Fun Summer Food Ideas

May 24, 2013

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer.  I want to share a few refreshing, light, yummy food ideas. Please mark your calendars now for the next date I will be at Trader Joe’s – June 8th, 11am – 12pm, Silver Spring, MD.  For those who were unable to make it to Trader Joe’s in May, here is what I shared:

Smoothies:

Be creative with your smoothies and have fun. You can add peanut butter, oatmeal, kale, etc. to shake things up.  The great thing about a smoothie is that you can add variety of food groups and enjoy a delicious drink.  Brandon Broadnax (owner of Elevation Strength and Conditioning) has me hooked on this smoothie recipe:

Spinach

Coconut water or coconut milk (summer is a great time to try some coconut water)

4 cubes of ice

Flaxseeds (optional)

Blueberries

Banana

If you want to add Kale instead of spinach then just add a few more berries for sweetness.

Salad:

My favorite summer salad is a basil, tomato and mozzarella salad.  You can add salt and pepper to taste and some extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and balsamic vinegar.

Try tomato and mozzarella and add pesto sauce on a ciabatta bread or a baguette and you have a yummy, light sandwich.

Snacks:

Yogurt sundae – fat-free French vanilla yogurt topped with fresh berries and granola or chopped walnuts and almonds

Apple with (natural) peanut butter, especially before a workout

Carrots with hummus (olive oil on hummus optional)