Kid-Friendly Rainbow Fruit Platter

This is a fun and easy recipe that gets the kids “cooking,” so build these together in just about 30 minutes for a healthy crowd-pleaser. The choice of fruit is up to you, so choose your favorites or simply substitute. A one-cup serving is just 80 calories and just 15 grams of sugar, as shown. If anyone is allergic to certain fruits (like strawberries), just leave them out and substitute!

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When in Doubt, Throw It Out

No matter how much you might be craving that leftover potato salad, if it’s past its prime, don’t dine.

Each year, one in six people in the U.S. gets food poisoning from the Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli bacteria in spoiled food. That’s 48 million cases annually with 128,000 hospitalizations (and 3,000 deaths).

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Say “Buzz Off” to Mosquitos That Carry Disease

Mosquitos and summer go hand in hand, as the days are longer and activities can stretch from the early morning into dusk. The longer time spent outdoors, the more exposure we have to annoying dive-bomber mosquitos and other bugs that bite. But some mosquitos can pose a real danger to humans and pets, especially when they carry either the West Nile virus or the Zika virus — diseases like that can’t be prevented with a vaccine or medication. That’s why protection is key, if we want to enjoy the season as planned.

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Ticks: Unwelcome Passengers

Ticks – the small, blood-sucking bugs that live outdoors in grass, leaf piles, trees, and shrubs – like to hitch a ride: on you, or your dog, or your cat. Unlike other bugs, ticks like to stick around by remaining attached to your body after they bite. Most tick bites are harmless, but some pass diseases on to their human or animal “landing” sites, often causing symptoms within the first few weeks.

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Cauliflower “Rice” Salad

Try this low-calorie (120 for a one-cup serving), low-carb (just 8 g.) salad of “rice” – veggie style! Using cauliflower as a substitute (a good source of potassium), you’ll find it to be light yet filling, and a lovely accompaniment to many main dishes, including grilled seafood. (You may have to let guests in on the secret after the fact; they may not even know that it’s not rice!)

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