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Strawberry Watermelon Kale Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing

Summer is here and with it comes tons of fun, but also tons of excuses to fall off the wagon when it comes to your nutrition. Barbeques, pool parties, and labor day weekend is coming up — you name it something is happening every weekend. Just because you’re eating out or cooking outside doesn’t mean your healthy diet has to be derailed.

This does not mean you need to fear all of these fun summer outings…at all. One of the exact reasons I got started in the nutrition field was because I realized there was more to life than dieting, and wanted to share that with the world. It is totally possible to live a healthy lifestyle and have a blast while doing it.

So my number one tip is this: don’t skip the summer parties to be “healthy”. Did you know that when we are relaxed and having fun we are actually primed to have a high metabolism. It’s plain and simple fact that eating under stress, or just stress in general can actually slow down your metabolism! So relax and enjoy the summer parties. Another thing you can to do to ease your stress, bring something with you.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is bring along one of my favorite healthy dishes to each event I attend. Not only do I know that there will be something there I will feel good about eating, but I can also share my favorites with friends and family and hopefully rub off a little healthy eating onto them.

Fun fact about this particular recipe: I made it for a family cookout last summer and my grandpa loved it. He even asked if I knew that kale was really good for you! I’ve posted a recipe similar before but wanted to spruce this one up for you!

So here’s one of my favorite summer dishes. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

▪ 4 cups chopped and rinsed Kale
▪ 1 cup diced watermelon
▪ 1 cup shredded carrots
▪ 10 medium strawberries, chopped
▪ 1/4 cup dried apple juice sweetened dried cherries or dried cranberries
▪ ¼ cup hemp seeds
▪ 1 lime
▪ 1 tbs. coconut oil

Directions:

1. In a large bowl combine your chopped kale, diced watermelon, shredded carrots, and sliced strawberries.
2. Toss in your hemp seeds and dried cherries or cranberries.
3. Once mixed, use a zester to zest about ½ of the lime peel into the salad.
4. In a separate bowl combine a tablespoon of melted coconut oil with juice of ½ the lime and stir well. This is your dressing.
5. Drizzle your dressing over the salad and toss to enjoy.

Makes 8 side salad servings

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Want more recipes like this? Check out my Non-Diet Guide to having a life and body you love!

What’s your favorite food to bring to a party? 

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Homemade Trail Mix

I’ve always been a big snacker. I’m not a fan of a big sit down meal but would be happy to graze my way through the day. While I am working on shifting my habits to eating more structured meals, I still do like to have something on hand for days when I am on the go and may want to have snacks available. Trail mix has always been a great option for me especially as it starts to get warmer because it can go anywhere without worrying about it melting, or going bad, or not staying cold. The more aware I have become of labels, portions, and all that good stuff, the more I have noticed how “unhealthy” some trail mixes can actually be. I prefer to make my own simply because I can control the ingredients, and make them exactly to my liking. Here are some of my favorites:

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Fruity Trail Mix: 

  • Freeze dried pineapple
  • Freeze dried strawberries
  • Raw almonds
  • Cacao nibs

Peanut Butter and Jelly: 

  • Unsalted peanuts 
  • Dried apple juice sweetened cranberries
  • Freeze dried banana slices
  • Cashews

Tropical Trail Mix: 

  • Freeze dried pineapple
  • Dried unsweetened mango
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut flakes

Classic Trail Mix: 

  • Unsalted Peanuts 
  • Raisins
  • Apple juice sweetened cranberries
  • Cacao Nibs

Monkey Trail Mix 

  • Freeze dried banana slices
  • Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Cacao nibs

What’s your favorite trail mix blend? 

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