I love Summer for the ease of cooking and serving up deliciously nourishing food for all the family. It’s so easy to get the goodness in and salads and summer dishes can be packed full of healing goodness. Here’s a few of my favourites I want you to try…
I don’t need an excuse to get some fish onto the menu! There’s huge benefit to eating oily fish when you want to give your body the best chance it has at recovering and healing. The kind of fat in oily fish is good fat and this delicious dish contains Vitamin B and D, essential proteins and omega-3. The dish of all dishes if you want a hit of goodness on one plate.
These are great for the kids in the summer (and mom of course), simply because you can stealthily hide allsorts of goodness in them and they’ll still taste delicious, no one ever need know! Ha! I like to use lots of frozen super berries, like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and chuck in some spinach and kale for good measure! It’s a great way for the kids to cool down and stay hydrated in the summer. You can even freeze the smoothie mix into ice lolly moulds!
I couldn’t leave good old H2o out of this list of summer foods. Hydration is so important, especially in postpartum healing. Water is the BEST thing you can be drinking to benefit your body in recovery. It’s detoxifying, re-hydrates tissue and boosts circulation. There’s a ton of water rich foods that are great for the summer too, add watermelon, green bell peppers, carrots and citrus fruits to your shopping list when the weather gets hotter.
Sprinkle a handful of nuts over your summer salads to make sure you’re getting good fats in your diet. REMEMBER: fats can be good…In fact, essential good fats are vital to our diet! Avoid processed fatty foods though, and eat nuts, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil and seeds. These are all good immune system strengthening fats.
This is an old household favourite, but the good old Cobb Salad contains a hit of goodness (maybe skip the cheese dressing though…). Eggs, organic chicken breast, leafy green salad, avocado, tomatoes… It’s the ultimate protein and good fat filled salad! I enjoy my with a good glug of cold pressed olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
During the summer months I served dark leafy greens with almost every dish. They are quick, easy to prepare and pack a punch when it comes to healing and nutrition. If I am in a salad mood, I’ll serve raw leaves like spinach, rocket and watercress but If I’m cooking a hot dish, I’ll steam spinach, kale or broccoli with garlic. Delicious!
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