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Healthy Summer Eating

turkey burgerEditor’s Note: Some of the indulgences around food and travel are fun and delicious, but they can be downright unhealthy. We recently met health and fitness expert Carmel Baronoff, who says enjoying great food and travel doesn’t have to be unhealthful.

Carmel is the host of the new PBS program “Living Well with Carmel,” which is debuting on WPBT, Channel 2 in South Florida every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ( Later this summer, Carmel’s series will air on PBS stations across the country.

We’ve invited Carmel to offer her healthy tips, recipes, and techniques with us. She’ll be writing regular recipes and features on healthy living, healthy travel and healthy eating. Welcome Carmel. – BH, Editor

Summer is here, a time for friends, family, fun and food. Many summer parties involve all-American barbecue favorites, which taste great, but are usually not very healthy.

You don’t have to have a calorie explosion to enjoy a good a good holiday meal. You can still enjoy the tastes of summer BBQ.

Here are a few of my healthy recipe options for summer eating.

Living Well Turkey Burger

Ground turkey, which is naturally low in fat, is a great alternative to higher fat meats. By adding some key ingredients like red and green pepper, garlic, Dijon and Worcestershire, you can enjoy a burger that’s low in fat and calorie, yet comes with great BBQ flavor.

  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lb. ground turkey meat
  • Salt and pepper to taste
avocado. Photo LWWC.

Add some avocado in place of mayonnaise for a guacamole burger. Photo LWWC.

In a skillet, sauté the red/green peppers, onion, garlic and celery. Place in a bowl to let it cool. Once the vegetables are cool enough to handle, mix with the turkey meat, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire Sauce. Salt and pepper to taste. Make into 1/2-inch-thick patties and cook on a grill. Make sure to cook the turkey all the way through. Place on a bun and serve with slices of avocado.


Quinoa Salad

The addition of cherry tomatoes and dried cranberries gives this healthy Quinoa Salad a bit of sweetness.

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 3-5 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 3-4 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • drizzle with olive oil

Cook the quinoa as directed on package and let it cool. Once quinoa is cool add in the chopped celery, sliced cherry tomatoes, green onions and cranberries. Mix until well incorporated. Drizzle with olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste.



Fresh raspberrries, blueberries, and strawberries make this dessert loaded with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fiber. Photo Bobbie Hasselbring.

Red, White and Blue Berry Dessert

Not only is this dessert beautiful, it’s full of anti-oxidants and fiber from all the berries.

  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 raspberries
  • 3/4 strawberries
  • 3/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Mix the sour cream and maple syrup. Pour on top of berries mixed in a bowl.—By Carmel Baronoff, RFT Health and Fitness Expert

For more Living Well tips, visit the Living Well Carmel website at


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Carmel Baronoff

Carmel, who dubs herself as the “Health Coach” for baby boomers, shows audiences that with healthy eating, continued activity and mental clarity, being 50 and older can become the best time in our lives. She is the cheerleader and guide for living well in during your 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond with the promise of achieving new meaning and satisfaction for decades. Carmel hosts the PBS television show “Living Well with Carmel.”