Memorial Day 2011

Boot Camp Schedule

Yeah!  We have boot camp tomorrow, Monday at 6:30 pm. Hopefully your BBQs will be over by then.  Plus, we also have class on Thursday at 6:30 pm. I hope everyone received the message in time last Thursday. I wasn’t sure how bad the storm was going to be, so I wanted to err on the side of caution.

The summer schedule includes a third class on Wednesday mornings at 5:45 am . . . you can do it! What else are you doing at that time besides sleeping?  A flyer will be coming out soon.

Boot Cancer Fitness Challenge Update

We held our first Mini Camp Boot Cancer event in Barre last Saturday and raised $327.00. Then a few days later, Nick from The Confluence said he collected $120.00 more !! That brings our total for the first Mini Camp to $447.00!!!  That’s a great start.  The next Mini Camp is close to home . . . . it’s taking place on Sunday, June 26 during the Franklin County Relay for Life at the Collins-Perley Sports Complex.  The Boot Cancer event is a fundraiser for the ACS’ Relay for Life.  It’s a perfect time and place for a Mini Camp event. Which leads us to your next challenge . . .

Your Next Challenge

Sam G., a recent participant of the 100 Day Challenge, asked me, “What is your next Challenge for us?” I loved that question!! Besides tracking your sit-up, push-up & squat scores, why not throw out other challenges, whether it involves movement, eating, goals, etc. The key is to not toss out too many different challenges, because focus is critical to follow-through.  Soooooooooo, the first challenge to all of you is to participate in the June 26 Boot Cancer Mini Camp in St. Albans. The workout will be announced in a week or two.  To participate there is a minimum donation of $1.00.  The workout can be scaled to your needs. I know, the thought of competition to some of us can be intimidating,  that is the other part of the challenge . . . doing something that you wouldn’t have thought of doing.  The reward is camaraderie, sense of accomplishment, and pride!!

Memorial Day Recipes

Some of us say, “I can’t resist those salads and desserts at cookouts.” “It’s hard to resist those sweet frozen drinks and that tasty chocolate wine.” We often justify overeating or making the wrong food/drink choices at summer activities. Doing it at one cookout won’t tilt the scale, but if you’re a partying summer animal, that scale will start to move slow and steady in the wrong direction.

Don’t sabotage yourself . . . come prepared . . . come prepared to cookouts, road trips, and camping vacations.  We all have to plan and/or prepare for summer events, so why not plan/prepare your food and drink for you and your family? Knowing that you brought a few healthy dishes for everyone in your family, you can all feel good about making the right choices.

Below are some recipe ideas for this summer (heck, for the entire year . . . )

Summertime Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 10 cups fresh spinach
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 ½ cups strawberries, quartered
  • 1 lemon to squeeze on top
  • Fresh cracked pepper to shake on top

1.  To toast walnuts, place in a frying pan over medium high heat. Cook 3-4 minutes, shaking the pan often to keep the nuts from burning.  The nuts are done when they are slightly golden. Set aside to cool.

2.  Whisk together olive oil, the juice of 1 lime, the juice of 1 orange and 1/8 teaspoon each of sea salt and pepper. You’ve just made orange vinaigrette!

3.  Toss together spinach, strawberries, walnuts, avocado and orange vinaigrette in a large bowl. Top with the juice of 1 lemon and freshly             cracked pepper.

Green Chili Turkey Burgers

2 (4 oz.) cans diced green chiles

1 1/2 pound ground turkey

1 cup cilantro, finely chopped

½ cup onion, finely chopped

2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

In a medium sized bowl mix diced chiles with turkey, cilantro, onion, cumin, chili powder and salt.

Form into burgers and grill or fry in skillet.

Chile Mango and Watermelon

Here’s a summer-time dish that complements a Memorial Day meal. If you’re short on time it can be made well in advance and kept cool until serving.

2 C. Watermelon Chunks
1 Mango
Chili Powder
1/2 of a Lime

1. Prepare the watermelon in any fashion you’d like. In our case we cut it into chunks to fit in a bowl, but you most assuredly can cut it into slices and season it the same way just fine.
2. Cut the mango into chunks. For those new to cutting mangoes, there is a large seed running lengthwise close to the middle of the fruit but usually not perfectly centered. Slice the fruit lengthwise close to this seed and then separate the fruit from the skin.
3. Sprinkle the fruit with chili powder and a splash of lime juice and serve.

Sweet Fruit Salad?

Bring this fruity dish so you and your family don’t reach for the processed sugary junk.

Ingredients: (Makes 2 Servings)
1 Large Banana
1/2 C. Frozen Blueberries
8 Frozen Strawberries
6 oz. of Coconut Milk
Handful of Almonds (Walnuts are also excellent!)
Shredded Unsweet Coconut (Optional)


1. Slice the Banana and place in a bowl.
2. Add Frozen Blueberries and Frozen Strawberries.
3. Sprinkle with Almonds and Unsweet Coconut.
4. Pour Coconut Milk over the top. Some of it will coat and freeze to the frozen fruit — delicious.

Dive into Healthy Dips

Sickly Simple Guacamole Dip

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Now just stir and you’re done.  If you want to experiment, try this simple cracker recipe.  I haven’t tried it, but it looks easy.  Let me know how it works out:


Summertime, is also dip and sauce time.  However, most of them are filled with unhealthy fats and sugar! I’m so excited to find this link that has 4 pages of tasty recipes.  Please share the results.  Enjoy!

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