Rosemary Skewered Shrimp with Lemon Recipe from Harvest Market in Hockessin

PLUS, Q&A with Bridget Baldwin, a personal trainer and professional bodybuilder and the secret to happiness.



Recipe: Rosemary Skewered Shrimp with Lemon

Try this tasty recipe from Harvest Market’s e-newsletter.
(serves 4)

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
3 teaspoons Spring Thyme fresh rosemary, finely chopped
¾ teaspoon hot pepper flakes
24 large shrimp peeled and deveined
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
8 sprigs of rosemary with thick woody stems, about 6 to 8 inches in length, leaves stripped, leaving leaves 1 inch from tip, soaked for 1 hour
16 lemon slices, ¼ inch thick

In shallow dish pour marinade over the shrimp.  Cover, refrigerate and let marinate for 15 to 30 minutes. Skewer 3 of the marinated shrimp alternating in a decorative pattern with 2 of the lemon slices on each of the rosemary skewers.  Grill the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side, until just cooked through.


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Fitness Boot Camp Q&A

A while back, I wrote about Gabby and her bridal boot camp, which prompted all of my questions for this issue of Get Healthy, Delaware. How did this whole boot camp trend get so popular and who can be drafted? I tapped into the boot camp expertise of Bridget Baldwin, a personal trainer and professional bodybuilder here in Delaware.

Q: Hey, Bridget, what do you think helped propel the popularity of the boot camp fitness craze?
A: I think the three biggest things that pushed people to boot camp-style workouts were: One, an interest in a group workout that was not dance or choreography-based, so more athletic group workouts have become very appealing. Two, many boot camp formats are taught at an intensity level that allows the workout to be cut down to 30-45 minutes. If I can work out in 30 minutes, I can squeeze it in during a lunch break! Third, the increasing popularity of the mud runs, adventure races, obstacle runs has people looking for workouts that mimic the types of obstacles and tasks they will face in these races. Also, I think the boot camp style group workouts have given women a safe arena to step into more hard-core workouts without feeling like they are stepping into a male-dominated arena.
 

Q: How should people go about choosing a boot camp or an instructor?
A: The key here is doing your homework and making sure the person running the boot camp has good qualifications. Before you start your first workout, you should be asked questions about your fitness level, general health, exercise experience, etc.  Always make sure that the boot camp is either being running out of a reputable gym or being run by a trainer that carries a nationally recognized certification.
 

Q: How can a boot camp instructor help make a beginner feel confident?
A: A well-qualified trainer should be able to assess their participants and help them modify the workout to meet them at their starting point. It is very exciting to watch a beginner come to a boot camp, adjust the workout for them as necessary, and allow them to successfully complete a boot camp workout.  They feel empowered. That's also a benefit of keeping beginners in with the rest of the group. Your experienced exercisers are usually very motivating and supportive of the newcomers, and the beginners feel that much more motivated to return for another boot camp.

Check out your local YMCAs, gyms, CrossFit centers, etc. for their boot camp offerings. Just remember to ask for credentials of your instructors and meet with them first if you can. Remember, these boots were made for serious sweating.


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Learning to be Happy

So what is the secret to happiness? No one knows for sure but a team of neuroscientists appear to be on to something. It seems that a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity--the brain’s ability to reorganize itself in response to changes in the environment--may play a role in our ability to be happy... More



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Health Events​

Saturday, July 20

Great Wyoming Buffalo Stampede 5K & 10K
Location  Wyoming Park,  327 Third St., Wyoming
Time  Registration opens at 7 a.m.
More info.  ddsr.org.
 

Saturday, July 27

Health Awareness at the Western Sussex Farmers Market
Location  Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club, 310 Virginia Ave., Seaford
Time  8:30 a.m. to noon
More info.  Call Rachel at 629-6611, ext. 8948

To submit your health-related event, email shari@shortanswerconsulting.com

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