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Healthy Eats: Watermelon Cooler, Pesto Salad, Cheese Apple Cracker, & Ice Cream

After my last post of healthy eats, I’m hesitant to admit this, but my healthy eating has been on the down-low. Classes were coming to an end and therefore, classwork was increasing. More classwork leaves less time for me to actually make a well-balanced meal for myself. However, it’s summer now and I’m discovering new recipes and treats!

Watermelon Smoothie Cooler:

2+ cups of cubed watermelon, 5+ frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup of coconut water

Put all three ingredients into the blender and “blend” it all together!

(I bought coconut water after hearing everyone rave about how good it is for you and how great it tastes. However, I bought it, I tried it, I hated it. I didn’t want to just throw it out, so I tried this smoothie. Now, I might purposely buy coconut water for this refreshing, tasty smoothie!)


Orzo and Broccoli Pesto Salad:

1 cup orzo, 5 cups of broccoli, 2 cloves of garlic (or 1/2 tsp of minced garlic), 1/4 tsp of salt, Parmesan, Juice of one lemon (or more than one, if you are a lemon lover like me), 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup of sour cream, grated zest of lemon, 1 avocado

Cook orzo in a large pot of water. Drain, then rinse. Cook broccoli in a large pot with a pinch of salt, for one to two minutes. Drain. To make the pesto, add some broccoli, garlic, Parmesan, salt, lemon juice, olive oil and sour cream in a food processor (or blender). Toss the orzo, rest of the cooked broccoli, pesto and lemon zest into a bowl.

(Check out Sprouted Kitchen for more healthy recipes, as this site is where I found this recipe!)


Goat Cheese and Apple Slices on Crackers:

Goat cheese, an apple, crackers (any kind – I prefer multi-grain)

(I get hungry in between my meals, or it happens that I don’t have time to eat lunch/dinner in my day – so eating a healthy snack is essential. I had some leftover goat cheese from my toasties, so I thought, “why not mix goat cheese with apples on a cracker?” Genius, right? It’s a pretty simple snack, but it fills me up enough until my next meal.)


Natural Ice Cream:

Snoqualmie Mint Chocolate Chip all natural ice cream

{I love my ice cream. Ask anyone that knows me and they will tell you I am obsessed with ice cream. I don’t think I could ever or will ever stop eating ice cream. So, if I am going to indulge in this sweet treat, why not try to make it as natural and healthy as I can?

There’s a shop in my hometown that sells natural ice cream, as well as pints in stores. I didn’t know if I was going to find such a delicious, healthy delight in my college town. Thankfully, I did. What I like about the ice cream pictured above and in my home town is that they sell mint ice cream made with real mint, not that fake mint with green food coloring. As I said, it’s “all natural.” Wherever you live, it is possible to find a “healthy” ice cream. Never give up. Hehe.)


Again, I do recommend trying all of these healthy eats! Also, not to dish out what every person says, but eating healthy isn’t the only way to a good lifestyle. If you eat right AND work out, it’ll make you feel better. I have just recently started working out and I am already feeling so much better about myself physically and mentally. I don’t even go to a gym – I work out by watching YouTube fitness videos. I suggest that you just do what feels comfortable and start with little things and it’ll build up to you feeling very, very good.



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