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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hydration can be Scrumptious in Summer Heat

Summer Salads can be scrumptious and healthy!
Eating lighter in the summer is a good thing to do. Water is a necessary ingredient to a healthy diet. Hydration in hot weather is essential to your well being.  Eating more green leafy vegetables and fruits will keep your metabolism on the right track. Sure you should splurge a little on those awesome picnics fun outings with a burger or two, but limit your meat content and heavy over eating. Fill up with a healthy alternative to the artery clogging foods. Your body will thank you.
Watermelon is a wonderful fruit in summer for hydration, it's 95% water! Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring. Freezing watermelon making a puree adding some pineapple juice can make an fabulous healthy slushy sorbet!

Water is a major part of our make up.

Other healthy foods to stay hydrated in hot weather include:
  • Coconut water
  • Cucumbers
  • Watermelon
  • Fresh lemonade
  • Cabbage
  • Fresh Iced Teas made with herbs
  • Green Salads
  • Apples
  • Peppers
  • Pineapples
  • Grapefruit
  • Celery
  • Berries
  • Carrots
  • Tomato
Try a great fresh salad with fresh balsamic vinegar and olive oil. A great combination.

1 avocado cut in wedges
fresh mozzarella cheese
1 tomato sliced
1 cucumber seeded
1 fresh pepper seeded and sliced
olive oil
fresh balsamic aged vinegar
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh crushed garlic
dried oregano around 1/4 teaspoon

Mix 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 2 tablespoon olive oil together adding a pinch of cayenne pepper, garlic and oregano to taste. Set aside

Place all vegetables in a dish. Slice cheese around 3 or 4 pieces add to the top. Drizzle dressing over the top.  Serve with fresh bread.