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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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                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                1. Work on the small tasks.

                                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                3. Upgrade yourself

                                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                4. Talk to a friend.

                                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                7. Read a book (or blog).

                                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                8. Have a quick nap.

                                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                10. Find some competition.

                                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                11. Go exercise.

                                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                12. Take a good break.

                                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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