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Favourite Fresh and Healthy Summer Recipes for More Glow & Less Bloat

If you’ve wanted to clean up your diet, have your clothes feel a little less snug, and boost your energy levels, SUMMER is the perfect season to try out new ways of eating to help you do just this!

Eating more plant-based is the easiest way to it, and there’s no better time than now to try this on when there’s an abundance of fresh fruit, veggies, and salad around.

In this article, I share with you some summery plant-based recipes that will have you high on energy and feeling fab, with fresh ingredients that will have you detoxing and losing bloat, without even trying. Oh my!

Cool as a Cucumber Smoothie

This is a deliciously hydrating smoothie to start your day. Loaded with Vit’s A and C, it’s also high in potassium – all the things you need to boost collagen and get your glow on.

Ingredients  (Serves 1)
1 medium cucumber (peeled if not organic), chopped
1 cup coconut water
½ cup chopped rockmelon
½ cup chopped papaya
1 small lemon, peeled
Ice cubes

Pop all the ingredients into a blender and whizz until the consistency’s as you like it, and for best results have the ingredients chilled before you prep. Enjoy!

Watermelon Juice

Not only does watermelon juice look amazing it’s also fortifying, reduces inflammation, flushes out edema, helps weight loss and eases depression (well, how could something that looks so pretty, not be amazing?!)

If you’re short on time simply place 2 cups of watermelon chunks with some ice in a blender, whizz and enjoy. Serves 1.

But if you have a little more time, try this for a refreshing pick-me-up any time of day this summer:

Watermelon Raspberry Ginger Lemonade

Ingredients (Serves 4)
8 cups watermelon, cut into chunks
1 cup raspberries
1 1/2 tbsp peeled fresh ginger
1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
1 tbsp raw honey (optional)
Ice to serve

Place all the ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth. Serve over ice.

Looking for an all-day breakfast or snack idea? Then you can’t beat a bowl of:

Fresh Summer Fruit Mixed with Oats & Topped with Greek Yoghurt

Ingredients (Think any or all of the following, in quantities that work for you!)
Handful of Oats
Sprinkling of Raw Seeds and Nuts
Dollop of Full-fat Greek Yoghurt
Lime juice & some zest
Raw Honey

Chop and mix as feels good to you!

Thinking something more brunch, or lunch-like? Then you’ll love:

Summer On a Platter

Punnet of ripest red, yellow, orange and green Baby Tomatoes, halved or quartered
Fresh Basil, torn
Chunk of Burrata – fresh cheese (or Mozzarella)

Topped with the best Olive Oil you can find, Sea Salt, and freshly cracked Black Pepper. Oh! And don’t forget a drizzle of thick and unctuous balsamic vinegar.

To me, this is summer on a plate.

Add some:
•    Scrambled Eggs
•    Avo, and
•    your fave Sourdough bread or Bagel
And you’ve got yourself an easy lunch or dinner!

In fact, any of the following salads can be enjoyed alone or put alongside each other for tasty mix and match varieties of long, lazy summer day lunches or dinners:

Grated Courgette Salad with Parmesan and Pistachios

High summer is the perfect time to make this salad when courgettes are in their prime and rich in poly-phenolic antioxidants, which are essential in helping to protect the body from aging, illness, and disease. Courgettes are also one of the mildest and easiest vegetables to digest, helping to relieve constipation and bloating.

Ingredients (Serves 1-2)
2 small yellow & 1 small green Courgette, grated
3 tbsp best olive oil
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 ½ tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Sea Salt & Fresh Black Pepper
Parmesan Cheese, grated
2 tbsp Pistachios, lightly salted and roasted (or Pine Nuts)

This is so quick to make!

Grate the courgettes and place into a bowl.

In another bowl, whisk the olive oil with the lemon zest and juice. Season with S&P to your liking. Then toss the grated courgette together with the dressing.

Grate some parmesan cheese, toss again, and add the nuts on top. Serve and enjoy this summer “quickie”!

Rocket & Nectarine Salad (h2)

Fresh and juicy, with just the right amount of crunch and spice, this combo is a match made in heaven. It’s also another recipe that supports our body with ingredients that are:
•    Blood cleansing
•    Great for digestive and constipation issues, and
•    High in water that helps to hydrate us on a cellular level

Ingredients (Serves 2)
4 cups Rocket
1-2 small Romaine Salad heads, chopped
3 ripe Nectarines (or Peaches), thinly sliced
1 tbsp fresh Thyme, leaves only
3 tbsp Lemon Juice
3 tbsp Olive Oil
Sea salt and fresh cracked Black Pepper, to taste
3 tbsp pistachios, shelled and roughly chopped

In a small bowl mix the olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, S&P. Bring out that beautiful platter you’ve been saving, arrange the rocket, romaine, and fruit on top.

Drizzle with the dressing, give a little toss, add the pistachios on top, and this baby is ready to enjoy!

Thai Quinoa Salad (h2)

With quinoa being a gluten-free grain, you can fill up on this without worrying about any bloat, especially when combined with these gut-friendly veggies and herbs.

Ingredients (Serves 3-4)
1 cup Quinoa
½ tsp Sea Salt
1 small Red Bell Pepper, cored and diced
1 small Yellow Bell Pepper, cored and diced
1 large, Carrot, peeled and julienned
1 small Cucumber, (peeled if not organic) and chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh Mint
½ cup chopped fresh Corriander
1 small packet Baby Spinach

Thai Dressing
6 tbsp fresh Lime juice
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tbsp Fish Sauce
½ tsp Chilli Flakes

Cook the quinoa, together with the salt and 1 ½ cups water, or as per packet instructions. Set aside to cool.

Grab a large bowl, combine the cooled quinoa, peppers, carrot, and cucumber. Mix well.

To make the dressing, whisk together those ingredients, then toss the dressing through the salad and mix well. Gently mix in the mint and coriander.

Serve on a platter, on top of a bed of baby spinach. This one is a super yum recipe you can also easily serve in autumn and winter when you’re craving summer vibes!