By Pure Matters
The Other Sunshine Fruit
Fresh tomatoes are finally here! When you sink your teeth into a local sun-ripened tomato, it is the true taste of summer sunshine. Right now, keep your toms at room temperature and enjoy them with just a dash of sea salt or with fresh basil and a splash of three-leaf balsamic vinegar.
Although nothing is like a fresh tomato, you can save some of that sunshine fruit in your freezer to use in winter months. Smaller tomatoes like Romas can be put in freezer bags whole. No prep other than washing is necessary. Larger tomatoes can be cut in chunks so that they fit in the bag. Later, just thaw, drain and use to make sauce, salsa or your favorite tomato dish. They are so much better tasting than tomatoes from a can or the wan tomatoes of winter.
Feeling the sand or soft grass or gentle waves under your feet grounds you … literally! Connecting with the earth physically and being unfettered by shoes can energize you and remind you of all your own potential. Enjoy it while it lasts and take note of how great it feels to just be barefoot!
While you are on vacation this summer or at home enjoying the long days, make a summer therapy package. Put some shells, rocks or pressed flowers in a special jar to remind you of your barefoot days. Then if winter’s gray days get you down, break out your vacation jar for a look and treat yourself to a foot soak or massage … and savor the feeling of barefoot days once more.
Be Berry Happy
Local berries are in abundance right now and they are oh so good for you. Like tomatoes you can freeze their yumminess and use them later in anything from pancakes to salad dressings. A smoothie gets a great start with frozen berries. To freeze any berries, arrange them on a cookie sheet in your freezer. Then, once they are frozen, put them in a freezer bag to store. They won’t stick together in one big clump and you will be able to use whatever amount you need.
Sunshine on Your Shoulders
My favorite thing about summer is feeling the sun on my shoulders and the breeze on my back. I’m an outdoor girl and can’t get enough of the summer sun. So I was surprised to find that I had a vitamin D deficiency. I learned that it is not that uncommon for people who live in northern climes since vitamin D is produced in the body in response to sunlight. Even though you can get it in some foods, like fish or egg yolks, supplements are a big help. And if you are a person who stays out of the sun on purpose and/or is a vegetarian the likelihood of having a deficiency is high. Having enough D is essential for good bone and muscle health, so it may be worth a check.