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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.

                                Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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                                Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                                Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                                Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                                An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                                Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                                1. The Paleo Diet

                                The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                                The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                                In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                                How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                                The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                                With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                                It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                                Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                                2. Whole30

                                The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                                With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                                During the month you are eliminating:

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                                • sugar
                                • alcohol
                                • legumes
                                • grains
                                • dairy
                                • soy

                                Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                                At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                                Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                                Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                                With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                                This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                                3. The Mediterranean Diet

                                The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                                For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                                With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                                • Fruits & vegetables
                                • Whole grains
                                • Legumes & nuts
                                • Replacing butter with olive oil
                                • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                                • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                                • Moderate amounts of red wine

                                Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                                Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                                With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                                4. The Alkaline Diet

                                The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                                The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                                Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                                The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                                People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                                One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                                Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                                There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                                The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                                What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                                The Big Takeaway:

                                Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                                Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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