One of my favorite summer salads.

One of my favorite recipes from last year. This year I added a little Aspall organic apple and cranberry Balsamic Vinegar and a table spoon of avocado oil, making this salad all the more splendid.

Citrus Cucumber Herb Salad

This wonderful, refreshing salad has everything you need for sophisticated summer dining. It is very easy to prepare, refreshing, nutritious, and hydrating.


3 medium Kirby cucumbers

1 pink grapefruit (I used organic)

1 cup cilantro leaves

1/8 teaspoon French Grey Sea Salt

DIRECTIONS (Makes 2-3 cups):

Peel the cucumbers lightly, enough so that some of the green still shows. Slice into thin rounds.

Peel and pith the grapefruit and slice into one-inch sections.

Remove the cilantro leaves from the stalks and chop the leaves slightly.

Add the dash of French Grey Sea Salt and mix.

You can use just about any grapefruit but I found the pink to be the best, in terms of flavor and nutrition. At just 100 calories, an entire grapefruit offers 120 percent of your daily Vitamin C requirements, plus more than 50 percent of your Vitamin A needs. Any type of cucumber can be used, but Kirby’s cucumber packs a little more nutrition than other types of cukes. Kirby’s cucumbers are a lean 30 calories each, and are packed with fiber, calcium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. Fresh cilantro adds so much flavor, and for almost no calories. I added the Roland French Grey Sea Salt, a product I am really liking these days. While it is a little on the pricy side, at about $5 for 8.75 oz., I am finding this product very worth the price, as it lasts a long time. However, any salt can be used for this salad if you do not have access to gourmet salts.

This salad stands alone — there is no need for dressing, which also saves one a lot of calories. If you want to dress this salad I would use a simple grapeseed oil and white or rice vinegar dressing to match the fruity flavors. Just be sure to use it sparingly: While a healthy fat, grapeseed oil is 40 calories per teaspoon.

Without dressing, this salad as about 70 calories per 1.5-cup serving and zero grams of fat, and is rich in Vitamins A, K, and C. You get about five grams of fiber per serving.

Training a Senior Client.

Training a Senior Client.

This client is in her 80’s. I am having her sit on the Swiss Ball and bring her elbow to her knee while holding a 5 pound weight. She also activates her core while doing this exercise. We did 3 sets of 10 each side. I am helping her stay on the ball due to the fact that she would not be able to do this exercise on the ball alone. It is a forced repetition ( an advanced technique where the body is forced to do more that it can alone) exercise for balance and core. I am hoping to improve her balance before her summer travels.

A Letter from Senator Gilibrand regarding the over use of Antibiotics.

Dear Ms. Reichert,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me with your support for the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), which would work to end the routine over use of antibiotics on healthy animals and curb the growing threat of superbugs. I am deeply concerned about the misuse of antibiotics by industrial farms and will support this bill when it comes to the floor for a vote.

Medical experts have confirmed that the widespread over use of antibiotics in animals sourced for food has contributed to a dramatic rise in antibiotic-resistant infections in people. That is why I introduced the Antimicrobial Data Collection Act, which would improve reporting of antibiotic sales for food and animal production. The FDA should collect more data to better understand the relationship between anti-microbial use in animals and resistance in humans, and the degree of risk. Improving the safety of our nation’s food supply has been a priority of mine in the Senate, and I was proud to sponsor this legislation.

The FDA estimates that 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used for food animal production. While antibiotics are prescribed in people for short-term disease treatment, these same critically important drugs are often fed to farm animals at low doses, often over their entire lives, creating ideal conditions for the breeding of new and dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This dosing practice increases the likelihood of antibiotic resistant bacteria being transmitted through our food, putting consumer safety at risk.

Antimicrobial resistance is an ever-growing problem within our nation’s health care system, and it is time to take action to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that antibiotic resistance in the United States alone costs an estimated $20 billion a year in excess health care costs, $35 million in other societal costs and more than 8 million additional days that people spend in the hospital.

Antibiotics are one of the greatest treasures of modern medicine, and I will work with my colleagues in the Senate to fight for critical policy that protects public health, maintains a safe food supply system, and preserves effective antimicrobial drugs for humans and animals that are truly ill.

Thank you again for writing to express your concerns, and I hope that you keep in touch with my office regarding future legislation and concerns you may have. For more information on this and other important issues, please visit my website at and sign up for my e-newsletter.


Kirsten E. Gillibrand
United States Senator

Misleading labeling: Family Farm

From; Animal Welfare Approved.

Misleading Label of the Month & Year of the Family Farmer

The United Nations declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) “to recognize the importance of family farming in reducing poverty and improving global food security. The IYFF aims to promote new development policies, particularly at the national but also regional levels, that will help smallholder and family farmers eradicate hunger, reduce rural poverty and continue to play a major role in global food security through small-scale, sustainable agricultural production.” Throughout 2014, we will present updates on family farms and how AWA works with them. We’ll kick off with how we define a family farm in Food Labeling for Dummies;

Family Farm
No legal or regulated definition

Includes any farm where the majority of the business is owned by the operator and individuals related to the operator by blood or marriage, including relatives who do not reside in the operator’s household.

Nevertheless, this claim means nothing in terms of specific production practices, sustainability or size. Unless the claim is defined and verified by an independent third party its meaning can vary greatly.

For more misleading labels, view the full version of Food Labeling for Dummies, or download our app Food Labels Exposed.