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It’s getting hot out there! Summer is my favorite season because of the bounty of amazing fresh healthy foods available. It’s a great time of year to head to the produce section of your favorite store and pick up a variety of fruits and veggies that you haven’t tried in a while (and maybe one or two that you’ve never tried). Have fun with it!
Here are a few recipes that we hope will help with your inspiration:
Refreshing Mint Lemon-Limeade
I was visiting St. Louis (such a fun city by the way) and my friend and I found the most amazing healthy restaurant. One of my favorite things there after a hot day of sightseeing was the minty lemon-limeade, so I had to try to recreate it when I got home. Here’s what I came up with, and it is pretty darn close!
(Makes 2 Servings):
- Juice of 1 large lemon
- Juice of 1 lime
- 4 large fresh mint leaves
- 1.5 cups cold water
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
Blend all ingredients and enjoy over ice (or cut back on water and blend with some ice to make it extra cold and refreshing!)
Sweet and Savory Watermelon Salad
I first tasted a savory watermelon salad about 10 years ago and have been playing with variations ever since. It doesn’t get much better than a cold slice of watermelon by the pool, but this recipe takes it up another notch.
- 1 small seedless watermelon, rind removed and cut into cubes
- ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
- ⅓ c fresh mint, chopped
- ½ cup marcona almonds (or slivered almonds if you prefer)
- Balsamic Glaze *
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Arrange watermelon and onion on a large platter. Sprinkle almonds and mint over the top and drizzle with the balsamic glaze. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
*Tip: you can buy balsamic glaze or you can make it yourself by heating up ⅔ cup balsamic vinegar and 1 Tbsp maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Then continue cooking it until it has reduced to a syrup thickness, about 5 minutes. (It will thicken as it cools.)
Broccoli Pasta Picnic Salad
Who doesn’t love a good pasta salad at a picnic? This one packs in filling fiber and hormone-balancing nutrients with the extra veggies and nourishing dressing (bonus points for whole grain or bean-based pasta). This salad is great served cold and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
(Serves 4 to 6)
- 4 cups bite sized broccoli florets
- 2 cups pasta (I like whole wheat spirals for this, but choose your favorite)
- 1 cup grape tomatoes
- 4 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup pine nuts
Creamy Lemon Dijon Dressing
- 3 tablespoons tahini
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons water
Whisk all of the Lemon Dijon Dressing ingredients together and set aside. Boil the broccoli for 2 minutes and pour into a strainer, rinsing immediately under cold water. Boil the pasta per package directions in salted water until slightly al dente (cooked but still firm) and rinse in a strainer with cold water. Toss the broccoli, pasta, tomatoes, and basil with the dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with pine nuts.
We hope that these recipes make your summer a bit more fun. Please let us know if you try them! We would love to connect with you on social media, so be sure to tag us with your beautiful pics. For more nourishing recipes to help you get healthy the fun way, check here to learn about my Nourish Program.
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