Fill Your Plate’s Collection of Summer Recipes

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern

 

Looking for the perfect recipe for your next barbeque? Fill Your Plate has dozens of summer recipes for you that are sure to please friends and family alike. Browse our summer recipes below!

 

Refreshing Summer Dishes

Summertime Means Sweet Corn Time

What’s in Season this Summer?

Juicy-Sweet, Watermelon Is The Perfect Summertime Treat

6 Mouth-watering Recipes To Try This Memorial Day

Quick Summer Meals for Busy Families

Top 6 Summer Picks for Local Arizona Foods

Homemade Strawberry Julius Recipe

Arizona Grown Produce and Meats Make Summer Grilling Even More Delicious! Find Some Here!!

10 Ideas to Celebrate Labor Day

Top Ten Ways to Make S’mores

My Top 10 List of Summer Veggies

The Art of Salad Making

Summer Barbecue Staples

Fill Your Plate with Cantaloupe

Yummy Summer Smoothies!

Fun Summer Snacks

Summer Flavor: 14 of my Favorite Infused Waters

Spring and Summer Ice Pops

7 Tips for Hosting Great Summer BBQs on a Budget

Fix-Ahead Food for Your Summer Road Trip

 

Don’t forget to check out our recipe database on Fill Your Plate for even more delicious recipes!

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Arizona Summer Boredom Busters

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern

 

 

 

Looking for something fun to do with your kids, friends, or family this summer? We’ve got you covered! Check out these great ideas below.

 

Visit the Aquarium or the Zoo

There are a couple aquariums in Arizona that are sure to mesmerize your little ones. Try Arizona Sea Life Aquarium or OdySea Aquarium.  The Phoenix Zoo is another fun trip to make; just make sure to bring lots of water and to wear hats and plenty of sunscreen! Bearizona is another fun zoo experience that you can bring your kids to where you can enjoy the cooler weather up in Williams.

 

Mesa Arts Center Classes

The Mesa Arts Center offers classes for most ages, you can browse and sign up for classes here. They offer classes in ceramics, painting, glass blowing, music, theater, photography, and more. I have taken a ceramics class there over the summer and really enjoyed it!

 

Plays, Musicals, and Other Performing Arts Events

Scottsdale Center for The Performing Arts

Queen Creek Performing Arts Center

Higley Performing Arts Center

Hale Centre Theatre

ASU Gammage

 

Art Museums

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Phoenix Art Museum

Tucson Museum of Art

The University of Arizona Museum of Art

Heard Museum

 

History Museums

Davis-Monthan AFB AMARG Facility in Tucson

Arizona Museum of Natural History

Arizona Historical Society Museums

 

Science Museums

Arizona Science Center

The Biosphere 2

 

Summer Movies

Harkins Summer Movie Fun

Schnepf Farms Drive In Movies

 

Public Pools and Water Parks

Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center

Golfland SunSplash

Hurricane Harbor

Big Surf

Oasis Water Park

 

Rollercoaster Parks

Castles and Coasters

Enchanted Island

 

Find more fun ideas for summer activities on Fill Your Plate’s blog!

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Recent Study Suggests That Leafy Greens Aid in Improving Muscle Function

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director

According to recent findings, folks who had a higher habitual dietary intake of nitrate-rich vegetables like spinach, lettuce and kale had 11% stronger lower limb strength, as well as up to 4% faster-walking speed, compared with those with lower dietary nitrate intake. With Yuma, Arizona the Winter Lettuce Bowl Capitol of the United States, we can sing the praises of these findings!

The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, were based on data from 3,759 adults in Australia. This is a real celebration for our Arizona produce farmers throughout the state since we grow so much of these wonderful high-value agriculture commodities.

03 FEBRUARY 2003 – YUMA, ARIZONA, USA: Harvesting lettuce on the Flanagan Farms near Yuma, AZ. PHOTO BY JACK KURTZ

For the first time, a leafy green, Head Lettuce (at over $1 billion), beat out dairy and cattle as the top Arizona agriculture product in cash receipts (2019 USDA statistics; 2020 not available to report until fall 2021).

  • Head Lettuce                     1                        $1.086 Billion
  • Milk                                     2                            $851 Million
  • Cattle/Calves                     3                            $784 Million

Other Neat Facts About Arizona’s Leafy Greens

  • Governor Jan Brewer proclaimed the month of November “Arizona Leafy Greens Month.” The month celebrates the kickoff of Arizona’s leafy greens season, with abundant growth, harvest, and shipments of Arizona-grown lettuce throughout the United States and Canada.
  • The desert southwest is the only place in America that can grow these tender crops in the wintertime, providing a fresh, wholesome, home-grown source of veggies.
  • Yuma County ranks in the top 1/10th of 1% of US counties in vegetable production.
  • Daily between Thanksgiving and Easter, 1,000 to 1,200 semi-truckloads of leafy greens leave Yuma to deliver all over America and Canada so all of us can enjoy our leafy greens even during the wintertime.
  • Nearly 20% of Arizona’s leafy greens are produced organically and 80% conventionally to meet consumer interest in both.
  • Americans eat an estimated 130 million salads a day.
  • Arizona’s 15 leafy greens covered by the Arizona Leafy Greens Agreement(AZ LGMA) which assures stringent food safety practices?
    1. Endive
    2. Escarole
    3. Spring Mix
    4. Cabbage
    5. Romaine Lettuce
    6. Butter Lettuce
    7. Arugula
    8. Iceberg Lettuce
    9. Green Leaf Lettuce
    10. Red Leaf Lettuce
    11. Baby Leaf Lettuce
    12. Spinach
    13. Kale
    14. Chard
    15. Radicchio
  • Yuma County is considered America’s winter salad bowl. But lots of leafy greens are coming from Arizona’s Maricopa County too.

Healthy Motivation of Leafy Greens

  • Eating more leafy greens is healthy for you as the study at the beginning of this article confirms! Additionally, leafy greens, especially the dark green ones, are packed with phytonutrients, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • The darker leafy greens are rich in A, C, E and K, and broccoli, bok choy and mustards are also rich in several B vitamins.
  • Kale contains more Vitamin C than oranges.
  • Bok Choy, though celery-like in appearance, belongs to the cabbage family.
  • Collard greens have been studied for their ability to lower cholesterol.
  • Cabbage dates to the 1600s. Some drink juiced cabbage for stomach and intestinal issues.
  • The Vitamin K contained in dark leafy vegetables is good for protecting bones from osteoporosis and helping prevent inflammatory diseases.
  • The most appealing benefits of dark green leafy vegetables is their low calorie and carbohydrate content and their low glycemic index.
  • Romaine lettuce is one of the five lettuce types and an excellent source of folate and vitamin K.
  • Spinach is a natural hydrator with raw spinach 91% water. It’s an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, and fiber.

So, since Arizona farmers are shipping their leafy greens all over the United States in the winter, we can feel proud we’re contributing to the health of all Americans. At least if they eat our leafy greens. Find out more about your green vegetables by doing a search within the Fill Your Plate Blog section.

 

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Nutritionists Suggest the Right Way to Cook Cabbage

Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director

In recent years, Arizona cabbage has been listed in our top 20 agriculture commodities we grow in this beautiful state. In fact, as a crop, this nutritious leafy green brings millions of dollars into the state because of how much we grow. Why? It’s because of how much you and I eat!

We, of course, know cabbage for some of our personal favorite Cole Slaw recipes. But did you know that our nutrition experts suggest that we should really pay attention to the way we cook cabbage?

According to Maxine Smith in the article Cabbage, when cooked properly, packs a lot of nutrients, fast and simple methods provide the optimum intake of nutrients.

The article highlights all the vitamins and nutrients you get from cabbage. Arizona agriculture is quite proud that we so successfully and abundantly grow this important vegetable.

For other articles on food, recipes and nutrition, continue visiting our Fill Your Plate blog.

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How To Pack a Suitcase

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern

 

 

I live near my college during the week and visit my parents about an hour away on the weekends. You could say I am a frequent packer. I also was a missionary for a year, where I moved every 6 weeks and lived out of one large suitcase, one small carry-on suitcase, and later a few plastic tubs😉 because I didn’t know we were allowed to bring a second suitcase. And of course, the countless family vacations from over the years. So trust me, I have a lot of experience when it comes to packing!

Whether you’re going somewhere for the weekend or you’re going on a week-long vacation, we’ve got you covered. Many people think there is a “best” way to pack: rolling your clothes, folding them Marie Kondo style, laying all your clothes flat, etc. I will let you in on a secret; there is no one “best” way to pack your clothes!

People say you can fit more clothes in your suitcase by rolling them or folding them a certain way, but the truth of the matter is, clothes take up the same amount of space no matter how you fold them. The amount of space they take up is known in physics and chemistry as mass. You cannot physically change it unless you were to cut your clothes in half and only pack half of each garment, which obviously wouldn’t work for the outfits you wear every day.

There are, however, ways to pack that will keep you organized, whether you’re packing or unpacking. Recently, I bought some packing cubes and they are the best thing that has ever happened to my packing game!

You can buy packing cubes on Amazon here. These are basically little fabric suitcases that you put in your big suitcase. You can get them in different sizes; I have three, one large, one medium, and one small one.

I use the small one for all my toiletries and cosmetics. The medium I use for my gym clothes, and the large I use for all my everyday outfits. They have zipper pouches on the back that are perfect for socks and unmentionables. The front of the cubes are made of mesh so you can see what’s in each cube to find what you’re looking for easily.

Another handy packing item to have one hand: three fluid ounce bottles, perfect for air travel. You can buy these in the travel sized items section of the toiletries at Walmart. They are perfect for putting shampoo, conditioner, and hair products in. Walmart also sells three ounce spray bottles, which are so convenient! I use a beach spray for my curls that I put in the spray bottle; it can also be used for body spray or perfume.

While you’re in the travel section, pick up a three ounce tube of toothpaste. You’ll never have to worry about throwing away your whole tube of toothpaste at the airport again. Same goes for sunscreen.

Find more Arizona travel ideas on Fill your Plate’s blog!

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