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Happy summer to you! Have you heard the cicadas yet? I remember from growing up, my grandpap used to make a note of when he saw the first robin in the spring. In Richmond, I feel like I see those guys year-round. My evolution of this habit or tradition has been to make a mental note of the first lightning bug I see, the first bloom on the crepe myrtles, and the first cicada song.

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As the title suggests, cicadas are edible, along with some other bugs (insert: crickets). High in protein, including multiple essential amino acids, and low in fat, nutritionally, they’re a solid option. So you’re aware though, if you’re allergic to shellfish, don’t chomp on a cicada – they have the same primary protein in them, tropomyosin. Regardless, I’m not personally interested in eating them anytime soon.

Anyway, I found this rabbit trail on the internet fascinating.

Otherwise, as we move into the summer, these months of glorious heat and sweat, it’s common to find ourselves eating less, or in the least, more lightly. Think: salads, light fish, and some pasta salad, instead of our winter comfort foods: soups, stews, potatoes, and more.

I’ll share some more on nutrition tips for the summer next week, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s two tips for you:

  1. Smaller meals more frequently throughout the day will keep your metabolism and energy levels higher
  2. Stay hydrated! Follow the rule: if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Water and electrolytes are your friends for this weather.

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