Mission Monday ~ How Healthy Is Your Salad?

close up of healthy salad on plate

Salad is a healthy choice for lunch or dinner, isn’t it? That depends on what’s in it, or perhaps more importantly, what’s on it.

Dressing, cheese, and bacon add calories and fat that can sabotage your healthy eating plans. Follow these tips to keep your salads healthy without sacrificing flavor.

  • Choose a variety of fresh, colorful vegetables at their peak flavor, like dark green kale, red bell peppers, orange carrots, and red onions.
  • Skip fatty toppings like cheese, bacon, nuts, and seeds. If you must indulge, use only a little.
  • Use less salad dressing. In restaurants, ask for the dressing on the side. Try adding it with a fork instead of a spoon.
  • Experiment with parsley, garlic, oregano, basil, chives, rosemary, thyme, and other herbs; sprinkle them on your salad or add them to a simple vinaigrette made with olive oil.
  • At the salad bar, pass up high-calorie add-ons like coleslaw, potato salad, and creamy fruit salad.
  • Add variety to your salad with high-fiber, lower calorie items like beans, raw vegetables, and fresh and dried fruit.

Get inspired with more healthy recipes from the American Cancer Society.

Article by Stacy Simon

Events for Relay Weekend – 7/16-17/16

Get your Relay on!

7/16/16  2pm    Relay for Life Finale- Live Performers        

Join us for a day and night of LIVE music in support of Relay for Life.
1PM- Erin Frog
2PM- Max Kleene
3PM- Jacq Kuik
4PM- Lee Winegarden
5PM- Savannah Rain
6PM-Collin Martin
7PM- Dominoe Effect

7/16/16       1pm    Relay for Life Finale -DJ’s        

Come join us as our SL DJs spin some great music for you all in support of Relay for Life.
1PM-3PM Nick Wildcat
3PM-5PM Charity Corleone
5PM-7PM DJ Corri
7PM-9PM Scorpion Swansen

7/16/16         1:30pm    Relay for Life Finale -Dance Troupes        

Come join us for the amazing dance troupes performing for Relay for Life. Please come join these great events.

1:30 PM – Mer Ballet
3:00 PM – First Step Dance Team
4:30 PM – Mynx Dance
7:00 PM – Phoenix Dance


7/16-17/16    ONCE UPON A CURious GIRL

ONCE UPON A CURious GIRL HUNT.  Fundraiser for RFL SL.  $1L gifts.
July 16 – July 17


7/16/16    16:00:00    Patsy Cline    Highland Knights of Avalon  

The Highland Knights of Avalon invite you to join us at The Loch Ness Inn, in the glorious Highlands of Scotland where Patsy Cline will be making an appearance at her very own Tribute Concert!

4 pm – 6 pm – Sat 16th June

7/17/16    04:00:00    Over The Rainbow Lap Tunes        

Hearts & Souls brings you our 5th annual wakeup set in the Activity Sims. A colorful set of tunes with a virtual breakfast spread. Take your track break with us!  SLURL tbd. Grab LM from campsite poster or watch Volunteers group.

Events for 7/15/16

Relay weekend starts tomorrow!

7/15/16      6pm     Super Heroes for Relay For Life    Meli’s Maniacs 

Join Meli’s Maniacs at Club Amaranth for a Super Heroes event … and by Super Heroes we don’t just mean those guys and girls from the comic books … anyone you consider a hero counts.


7/15/2016    6:00 AM    Circle of Life – Masquerade    Circle of Life  


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July 15
6pm to 8pm
*****RFL Event****
Music by DJ Shay
Tonight’s dance is also a fund raiser for RFL Of SL! All funds donated go towards fighting cancer!

The theme for tonight is …..
CIrcle of Life – Masquerade

Wear your most amazing in Masquerade outfits ! Contest for the best dressed


Events for 7/13/16

7/13/16      6:00 pm    Sinatra Sings for RFL

Join the Chairman of the Board for a 2 hour concert on the Relay for Life stage. Frank will be singing many of his greatest songs you all know and have come to love. It’s from 6-8 PM SLT. Stay for the whole concert. If you can’t, at least, drop by say “Hello,” listen to a few songs and make a donation on behalf of the RFL group Frank Sinatra & Company.

7/13/16     8am         Frank Sinatra Tribute        
Join us for a sentimental journey through the awesome music as Frank sings for a cure!!!

Celebrating 12 Years of Raising Funds for Cancer Research!

Get ready for Relay Weekend!
(July 13, 2016) In just 3 days, thousands of Second Life Residents from all across the real globe will join together on July 16 and 17 for the 12th Relay Weekend of Relay For Life of Second Life and celebrate.

“It’s incredible to see how this Relay has grown over the last 12 years,” said Stingray Raymaker, American Cancer Society staff partner. “That first year, 2005, there were 315 Avatars walking the track to bring attention to the importance of cancer research. This year more than 3,000 will take to the track. Come on out and see what has become the largest fundraiser in SL and other virtual worlds.”

Relay Weekend will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16 and will feature 24 hours of themed laps, activities and entertainment. The weekend will wrap up with a massive party at 1 p.m. PDT Sunday, July 17.

If you can’t be at the Relay sims, tune in to T1 Radio, at T1radio.com, which will be airing the festivities through Relay Weekend.

“Our 2016 season has brought about outreach like no other season” Said Random Padar – Darrow, 2016 Event Chair. “We have over 60 new teams this year.  At every team event we have seen more and more new faces.  I am thrilled that our Relay Weekend is almost here!  We will begin with an opening ceremony beginning at 10am on July 16th, followed by our Honor Lap for our survivors and caregivers to walk proudly. At 9pm we will hold our always inspiring and touching Luminaria ceremony.  As I walk through our sims this year I see some amazing builds!  Team campsites along with special designer sims will compete for awards that display cancer education and theme inspired builds.  Once Upon A Cure season will go down in the history books as one which was filled with stories from our passionate Relayers, while working to write the end of the story!”

Relay For Life of Second Life is an annual activity that takes place in Second Life in July each year. Volunteers form or join teams to have fun while fundraising and raising awareness from March through mid-July. In July, teams build campsites and walk a track, just like in a real world Relay.  Over the last eleven years, Relay For Life of Second Life has raised almost $3 million for cancer research and is the largest charity event in the virtual worlds. Several thousand volunteers from more than 80 countries participate each year, truly making it a global event.

There are many ways to get involved in Relay For Life of Second Life and another way to show your support is through sponsorships. Relay For Life of Second Life is proud to have the following as premier sponsors:  RGF Estates, Rockliffe University, Sol Existence and Runestone and other sponsorships are available; please contact the Cathy10 Longoria, Sponsorship Lead or Random Padar, Event Chair for more details.

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