The summer heat sure can do a number on an appetite. It’s vital to stay hydrated, but not getting enough food in your system can also leave you feeling shaky and weak. If you want to keep your energy levels in check, refuel often with these light summer meals.
Pecan Power Balls
Made with pecans, ground flaxseed, chia seeds and almond butter, you’ll be surprised how much energy you’ll get from a couple of these pecan power balls. Two bite-sized nibbles will keep you going through your morning workout without weighing you down.
Cranberry Pomegranate Green Tea with Protein
Blue Dot Cranberry Pomegranate Green Tea was a refreshing change of pace from my typical protein drink. Made with whey protein, the all-natural drink boasts 12 grams of protein and only 110 calories; it helped me feel full until lunch.
Quinoa Tabbouleh with Feta
This is the same tabbouleh you know and love, but it’s made gluten-free by substituting quinoa for the cracked wheat. The addition of feta gives it an additional protein boost and makes it a satisfying meal.
Mixed Greens with Warm Goat Cheese Medallions
Are you still pining over that salade au chèvre chaud (warm goat cheese salad), you had in France? This recipe is swoon-worthy and easy to make. The trick is to make sure your goat cheese is really cold. Prepare the medallions in the morning and chill thoroughly or pop them in the freezer for an hour before they hit the fry pan.
Waffle Brownie with Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce
When I’m craving a baked good but don’t dare heat up the oven, I pull out my waffle maker. Perfectly portioned for two or four, the waffle brownie with a scoop of ice cream and store-bought caramel sauce can’t be beat on a hot summer’s night!
Who’s hungry now? —Karen