With summer grilling, it seems easier to eat healthily – especially if you are not the person in charge of the grill! But barbecued fish or chicken night after night can get old… and no one wants to roast vegetables in the oven when it’s 80 degrees.
When I’m tired of grilled dinners and am hankering for a fresh, spicy flavor profile that’s perfect for summer, I turn to my friend Sylvia’s fabulous, healthy homemade chicken tacos.
My friend Sly is from San Diego and growing up, her mother would frequently make what Sly calls a ‘fresh sauce’
I’ve found over the years that I’m more motivated to cook a healthy home-cooked, low-cholesterol dinner when I have fresh herbs on hand. So, sometime between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day every year, we go out and purchase a dozen or so herbs and plant them in three large containers we keep on our deck.
While a garden would be great, we have too many deer and rabbits and other critters to make that possible. Oh, who am I kidding. I’m from the Bronx…and am so very NOT outdoor girl. Frankly, the thought of gardening in an actual garden makes me sweat.
Daily exercise is a key part of lowering cholesterol without medication, and in the long, cold winter months, my exercise of choice is tennis (and my real exercise is spin class.)
For those who’ve not tried it yet, spin class is an amazing cardiovascular workout. Some shy away because they’ve heard it’s intense…and it can be. But it doesn’t have to be – if you’re curious, drop by your local gym or spin studio and try a class. First class is often free and – like yoga – it’s best at least at first to go at your own pace and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.