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Being able to pack efficiently and successfully—taking only what you need with nothing left behind—is a very useful skill. Vacations are not daily life—so we don’t need to bring all our everyday life items with us.
Many airlines are now charging extra fees to have luggage checked, so for cost effective purposes, plan carefully. If you do, you may be able to fit a week’s worth of warm-weather vacation clothes and essentials into a carry-on suitcase.
When it comes to packing your bags, a light touch is what you need. Use your weather app before your trip to get a better sense of what to expect.
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Let’s talk about summer weather. Canadians work hard for their very few and very short dog days of the season. My hope is that you make the most of them with delicious hydrating, high-nutrient foods. Just for fun, take a look at what the Meteorological Service of Canada predicts the hottest day will be in your area. Then we can stock up on the high nutrient foods to keep you going.
Predicted Hottest Day of the year, by Canadian city
Provided by: Environment Canada’s Meteorological Service of Canada
Quebec City Jul-24
St. John’s Jul-29
Thunder Bay Jul-26
Summer’s quintessential quencher, watermelon, can not only hydrate but also balance your electrolytes with its mineral content. According to Medical News Today, one cup of watermelon contains 17% of Vitamin A, 21% of Vitamin C, 2% of iron and 1% of your calcium needs for the day. Watermelon also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine. Safe to say it’s summer’s superfood.
Delicious on it’s own, you can also incorporate waterrmelon into your summer snacks and meals. Here’s a few ideas:
Any fruit or vegetable will help hydrate you to beat the heat, but there is something special about watermelon juice running down your forearms that brings you right back to summer camp days.
This is a high-nutrient, low-sodium salsa to serve in place of tomato salsas with bread or corn chips. It is also great as a topping for grilled chicken, fish or pork. And when you are done with that application, blend it and serve it as gazpacho.
Makes 4–6 servings
Takes: 10–12 minutes
Toss all ingredients together gently in a bowl. Chill in fridge at least one hour before serving.
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