The season of fun in the sun and barbecues is upon us! Cool
down the summer sizzle with delicious and refreshing salads. Take advantage of
Mother Nature’s abundance and whip up some easy side dishes using fresh,
seasonal fruits and vegetables. Packed with antioxidants and flavor, these
summer dishes will round out your health quotient and keep you as cool as a
1. Berrylicious and Delicious
Forget the freezer section the next time you go grocery
shopping! Enjoy this season’s mix of fresh berries. Chock full of vitamin C,
fiber, and natural sweetness, these free-radical fighters make the perfect
dessert, snack, or morning bowl of deliciousness. For a refreshing summer salad
try the following recipe:
1/4 cup hulled strawberries
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup blackberries
1/4 cup raspberries
A small bunch of fresh mint
2 Tbsp orange zest
Slice the strawberries in half and combine with the rest of
the berries. Zest the skin of one orange and add to the mix. Chop the fresh
mint and sprinkle into the salad. Enjoy with a few dollops of low-fat,
unsweetened yogurt for a refreshing summertime treat!
Berry Bonus: Strawberries and raspberries contain the
cancer-fighting phytochemical ellagic acid, which may inhibit tumor growth.
2. Cool n' Crunchy!
The next time you crave crunch, forget the bag of chips.
Reach for cooling cucumber and refreshing radish for a vitamin boost to
accompany your main dish. Follow this easy recipe and whip up a summer side
salad that both you and your friends will love.
1 chilled sliced cucumber
2 small sliced radishes
1/2 cup low-fat, unsweetened yogurt
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp toasted sunflower seeds
Combine the cucumbers and radishes in a bowl. In a separate
bowl combine the yogurt, olive oil, and lemon juice; stir until you get a
creamy, even mixture. Add the yogurt mixture to the cucumber and radish bowl
and mix well. Toast the sunflower seeds and allow to cool slightly before
sprinkling them on top of the salad for an aromatic and nutty crunch.
Chew on This: Cucumber juice is rich in the natural compound
silica, which gives your skin a natural radiance.
Nothing says summer like a juicy, cold watermelon! Your
bones will love the calcium-rich feta, which is also packed with protein. Quench
your thirst and satisfy your belly with this delicious salad that will have
your guests begging for more!
1/2 cup watermelon chunks
1 Tbsp crumbled feta cheese
1/4 sliced onion
1 Tbsp fresh, chopped mint
Drizzle of honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and gently mix. Drizzle
with a bit of honey for a touch of added sweetness.
Food for Thought: Watermelon is an excellent source of the
antioxidant lycopene, which has been associated with a reduced incidence of
cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration.
I hope you and your friends will stay cool and healthy with
these delicious recipes all summer long! You can discover more healing and
longevity foods in The Natural Health Dictionary, a comprehensive guide that
answers all your questions about natural remedies, healing herbs, healthy
foods, vitamins, and supplements. You may also be interested in Secrets of
Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100, which is now available on
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