the truth is, the meat on our supermarket shelves has been unrealistically cheap for a long time.
I've been to Whistler at least two dozen times and never once bombed down one of its mountains. Not on skis, or a snowboard, or a mountain bike. Am I missing out? I've never felt like it. That's because this haven for intense outdoor sports activities is also fabulous for soft-core warm-weather enjoyment, too, including golfing, hiking, zip lining, and cycling. It's a beautiful part of the world that never bores me.
The first long weekend of the summer is here and you need it, to recharge your batteries, unplug the techno and reconnect with loved ones. In Canada, this first three-day break of the summer generally means a combination of planting, freshening up our homes and an invitation to a barbecue. Here are five barbecue sticky situations and their solutions.