Cool Smoothies for a Hot Summer: Cantaloupe Sunrise

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

This smoothie with a mild flavor of cantaloupe and strawberries makes a good breakfast. So, how healthy is this smoothie? As an orange fruit, cantaloupe is high in beta carotene. [Source: The World's Healthiest Foods] Strawberries are high in antioxidants and there is current research looking into possible anti-inflammatory properties. [Source:]


  • 2 cups cubed cantaloupe
  • Juice of 1 orange plus water to make 1 cup
  • 9 fresh or frozen strawberries (if you use frozen you will need less ice. )
  • Ice cubes as needed


1. Combine cantaloupe and juice/water mixture in blender.

2. Pulse a few times then blend on high until cantaloupe is liquefied.

3. Add strawberries a few at a time. Continue to blend until strawberries are chopped very finely.

4. Add ice cubes as needed, pulsing then blending on high until your smoothie is the desired thickness.


“Callie’s Campfire” Update


Callie's got her condo back and all's right with the world. Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Callie’s got her condo back and all’s right with the world.
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

We seem to have found the source of Callie’s discomfort. Thank you to everyone for your input on this.  She was missing some of “her stuff.”  While everything that is hers moved with us it was not all out.  She had her essentials, including toys.   However I had not yet found places for her shelter bed and her hanging kitty condo.  I didn’t think it was that important because she hadn’t been using them in the other place.   Wrong!  Bad kitty mommy!

So now everything is out and in it’s place and cooking is going  smoothly with only an occasional attempt to curl up on the stove.  Now I have a plan instead of just reacting to the danger.  When she gets on or by the stove she is gently carried to her shelter bed.  If she goes back to the stove she goes to “time out”.  She get treats for sitting quietly and watching me cook from anywhere that is not on the stove or in my way.  I still have to work on timing on that one, she seems to think the treats are an invitation to come back to the stove.  But otherwise, so far so good.


Heart Health Thought for July

“Think about it: Heart disease and diabetes, which account for more deaths in the U.S. and worldwide than everything else combined, are completely preventable by making comprehensive lifestyle changes.  Without drugs or surgery.”  — Dean Ornish M.D.


Healthy Living A to Z: O is for Orange

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Today we are talking about the color orange. The orange color in carrots, pumpkin, squash, oranges, apricots, cantaloupe, nectarines, yams (and others) comes from carotenoids, the best known of which is Beta Carotene. It is also found in dark green leafy vegetables, another reason to eat your spinach.

Orange is not just a bright, happy color, it has health benefits. In addition to being an immune system booster, and promoting eye health, beta carotene helps create Vitamin A, a powerful anti-oxidant that helps reduce the harmful effects of free radicals and potentially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The best way to get beta carotene is through food. If orange foods have not been a staple of your diet, you get to explore ways to use them. An adventure, Oh Boy! So make some pumpkin soup, sweet potato oven fries, mashed sweet potatoes or pumpkin pasta (but don’t forget the carrots and oranges) and have fun.