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Summertime Cooking, The Healthy Way with Elaine Magee, RD

Enjoy the joys of summer -- and stay healthy too!

Cobbling Up a Lighter Cobbler continued...

I want everybody to remember that you do not want to eat food that has been out at room temperature for two hours or more.

Moderator: Speaking of that, let's talk about food safety in the summer.

Magee: Fruit salad is fine, because it doesn't have animal products in it. If a pasta salad, macaroni salad or meat or eggs are in the sun or hotter than room temperature, it's safe for less than two hours. Please be careful. Do NOT eat food that's been out too long. If you're serving the food, keep those foods on ice, if possible.

Moderator: Any good advice about beverages?

Magee: It's important in hot weather to drink plenty of water and decaffeinated beverages to hydrate. For the adults drinking the beer, drinking a light or nonalcoholic beer really cuts the calories. For lemonade, I make half Crystal Lite lemonade and half real lemonade and I find it satisfies most people. You basically have half the calories. I love iced tea. Making a fancy herb iced tea, having that all the time in the refrigerator in the summer all the time, is great. And if you make an herb tea it's decaf, generally.

Moderator: If you like your iced tea sweetened, you can cut the sugar and add to the flavor by adding fresh mint.

Elaine, we are almost out of time. Before we wrap up for today, do you have any final comments for us?

Magee: I just wanted to mention my most recent books. The Flax Cookbook, The Recipe Doctor, and Tell Me What to Eat if I Have Acid Reflux. There are also Tell Me What to Eat books for IBS, type 2 diabetes, and menopause.

Moderator: Our thanks to Elaine Magee, RD, for sharing her expertise with us today. Goodbye and good health.

Reviewed on June 06, 2004

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