The Journey Newsletter: July 2022

The Journey Newsletter: July 2022

What’s Happening in July…

July Highlights & Did You Know?

National Grilling Month

Safe Grilling

 Avocado 101—National Avocado Day


Safe Minimum Internal Temperature

Ground  Beef or Pork          160°F

Ground Poultry                     165°F

Fresh Beef or Lamb             145°F

All Poultry                              165°F

Hot Dogs                                 165°F

Pork Chops/Ribs                  145°F

Fish                                           145°F

  • Buy a food thermometer and be sure to cook your food to safe minimum internal temperature.
  • Keep your grill clean! Clean your grill with hot soapy water and remove any charred debris or grease after each use.
  • Keep them separated! To avoid cross contamination, keep your raw and ready to eat foods separate.  Be sure to use clean cutting boards and utensils between raw and fully cooked items.
  • Watch the clock! Perishable foods should not be left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.  When the temperatures outside are around 90°F or more, the 2 hour rule becomes the 1 hour rule!  Or, keep perishable foods on ice to keep them properly chilled. This includes condiments too!
  • When in Doubt, throw it out! If you have left overs, store in the refrigerator. Grilled items have a shelf life of  3-4 days.  Always reheat leftovers to an internal temperature of 165°F.

National Avocado Day—July 31st

Cucumber, Black Bean & Avocado Salad


Yield: 6 servings

1 cucumber, diced             

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 can Black Beans, rinsed                   

1 lime

1 & 1/4 cups Corn, drained               

1 avocado, diced

1 red pepper, diced                         

Salt & pepper

1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half


  1. Place cucumber, black beans, corn, red pepper cherry tomatoes and cilantro in a bowl.
  2. Cut lime in 2 halves. Squeeze the fresh juice from lime onto salad and stir well.
  3. Mix in avocado
  4. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Enjoy!

Calories: 183, Protein: 6.5 grams, Carbohydrate: 25.3 grams,

Fiber: 7.9 grams,

Total Fat: 7.5g, Saturated Fat: 1.5 g.


Avocado 101:

♦Although Avocados are classified as a vegetable with the USDA, they are considered a fruit because they fit the botanical criteria for a berry.

♦The avocado is also called an “Alligator Pear” because of it’s pear shape and green skin

♦The size of the avocado does not indicate the quality or amount of  fruit.  The seed inside grows with the fruit, so the fruit to seed ratio remains about the same.

♦Avocados are considered heart healthy, as they are naturally low in sodium, cholesterol and trans fat free!

♦Although an avocado contains fat, majority of the fat is mono– and polyunsaturated and do not raise “bad cholesterol” levels (LDL).

♦Avocados are also a good source of antioxidants, including Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

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