Chili Spiked Watermelon and Strawberry Medley – Serves 5+

Summertime and the livin’ is easy… food dishes should be easy to make too!  No one has a hour or more to whip up food dishes to please the hungry.  Whether you’re adding this dish to your fridge as a staple for snacks, addition to a BBQ, or as a dessert, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

This dish contains watermelon and cucumbers which are filled with water.  Hot weather calls for dishes high in water content to contribute to overall hydration.  When I would be poolside in Texas, a good friend from Mexico City used to always slice cucumbers and season them with chili, which I loved but still wanted something a little sweeter…

Rule of thumb (at least my thumb) – aim to drink at minimum half your body weight in ounces.  For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, try to aim for 60 ounces or more.  Personally I like to drink my body weight in ounces or at least come close – this means near 130 ounces of water daily (slightly more than a gallon).

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large cucumber; peel off some of the skin and then slice thinly
  • 16 ounce container strawberries; halved with the stems removed
  • Half of 1 large watermelon; cubed
  • 1/4 cup cilantro; minced
  • 1/4 lime; juice (fresh is preferred but lime juice is a good option as well)
  • Eyeball amount of chili powder (I love Tajin –  the low sodium version is my go-to)
  • Optional/to taste: sea salt

Methodology:

  1. Using a disposable tin or large tupperware container combine cucumbers, strawberries, watermelon, lime juice, and cilantro.  Cover container of choice and shake thoroughly.
  2. Season with chili powder and sea salt if desired.  I like to thoroughly cover each piece of fruit and cucumber.
  3. Cover and chill until ready to be served.
  4. Pair with your favorite sparkling beverage whether non-alcoholic or alcoholic…  bottoms up y’all!

 

xxx – Sarah

Salted Coco(a) Banana Bites – Serves 2+

Basically Summer screams frozen everything.  I love salt and I love sugar aka I go nuts for combinations with hints of both – why not mix them together and get crazy?!  However, since I’m ‘adulting’ that means make some swaps for healthier ingredients…  Rather than adding traditional chocolate in the recipe I swapped for chocolate protein powder which allows for a bit more protein compared to a regular dessert.

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Methodology

  1. Line a cooking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the sliced bananas to the parchment paper and freeze for 10-20 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, mix protein powder with very little water, stir and/or add water until a pudding consistency is reached.  Set aside the chocolate protein pudding mixture.
  4. Heat up coconut oil under medium-high heat in a frying pan then add the oatmeal, coconut flakes, and sea salt.  Toss the coconut/oatmeal mixture until golden then remove from heat and set aside.
    1. SIDEBAR – the toasted mixture almost tastes like popcorn and it’s heavenly.  
  5. Remove the cooking sheet from the freezer.  Add a dollop of the protein pudding to each banana slice then top with a sprinkling of the coconut/oatmeal mix.
  6. Put the banana slices back into the freezer for minimum 20 minutes.
  7. Sandwich two banana slices together with a toothpick so that the chocolate pudding mixture is in the middle.  Return the cooking sheet to the freezer for 20 minutes or longer.
  8. Remove banana sandwiches from parchment paper and serve as a the perfect guilt-free dessert.
  9. Absolute H-E-A-V-E-N!!!

 

 

xxx – Sarah