Me mind on fire. Me soul on fire. Feelin’ Hot. Hot. Hot
You too? Last thing you want to do is turn on the oven. I feel ya. That’s why I I’m keeping mine off and making these easy foods and recipes instead. No oven necessary.
Go ahead and store your winter sweaters and other things you don’t need in there. Pour a nice cold glass of ice water and get inspired to keep it cool (and healthy) when it’s hot outside.
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Give Your Breakfast Cereal an Upgrade
Get your “good energy” before heading out the door by upgrading your morning cereal!
Post’s Great Grains Protein Blend Honey, Oats & Seeds has whole grain flakes made from cracked wheat and whole kernel barley. It is sweetened with a kiss of honey and combined with nutritious pumpkin seeds, almonds and multigrain clusters studded with sunflower seeds.
I love this cereal because you get about 8 grams of protein in a one cup serving along with fiber, whole grains, vitamins, and minerals. Great Grains Protein Blend is also a non-GMO verified cereal, and the less processed whole grain nutrition can help support a healthy metabolism, providing a great start to your day.
Try it with fresh fruit in a yogurt parfait or get more creative recipe ideas at www.GreatGrains.com.
Replace Your Oven With Your Blender
Swap your oven for your blender and stay cool this summer! I love smoothies in warmer weather. They can be a great way to boost fruit and even veggie intake AND you can get your kids to like them too.
TruMoo Chocolate milk has no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial growth hormones, so you can feel great about serving it to your family, whether it’s in your smoothies or served cold in a glass! It’s the perfect base for smoothies because it has protein calcium and Vitamin D, which are essential for bone health.
This is the “Fuel Up Smoothie” with just three ingredients – chocolate milk, almond butter and kale!
TruMoo Fuel Up Smoothie
1 1/2 cups TruMoo Chocolate milk
1/2 cup baby kale
1 cup ice cubes
1 tablespoon almond butter
In blender combine TruMoo Chocolate milk, baby kale, ice cubes and almond butter. Blend until smooth and frothy, and serve.
Visit www.TruMoo.com for this and other great recipes!
Boost Flavor with California Cling Peaches
I love to enjoy the flavor and nutrients of peaches year round thanks to my trusty can opener and stockpile of California Cling Peaches in my pantry (and refrigerator – Yes, it’s true!)
Here’s a surprisingly simple and exciting tip: Did you know you can store canned peaches in the refrigerator so they are nice and cold when you’re ready for a nutritious snack?
Thanks to recent studies, we know California canned peaches are nutritionally on par with fresh. Canned peaches packed in extra light syrup have the same grams of sugar as peaches packed in juice. So the choice is up to you, both are healthy choices.
Most canned, cupped or jarred peaches are grown in California by third and fourth generation family farmers. They are made in the USA. Check your food label for Domestic peaches. It will say product of USA or California or nothing at all.
Most importantly, they are delicious on their own AND they add flavor to any recipe! For example, I dressed up my chicken wraps by adding slices of peaches (get the recipe here!).
You can also try peachcicles made with peaches, greek yogurt, and nutmeg. They remind me of peach pie! They are also a fun treat to make with kids that will keep you cooled down in the afternoon.
Get a free downloadable cookbook at the website for California Cling Peach board at www.CalClingPeach.com.
Dip Into Cool, Zesty Snacks with Sabra
Sometimes when you’re on the run, it’s nice to have options that don’t require any work at all! I love the Sabra snack packs. You can get hummus with pretzels, salsa with tortilla chips, or the hummus on its own ready for your sliced veggies to dip.These are great to take to the zoo, on a hike or picnic, or a day at the water.
If you’re entertaining, it couldn’t be easier to put out “party size” Sabra hummus and several varieties of salsa as dips for veggies, pita triangles, or tortilla chips. Hummus is made with fiber rich chickpeas and salsa is made with fresh vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic making them healthy AND delicious!
Celebrate National Hummus Day on May 21! Sabra would love to know how you are choosing to enjoy your hummus with #2SpoonsHummus!
Spice Up the Party with Lean Lamb
Swap the burgers and dogs for lean and nutrient rich lamb from Superior Farms. (shop tip for D.C. area – I got mine at Shoppers in Takoma Park. Check the Shoppers website for a location near you.)
With a “flock comes first” motto, these ranchers take great care of their lamb. Lamb are raised outdoors on high quality natural grasses and grains, which contributes to the unique flavor of lamb.
Lamb is lean, with a 3 ounce serving on average 175 calories and 10 grams of fat. Plus lamb has protein, vitamins, and minerals to help nourish you.
Try these two great recipes that your family or dinner party guests will love!
First up, lamb sliders made with ground lamb and seasoned with Mediterranean herbs – a perfect “finger food” at parties. Even easier, any recipe that uses ground beef can be modified to use ground lamb.
Or try pulled lamb tacos with creamy cilantro slaw. (I’ll be honest, I took a super quick shortcut and did a quick dry rub on my lamb, then put it 8 hours in the slow cooker, overnight, filled 2/3 high with water. The lamb feel apart so easily the next morning and I stored it in the fridge until dinner.
If you don’t have time to make your own slaw from scratch, buy a small store container, then buy the package of slaw without dressing and combine them. If you need more dressing, add Greek yogurt and a bit of vinegar.)
For these recipes and more, visit www.SuperiorFarms.com.
Halt the Salt with a KIND Snack
Between meals and snacks, especially on the go, it can be easy to overdo the salt. A Center for Disease Control report states that 70% of packaged foods contain excessive amounts of sodium – exceeding the FDA’s “healthy” labeling standards.
KIND snacks are low in sodium and they are so easy to take with you anywhere.
Almond Coconut Cashew Chai bars are “Very Low Sodium” and Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Nut bars are “Low Sodium” even though it’s got that great hint of salt! Both of these bars have 5 grams of protein and you can get them at Starbucks with your coffee and you’ll have a snack you can feel good about for whatever adventure you have that day.
Through May KIND is honoring our nation’s military with #ThanksKindly on Twitter. All you do is send a tweet and then a very cool robot actually handwrites the “thank you note” and gives it to an active service member. For every tweet sent, $1, up to $10,000 KIND will donate to Cell phones to soldiers.
Check out the video at www.KINDsnacks.com/ThanksKindly.
These ideas are easy and fun. They work whether you are entertaining or “out and about” enjoying the weather and all the great activities summer has to offer. What plans do you have for “fun in the sun” this week?