WEEKEND POST 133

From the Author

This Weekly Suppers trackback is a light lunch that came together in minutes — composed salads of cucumber ribbons, edamame and chopped pistachios atop a roughly 1/2-inch-thick slice of super sweet locally-grown cantaloupe, simply dressed with a squeeze of lime, homemade mint oil + fresh mint and the first leaves of our baby spinach.

Sometimes combining what fresh ingredients you have (+ what matches!) makes for the pleasantest of mealtime surprises.

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WEEKEND POST 132

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Hello, Friends! What are your plans this weekend? Looks like the country will sweat it out in unity, some of us luckily saved by rain. But if it thunderstorms, consider forgoing that shower until the skies are clear. EEEEEK!

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Nutrient Spotlight on Calcium

From the Author Nutrient Spotlight

This post is part of the series Nutrient Spotlight... meant to explore the what, why, where, and how of important dietary players, with some culinary inspiration to get you started.

What is the most plentiful mineral in the human body? You guessed it – calcium.

What is it? // Why do I need it?

Predominantly found in the skeletal network, calcium is vital to strong bones and healthy teeth, essential in the prevention of osteoporosis, degenerative bone diseases, fractures, and age-related bone loss. It is also part of the framework that makes up our tissues, nerve cells, blood and other fluids wherein it helps promote a strong heart and circulatory system, proper muscle and nerve function, blood clotting, and the release of certain hormones.

During pregnancy, adequate maternal stores of calcium promote healthy development of fetal bones, muscles, teeth and heart. Deficiency may result in decreased maternal bone mass, tooth damage and increased osteoporosis risk later in life as the woman’s body will pull from her stores to strengthen those of the baby. Adequate maternal calcium is still important after delivery to enrich the baby through breastmilk and prevent depletion of maternal bone stores.

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WEEKEND POST 130

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Last week I finished reading The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. (Perhaps you’ve seen the magical film adaptation?) Irreverent and curious and wondrous, the words and illustrations brought me great joy.

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

What are you reading (or re-reading) right now? Recommendations welcome for my travels back to Charleston next week!

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