Lasagna Chicken

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lasagna chicken prep1.5 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast  (If breasts are very thick, use a meat pounder to make thinner and uniform) To avoid having a watery sauce, lay the breasts on paper towels to soak up extra water, especially if they were previously frozen.

Olive oil spray

1/4 t. salt

Freshly ground black pepper, if desired

1 can crushed or diced tomatoes

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil  (or 2 tsp dried)

4 T. low-fat ricotta cheese

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1.5 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Rinse the chicken with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Spray a nonstick baking pan with olive oil. Arrange the breasts on the pan and season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl mix the tomatoes, basil and garlic. Top chicken with tomato mixture. Using a teaspoon place 3 heaping scoops of ricotta on top of each breast. Sprinkle with mozzarella.

This can be made ahead, covered and refrigerated for several hours.

Set the timer for 30 minutes. Depending on the thickness of the chicken it could be done then or up to 40 minutes.  You do not want to overcook the chicken or the result will be a watery mess! At 30 minutes check the temp. Cook until the chicken is cooked through to 165 degrees (use a meat thermometer), the ricotta is bubbling hot, and the mozzarella turns golden brown. Serves 4.

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Blackberry St. Germain Cocktail

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Blackberry St. Germain cocktailHave you tried St. Germain yet? If not, you must. I'm obsessed with it!

It's a liquer made from white elderflower blossoms that grow on trees at the foothills of the Alps. Locals handpick the blossoms, which are distilled in small batches into a 100% elderflower blossom 40-proof liqueur made by French artisan company St. Germain. The best way I can think to describe it is that it smells and tastes like sweet lychee, peach, and sweet grapefruit.  It is the perfect liquer for summer cocktails. Prepared simply as an addition to a glass of champagne or with a bit more effort, a well crafted cocktail. This is my favorite recipe. Cheers!

5 fresh blackberries (substitute raspberries if you would like)

1 -1 ½ tsp sugar, depending on how sweet you like your drinks

2 oz. (¼ cup) vodka   

1 oz. (2 Tbsps.) St. Germain   

1 oz. (2 Tbsp.) freshly squeezed lemon juice    

  1. Muddle the blackberries and sugar.
  2. In a shaker, add blackberry muddle, ice, vodka, St. Germain and lemon juice.
  3. Shake vigorously. Strain and serve in a chilled glass.
  4. Garnish with a large sprig of mint.
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Hydration for Sports Guidelines

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  • Drink plenty of fluids with meals.
  • Drink 16 oz. 2 hours before activity.
  • Drink another 8 to 16 oz. 15 minutes before activity.
  • Drink 6 to 12 oz. every 15 minutes during exercise.
  • Drink 24 oz. for every pound of body weight lost after exercise.
  • In events lasting longer than ninety minutes, performance will likely be enhanced with the use of a sports drink.
  • Daily, drink a half ounce fluid per pound of ideal body weight.
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