Big News

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Big news! Who would have thought that I would be speaking at the University of Alabama? I have had my own business for 12 1/2 years, and I started my blog 6 years ago. My business has taken many twists and turns but has always been rewarding, fun and connected me to fabulous new friends, acquaintances and amazing opportunities. I am honored to speak and share my story tomorrow night with the talented Faculty and Directors in Department of Advertising and Public Relations. I am also excited to announce a new extension of my business Alison Lewis Social Media. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years!

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Grilled Corn Salad

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I love summertime salads, and I am so fortunate that my kids do too. I bought some fabulous fresh summer corn at the Farmer’s market last week and decided to make a Grilled Corn Salad.  The corn was so sweet and amazing that when I tossed it with tomatoes, onion and basil it did not even need any specific dressing, lime juice or even salt and pepper. I served it over arugula with a slight drizzle of sherry vinegar and olive oil and it was divine! Don’t forget that corn is so healthy! I often have people asking me isn’t corn fattening and filled with sugar? Actually, one ear of corn has about the same number of calories as an apple and less than one-fourth the sugar. Corn also not only provides the necessary calories for healthy, daily metabolism, but is also a rich source of vitamins A, B, E and many minerals. Its high fiber content ensures that it plays a significant role in the prevention of digestive ailments like constipation and hemorrhoids as well as colorectal cancer. The antioxidants present in corn also act as anti-carcinogenic agents and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Enjoy this month, Labor Day weekend, or for any summertime dinner while corn is in its peak season.

Health Benefits of Plums

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Did you know plums are incredibly super healthy? The health benefits of plums are truly endless from indigestion relief, flu fighting properties, and even relief in anxiety-related problems. The antioxidant power of plums can even help osteoporosis, macular degeneration, cancer, diabetes and obesity. They also help promote healthy levels of cholesterol, cardiovascular health, cognitive health, immune system strength, cellular health, electrolyte balance, the nervous system and aids in skin care and blood clotting. Need I say more? One of the unique things about plums is that there are so many varieties available. Did you know this picture (above) was of plums? I purchased these at a local famers market. I honestly didn’t know that over 2,000 varieties of plums exist, and over 100 are available in the United States alone. Check out some awesome looking plum recipes below.

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Plum Coolers via Martha Stewart

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Glazed Pork with Fresh Plums via Southern Living

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Grilled Plums via Diabetic Living