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Cool Down with Foods on Hot Summer Days



Looking for summer recipes that will help you cool down on hot summer days?

Aim for ingredients that have a cooling energy such as celery, coconut, citrus, cucumber, mint, strawberry, tomato, watermelon, etc. Prefer raw foods over cooked foods and definitely stay away from hot, fried and spicy foods.

Here is a list of my favorite summer recipes (from my website):

BREAKFAST
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Chia Pudding
  • Coconut Yogurt
  • Seed Bread

STARTERS
  • Eggplant Dip
  • Hummus
  • Kale Chips
  • Pesto

ENTREES
  • Cauliflower Rice
  • Citrus-Herb Chicken
  • French Lentils Salad with Beets & Fennel
  • Frittata
  • Greek Salad
  • Mediterranean Zucchini stuffed with Beef
  • Mexican Quinoa Salad
  • Pasta with Pesto & Zucchini
  • Polenta with Basil & Sundried Tomatoes
  • Quinoa & Chickpea Salad
  • Quinoa Sushi-style
  • Salmon Tartare
  • Sardines & Grilled Vegetables
  • Shrimps, Kale & Shiitake Asian-style
  • Spiralized Zucchini
  • Tabbouleh

DESSERTS
  • Banana Ice Cream
  • Berry Chia Jam
  • Berry Crumble
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Raw Almond Balls
  • Raw Bites

DRINKS
  • Berry Smoothie
  • Carrot Juice
  • Chocolate Shake
  • Green Juice
  • Hemp Milk
  • Lemon Water
  • Tropical Smoothie

Stay cool :)

Alexandra Le Ny
Certified Health Coach & Yoga Instructor
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Smoothie or not Smoothie?

I am not a smoothie kind of girl. It may shock you to hear it from a Health Coach, but I prefer to chew my food and drink my liquids.

In my culture, we sit down at every meal and make it a ritual. It is a social thing, a time for ourselves or to connect with other human beings. We don't drive, work, phone, text, read or watch TV while eating. Besides distraction interferes with digestion. When you practice mindful eating, you feel satisfied, satiated and you digest well. For optimal nutrient absorption, foods are always best eaten in their whole form and well-chewed, so they can be processed by your digestive enzymes.

I only use my Vitamix to make a berry smoothie to sneak other liquid or powdered supplements such as chlorella and spirulina powders (since they taste gross alone!) and to get my daily dose of high-antioxidant berries, especially when they are hard to find in the winter. I typically buy them organic to avoid pesticides and frozen since they are more economical. I also like to make occasional treats like a tropical smoothie on a hot summer day or a decadent superfoods hot cocoa in the winter.

Unless you are always on the go, skip meals (which is a terrible “no” for blood sugar and weight loss) or don't eat enough vegetables & fruit, there is no need for a daily smoothie. If you do, be careful if you like to mix fruit & veggies together, they are not the best food combination, and can often lead to bloating, gas and discomfort if your digestion is sensitive. Fruit should be eaten alone or they will ferment in your digestive tract and you can imagine the rest. When sweetening your smoothie, stick to fresh or dried fruit.

I just saved you $400 from buying a fancy blender or from grabbing a daily smoothie to work that you can now invest in coaching sessions ;)

For more information, please consult with me.

Alexandra Le Ny
Certified Health Coach & Yoga Instructor
925 858 2133

“Empowering individuals to reclaim their health and happiness and regain balance in all areas of their life.”

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