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11 Healthy And Tasty Summer Recipes You Should Try

11 Healthy And Tasty Summer Recipes You Should Try

As the weather improves, most of us will want to move away from hearty soups and plump for lighter meals full of plenty of fresh ingredients. To give you plenty of choices, we’ve scoured the web to find the best paleo recipes and healthy meals. Enjoy!

1. Creole Fish Lettuce Wraps

Source: Paleoso

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    This simple recipe is for the ultimate fresh lunch or snack on a hot day. Forget the sandwiches and munch down on a lettuce wrap instead. Fill them with tilapia fillets, creole seasoning, and your choice of vegetables.

    2. Honey Mustard Crunchy Chicken Plantain Salad

    Source: PaleOMG

    Honey Mustard Crunchy Chicken Plantain Salad

      You know those recipes which seem to pull a load of random ingredients out of the air and come up with something delicious? This is one of those recipes. Since all the hard work’s been done for you, all you need to do is cook and combine the ingredients, and you’ll have one hell of a tasty meal on your plate. Simple.

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      3. Mango & Avocado Salsa on Pan-Seared Salmon

      Source: Nom Nom Paleo

      Mango & Avocado Salsa on Pan-Seared Salmon

        This two-part salmon and salsa recipe is quick and easy and will leave you with a meal that looks and tastes divine. Avocado and mango go great together, and they’re even better when they’re added to salmon.

        4. Kick Ass Monster Salad With Sweet And Spicy Mango Dressing

        Source: Ultimate Paleo Guide

        Kick Ass Monster Salad With Sweet And Spicy Mango Dressing

          This is the monster of all salads. If you’re the kind of person who thinks salads are for rabbits, think again. This salad uses three different greens, a ton of veggies, plus fruit and nuts. You can even throw in some meat or eggs if you really want to fill up.

          5. Surf And Turf Kabobs

          Source: Paleoso

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          Surf And Turf Kabobs

            Whether you’ve got a BBQ coming up or you just don’t fancy using a knife and fork, these beef and swordfish kabobs make for a tasty meal. Follow the recipe to a T or experiment with your own favorite fruits and vegetables.

            6. Watermelon and Cucumber Mint Salad

            Source: PaleOMG

            Watermelon and Cucumber Mint Salad

              What’s more refreshing than watermelon? How about cucumber? Or mint? What about all three? This salad is perfect for the hot weather and is super simple to put together too.

              7. Plum Pork Chops

              Source: Ultimate Paleo Guide

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              Plum Pork Chops

                Certain fruits and meats were just meant to end up on a plate together. Plums and pork make a winning combination. The plums, pineapple juice, and cinnamon in this recipe bring the lightness that you need in a summer meal.

                8. Diablo Tomato Poppers

                Source: Paleoso

                Diablo Tomato Poppers

                  Tomatoes are the ultimate summertime treat. What could be more refreshing than biting into a plum tomato and letting the juice burst out? This recipe uses bacon, eggs, and plenty of seasoning to make the perfect snack for a garden party, BBQ, or relaxed evening.

                  9. Salmon with Creamy Avocado Spread

                  Source: Whole30

                  Salmon with Creamy Avocado Spread

                    Believe me when I say that this recipe tastes a whole lot better than it looks! Using delicious ingredients such as Swiss chard, avocado, and onion, this recipe is for salmon cooked to perfection and topped with an avocado spread.

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                    10. Sauteed Shrimp with Onions and Cherry Tomatoes

                    Source: Nom Nom Paleo

                    Sauteed Shrimp with Onions and Cherry Tomatoes

                      Shrimp is a great source of protein, particularly if you’ve overdone it on the chicken lately. More good news: this recipe only takes ten to fifteen minutes and that includes the time you’ll need for defrosting your shrimp. Super quick, super easy, and super tasty.

                      11. Cauliflower Tabbouleh

                      Source: Ultimate Paleo Guide

                      Cauliflower Tabbouleh

                        Instead of couscous, rice, or quinoa, add this cauliflower tabbouleh to your lunch or picnic. As well being better for your body, this side may well be quicker to prepare than the aforementioned grains. Win.

                        If you’ve got a favorite paleo recipe or healthy recipe in general, share your favorite ones below.

                        Featured photo credit: Yellow, red, green, orange tomatoes with olive oil, pepper, rock salt and sprigs of thyme on a bright blue dish, against a wooden background. via shutterstock.com

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                        Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                        Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                        Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                        1. Exercise Daily

                        It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                        If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                        Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                        2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                        Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                        One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                        This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                        3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                        Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                        Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                        Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                        4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                        Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                        The basic nutritional advice includes:

                        • Eat unprocessed foods
                        • Eat more veggies
                        • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                        • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                        Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                          5. Watch Out for Travel

                          Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                          This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                          If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                          6. Start Slow

                          Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                          If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                          7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                          Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                          My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                          If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                          I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                          Final Thoughts

                          Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                          Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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