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15 Cold Food Recipes For Summer

15 Cold Food Recipes For Summer

Not many people know that summer is my favorite part of the year. Everyone is in a good mood, nature is at it’s peak and you don’t have to dress up to go out. The past few years, I have been traveling a lot and I didn’t have much of a summer. So now that the weather is getting warmer, all I can think about is the food I can make this year! I personally am a big fan of (fruit) salads in summer, but everyone likes different things and that is why I made a list of 15 different recipes that you can try this summer. Enjoy!

1. Skinny Chicken Salad

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    This salad is light and delicious. Not too many calories, but still great in flavor thanks to the combination of the grapes and the pecans with the chicken.

    2. Salad-Stuffed Avocado

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      Refreshing and super healthy! These avocados halves are filled with fresh vegetables and they are a great option for lunch or even an afternoon snack!

      3. Whole Wheat Pita with Kale and Asiago

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        Super easy to make, and so refreshing to eat! This combination of crispy kale and salty cheese is an everyday favorite. This is a great option for lunch.

        4. Crab Salad

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          This light and creamy salad is a perfect fit for a great summer day! The crab is sweet and the vegetables make it a little crunchy, but it tastes fresh with every bite you take.

          5. Greek Chicken Roll Salad

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            If you put in some extra time, you will taste the difference. This roll is filling and super tasty! The chicken will fill you up while the fresh produce will leave you asking for more.

            6. Watermelon and Feta Salad

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              I first heard of this salad last year. I was surprised by the combination of the sweet fruit with the salty cheese. You won’t believe how great this is until you try it.  This salad will surprise your taste buds with every bite!

              7. Caesar Gazpacho

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                Gazpacho is an old classic. This recipe will make it easy for you to assemble, but the rich flavor will reach beyond all your expectations. Just remember that it will need some time to chill in the fridge, so prepare ahead of time.

                8. Mango Basil Bruschetta

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                  Easy to make and sweet to taste. Tomato-free bruschetta will be your summer favorite! Tropical mango and fresh basil leaves are a great summer combination.

                  9. Apple and Blue Cheese on Endive

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                    If you’re looking for a light, salty and crunchy dish, this must be on your list! Endive is crunchy and a little bitter. Topped off with fresh apple and salty blue cheese, you’re in for an amazing flavor experience!

                    10. Eggs and Bacon Cucumber Salad

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                      As an appetizer, a hearty salad on a cucumber cracker is a great cold bite. This would be a great option as a starter or as a snack for a party!

                      11. Smoked Salmon Pizza

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                        You can eat cold food as a snack or appetizer, but what about making it for lunch or dinner? This cold smoked salmon pizza is perfect for a full, cold meal! This one is on my list for sure.

                        12. Spring Rolls with Crispy Tofu

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                          Now, if you want a healthy and vegan option, here you go! These are super refreshing and delicious to eat. I am not vegan myself, but this one is a must-try this summer!

                          13. Peach Sorbet

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                            Ice cream is always an easy option in the summer. This sorbet recipe will refresh your summer, with only four ingredients! What are you waiting for?

                            14. Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles

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                              Who says you can’t have a frozen breakfast? It is simply a yogurt with fruit and granola bowl, frozen on a stick!

                              15. Shrimp Roll

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                                Shrimp is always amazing. This roll is easy to make, but the rich flavor will surprise you! And you can easily adapt this recipe to your taste.

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                                Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                • (1) Research
                                • (2) Deciding the topic
                                • (3) Creating the outline
                                • (4) Drafting the content
                                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                • (6) Revision
                                • (7) etc.

                                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                2. Change Your Environment

                                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                6. Get a Buddy

                                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                Reality check:

                                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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