One of my favorite things about summer is grilling! Today I’m going to share with you a family favorite.

Grilled Pizza:
Although some people make their own pizza crusts, for our pizza crusts, I’ve been using Naan bread.  You can use any premade pizza crust, flatbread, or even a pita pocket.

I start with my crust, add some sauce. Most of the times, I use pizza sauce. The other day I ran out of pizza sauce, so I just added pizza seasonings to a marinara sauce that I had on hand. If you’re not in the mood for a tomato sauce, Alfredo sauce works great too!

Next, add your favorite toppings. (With the alfredo sauce, cut up grilled chicken is an excellent choice.)

Top with your favorite cheese.

I have a gas grill, so if you use charcoal or something else, you will need to adjust cooking methods.

Oops, a little over cooked.

Oops, a little over cooked.

To cook using a gas grill:
I start my grill before I make my pizza’s so it will be hot and ready to go when the pizzas are assembled. I make sure the grill is on lowest cook settings. I put the pizza on the top shelf. I will close the lid for 2 to 3 minutes to help the cheese melt. Then, with the lid open, I will check the crust every minute or 2. You can’t tell if the crust is burning unless you lift pizza up and check. (Lesson learned the hard way–the image here shows what NOT to do. No worries, hubby saved the day. He just scraped the toppings off and put on another crust–2nd attempt was a success.)

When the crust is nice and golden, take the pizza off the grill.

Serve with a lettuce salad and fruit for dessert. A quick, easy, fun and healthy summer supper.

Additional recipe sites for grilled pizza:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/205110/grilled-pizza/

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/grilled-pizza-three-ways-recipe.html

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-grill-pizza-cooking-lessons-from-thekitchn-120920

Just for fun, what’s your favorite pizza topping?

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays. But along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms – especially during July.

In 2013, eight people died and about 11,400 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. And while the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives, 40 percent were from legal, less powerful devices.

Fireworks also are responsible for thousands of home fires each year. The National Fire Protection Association reports that in 2011, fireworks caused about 1,200 structure fires.

 

 

Sparklers with American FlagFirework Safety Tips

If fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips

  • Always purchase fireworks from a reliable source.
  • Use fireworks as directed on consumer product safety label; never alter products.
  • Observe local laws and use good COMMON SENSE.
  • Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.
  • A responsible ADULT should supervise all firework activities.
  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; AWAY from buildings and vehicles.
  • NEVER carry fireworks in your POCKET.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor trashcan.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

Following are some fireworks that are legal for consumers to purchase and use in some states.

Sparklers

Every year, young children can be found along parade routes and at festivals with sparklers in hand, but they are a lot more dangerous than most people think. Parents don’t realize they burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and many children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet.

Bottle Rockets

These small rockets are attached to a stick, lit by a fuse and typically fired from a bottle. Teens have been known to have bottle rocket wars, firing them at one another and causing chest, head and eye injuries.

Physicians at Vanderbilt Eye Institute at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have seen so many eye injuries caused by bottle rockets they conducted a study they hope will lead to better education and “legislative enhancements” on fireworks safety.

“The majority of the children (in the study) ended up with reduced vision, and probably half of those were deemed legally blind,” said Dr. Franco Recchia, associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Vanderbilt.

Firecrackers

Firecrackers are designed to explode on the ground. They are often linked together by one long fuse and explode in a series. They are designed to be very noisy, but they also can cause burns and other serious injuries.

Roman Candles

Roman candles eject multiple exploding shells from a tube the user holds in his or her hand. There have been numerous reports of children losing fingers, severe burns and other injuries, which are sometimes caused when the device gets jammed.

Be Well South Dakota wishes you a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. 

Source: Fireworks Safety–NSC.org

Today, I’d like to introduce to a water sport activity that is making a splash. It’s the Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP for short).

SUP is an awesome form of aquatic exercise that all ages and fitness levels can enjoy. All you need is a calm body of water, a little bit of gear, and some basic technique. According to Wikipedia,  SUP was identified as the outdoor sporting activity with the most first-time participants of any in the United States in 2013.

Paddle boarding delivers a full-body workout and thus has become a popular cross-training activity.

SUP Gear

Good news: You need just a few key pieces of equipment to enjoy SUP.

Stand up paddle board: This is by far your most significant gear investment. Your board choice is determined by a combination of paddler weight and skill, your intended use and the local conditions. See a sporting goods expert or check out this article https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/how-to-choose-a-stand-up-paddleboard.html

Paddle: Stand up paddles have an angle or “elbow” in the shaft for maximum efficiency. The standard advice is to choose a paddle that’s roughly 6″ to 8″ taller than you are.

PFD (Personal Flotation Device): The U.S. Coast Guard classifies stand up paddleboards as vessels, so always wear a PFD. (You should also carry a safety whistle and use a light if you are paddling after sunset).

Proper clothing: For cool conditions where hypothermia is a concern, wear a wetsuit or dry suit. In milder conditions, wear shorts and a T-shirt or bathing suit—something that moves with you and can get wet.

Leash: Typically sold separately, a leash tethers your SUP to you, keeping it close by if you fall off. Your SUP is a large flotation device, so being attached to it can be important for your safety. There are leashes designed specifically for surf, flatwater and rivers; be sure to purchase the correct one for your intended use.

Sun protection: Wear sunscreen and sunglasses.

Here are some Saddle Boarding Tips:

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How about you? Have you gone paddleboarding? Is it something you would like to try?

Article Source: www.rei.com

 

Hi, South Dakota! Can you believe it, the first day of summer has passed and now our days will be getting shorter? Before we know it, old man winter will be knocking at our door.

How many of you set a health related resolution/goal on January 1st? Were you successful? Did you accomplish your goals? Or are you like the majority and forgot you even set a resolution? Well, we still have 6 months of 2016 and let me tell you–IT’S NOT TOO LATE to set yourself up for success.

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Here are a few health tips to get you started today!

  1. Get outside. Early mornings or after supper are perfect times to get out and walk. If you haven’t been exercising, start small. Set a goal of walking 10 minutes a day, 3 days a week. Next week, either add a day or add 5 minutes. By this fall you will have worked up the recommended amount of 30 to 45 minutes, 5 days a week.
  2. Start adding healthier foods. When it comes to healthy eating, so many of us get in the “diet” or “deprivation” mentality. Talk about setting ourselves up for defeat. Something that has helped me “get my health on” is by adding foods that are good for me. I find that when I fill up with healthy food choices, I’m too full for the “yuck” foods. Another thing is, I like to set a new mini-nutrition goal every week. Some mini-nutrition goals can be increasing water intake, eating breakfast, limiting sweets, or decreasing soda consumption. When I’m trying to lose weight, I make watching my portion sizes my mini-goal for that week.
  3. Follow a sleep schedule. For many, sleep is an area we cut corners–especially in the summer when there are so many fun things to do. (Not to mention the longer daylight.) Getting enough sleep should be at the top of everyone’s health priority list.

Our health is a precious gift. What health habits do you need to change so you can set yourself up for success?

Do you want some additional resources for healthy living? Here are a few of our favorites:

www.cdc.gov

http://www.letsmove.gov/

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

http://livewellsiouxfalls.org/

http://healthysd.gov/

Here’s a special dish to treat dad to this weekend! (I’m going to try grilling the chicken instead of baking since it’s going to be so hot this weekend.)

Blackened Chicken and Strawberry Salad

Strawberry vinaigrette
  1. 1 lb strawberries, halved
  2. 2 tsp sugar
  3. juice of 1/2 lemon
  4. 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  5. 2 tbsp olive oil
Chicken
  1. 4 chicken breasts
  2. 1 tsp paprika
  3. 1/2 tsp oregano
  4. 1/2 tsp cayenne
  5. 1/2 tsp cumin
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  8. 1/4 tsp onion powder
  9. 1 tbsp oil
Remaining ingredients
  1. 8 cups spinach
  2. 8 ounces crumbled feta
  3. 1 lb strawberries, sliced
  4. 1 1/3 cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until strawberries have softened, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer strawberries to a blender and puree until smooth. Strain the mixture. Cool.
  3. Whisk together the pureed strawberries with balsamic vinegar. Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Combine seasoning for chicken from paprika – onion powder. Liberally sprinkle seasoning mixture onto both sides of the chicken.
  5. Heat oil in saute pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sear on both sides, about 1 minute on each side. Transfer to a baking sheet. Finish cooking chicken in the oven until juices run clear, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes before slicing.
  6. Toss together spinach with feta, sliced strawberries, cranberries and salad dressing. Portion on four plates and top with sliced chicken. Serve.

Recipe and Image Source: Cherry On My Sundae