It’s summer (prime game and tournament season), so I’m sure your free time is at a premium. Instead of stressing out about having time to make and prep healthy meals – summer is a great time to focus on simple dishes. Here are a few of my favourites!
Fresh Rice Paper Wraps
Easy to make, easy to enjoy!
Ingredients: rice paper wrappers, chopped veggies (carrots, cucumbers, radishes, peppers, green onions), shredded lettuce or spinach, protein of choice (I like shrimp)
Chop all veggies – to keep it simple, use a food processor. Use defrosted shrimp, leftover chicken breast, whatever, and cut it into small pieces. Have a plate of warm water for moistening the wraps. Dip the wrap in water until it becomes pliable. Rice paper wraps can be fussy, so I like to line them with lettuce, then place the other veggies and protein inside and roll. I roll it like a burrito, tucking in the bottom and folding over the top. Once rolled, you can cut into smaller pieces. I like to dip my wraps into soy sauce or roasted red pepper vinaigrette.
If you’re short on time, you can still have a balanced snack. This smoothie is cool, quenching and full of all sorts of good stuff!
Ingredients: 1/2 avocado, 1C coconut water, , spinach or kale, pineapple and/or lime juice to taste, sweetener (like honey or agave syrup) if desired
Blend the avocado and leafy greens with the coconut water, then add the extra liquid to achieve your desired texture and taste. Top with some shredded coconut or chunks of pineapple!
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Avocado Pudding (6 servings)
This yummy dessert is cool, simple and nutritionally dense – exactly what you could use after a long, hot practice!
Ingredients: 1 ripe avocado, 1 ripe banana, 1/2 cup cocoa or cacao powder, 1/2 cup natural peanut butter, sweetener of choice: honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, blended dates, etc., 1/4 cup-ish almond milk (or other non-dairy milk) – gauge amount to desired thickness
Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours (like, make it before practice and then eat it when you come home). Top with extra nuts or slivers of dark chocolate – delish!
There you go, three dishes that are really simple, take less than 10 minutes to make, and don’t require you to turn on your oven! Enjoy!
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