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Healthy Now: Stovetop, grilled chipotle shrimp salad

Simone Grandmain
Special to the Sun

Stovetop, grilled chipotle shrimp is shown above.

Around this time of year at the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District Fitness and Aquatic Centers, we start to hear, "I'm not renewing this month. It is so beautiful outside."

Then a week later that same member is back, paying the drop-in fee of $6 dollars. Of course the cool thing about your TDRPD membership is you can let it lapse for a month with no penalties or dues — but believe me, my friend, you will pay.

Do they have weights strategically placed around the Donner Lake perimeter you're running? Does the Martis walk have an abdominal machine hidden in the porta potty? Is there a leg or chest press at the end of the Legacy Trail? Is Lake Tahoe still 56 degrees?

The point is: there's room and need for both indoor and outdoor activities. Cardiovascular work in the great outdoors is perfect during the spring and summer months. However, if you want to keep your parts and jiggly bits firm, toned and where they are supposed to be, nothing will work better than continuing with the nautilus machines or weights.

Our culinary and dietary tastes and needs are also changing with the seasons. The cravings for heavy carbs and baked good are shifting to fruit, salads, and vegetables with barbecue back on the menu.

One winter habit I acquired and plan to make an all-year affair is indoor grilling. A favorite must-have is the Circulon stovetop grill, which works on a gas or electric range. It looks like a big steel, two-piece donut with a Teflon top and a water filled lower pan. You place it on top and over the largest burner on your stove; turn the heat to medium-high, and you are good to go.

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The highlighted recipe combines a simple rub for grilled shrimp, a fresh, zesty salad dressing, and tossed greens with mango.

You can make it indoors or out. A grill is a grill — until we hit October.

This column comes courtesy of Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District staff and members, inspiring creative, active lives for a healthy mountain community. For more information on how you can stay in shape this season and take advantage of the Summer Pass, visit tdrpd.org or check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TDRPD.