In the warm summer months I love grilling outdoors. There’s something about the simplicity of summertime cookouts that makes me feel like life has slowed down a bit and maybe even gotten a little easier, if only for those couple hours. Whether it’s an old fashion block party with my neighbors or watching a gorgeous evening sunset in my backyard, from creative kabobs to decadent desserts, I love it all. Plus, it cuts the after dinner clean-up to a minimum, and I hate doing dishes.
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Content & recipe courtesy of Pam Higgins, Certified Health Coach
When we think of slimming down for the summer months, isn’t it always about dieting and deprivation? Many of us turn to counting calories as a first step to losing weight. For some reason, that leads us to eating the “packaged food label” diet — no sugar, fat free, no carb. Call it law of attraction, I’ve done this myself and I’ve seen many clients follow this exact path.
It doesn’t have to be that way. By eating simple, real whole foods in delicious combinations, you won’t feel deprived one bit… or one bite. You will be thinking, why haven’t I have been doing this my whole life?!
So you’ve decided to try quinoa. What can you do with it? A better question might be—what can’t you do with it?! Quinoa is a versatile grain-like “seed” that cooks up light and fluffy, with a slightly nutty, mild flavor. It can be used just like rice, as a side dish or combined with other ingredients to create a pilaf or even a main course. I like to make a couple of cups at a time and use my cooked quinoa in various recipes throughout the week. Here are a few of my favorites.
Sweeten a summer salad with fresh, flavorful fruit! Cubed cantaloupe is a colorful and nutritious addition, with a single cupful supplying more than 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A and satisfying 95 percent of your daily “C” needs. Sprinkle on pistachios or another favorite nut for added protein and crunch.
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