5 Delicious & Nourishing Recipes for a Radiant Summer

Summer Delights: Nourishing Recipes for a Radiant and Healthy Season

As we wrap up our successful MELT 21 Day Cellulite Challenge, many of you have asked for tips on how to enhance the results and continue your wellness journey. One powerful way to support your body is through nourishing, wholesome foods. To help you make the most of this summer season, we've curated a collection of five delicious and easy-to-make recipes. Whether you've participated in the challenge or simply want to enjoy fresh and nutritious meals, these recipes are sure to delight your taste buds. Plus, we've included a refreshing mocktail to keep you cool during the hot summer days. 


Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Dietary Labels: Gluten-Free | Servings: 2

This refreshing salad features grilled chicken, nutrient-rich quinoa, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion. It's a gluten-free and protein-packed dish that makes for a satisfying meal on its own. Pair it with a side of roasted sweet potatoes for added carbohydrates.

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill the chicken for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Let it rest for a few minutes, then slice into strips.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, salad greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and feta cheese.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  5. Divide the salad into serving bowls and top with the grilled chicken. Enjoy!

Zucchini Noodle Stir-Fry

Dietary Labels: Gluten-Free, Vegan | Servings: 2

For a light and flavorful option, try this zucchini noodle stir-fry. It's gluten-free and vegan-friendly, utilizing spiralized zucchini, colorful bell peppers, carrots, and snap peas. Tossed in a sesame oil and soy sauce dressing, it's a quick and healthy option for a weeknight dinner. Pair it with a side of steamed brown rice or enjoy it as a standalone dish.

  • 2 medium zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 cup snap peas
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • Optional toppings: sesame seeds, chopped green onions
  1. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 minute.
  2. Add the bell pepper, broccoli, carrot, and snap peas to the skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender.
  3. Add the zucchini noodles and soy sauce to the skillet. Toss everything together and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the zucchini noodles are just cooked but still crisp.
  4. Remove from heat and serve the stir-fry with optional toppings like sesame seeds and chopped green onions.

Mediterranean Stuffed Bell Peppers

Dietary Labels: Gluten-Free, (Vegan option available) | Servings: 2

These vibrant stuffed bell peppers are filled with a Mediterranean-inspired mixture of quinoa, chickpeas, diced tomatoes, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and fresh herbs. They are gluten-free and can be made vegan by omitting the feta cheese. Serve them as a main course with a side of Greek salad or roasted vegetables.

  • 2 large bell peppers
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Slice the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, chickpeas, diced tomatoes, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, parsley, olive oil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
  3. Stuff the bell peppers with the quinoa mixture and place them in a baking dish. Cover the dish with foil.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bell peppers are tender and the filling is heated through.
  5. Remove from the oven, let them cool slightly, and serve.

Grilled Salmon with Lemon Dill Sauce

Dietary Labels: Gluten-Free | Servings: 2

This grilled salmon dish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and served with a tangy lemon dill sauce. It's gluten-free and can be paired with a variety of sides such as roasted asparagus, quinoa pilaf, or a fresh green salad. Enjoy this flavorful and nutritious meal that is perfect for summer grilling.

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the Lemon Dill Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Brush the salmon fillets with olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill the salmon for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until it flakes easily with a fork.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, fresh dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to make the lemon dill sauce.
  4. Serve the grilled salmon with a drizzle of the lemon dill sauce on top.

Watermelon Mint Mocktail

Dietary Labels: Alcohol Free | Servings: 2

Beat the heat with this refreshing watermelon mint mocktail. Made with fresh watermelon, lime juice, and mint, it's a hydrating and cooling beverage. This mocktail can be enjoyed by all. Serve it as a delightful non-alcoholic drink at summer gatherings or as a thirst-quencher alongside light appetizers.

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 4-6 fresh mint leaves
  • Sparkling water or soda water
  • Ice cubes
  1. In a blender, combine the watermelon, lime juice, and fresh mint leaves. Blend until smooth.
  2. Fill two glasses with ice cubes. Pour the watermelon mixture evenly into the glasses, filling them halfway.
  3. Top off each glass with sparkling water or soda water. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and serve chilled.

The Importance of Hydration:

While enjoying these wholesome recipes, it's crucial to remember the importance of hydration.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
  1. Drink plenty of water: Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Water helps flush out toxins, promotes healthy skin, and aids in digestion. Make hydration a priority during your self-care routine.
  2. Incorporate water-filled foods: Include hydrating foods such as cucumbers, watermelon, oranges, strawberries, and leafy greens in your meals. These foods not only provide vital nutrients but also contribute to your hydration levels, supporting your body's natural processes.
  3. Infuse water with flavors: Add slices of citrus fruits, cucumber, or herbs like mint and basil to your water for a refreshing twist. Infused water can make hydration more enjoyable and enticing, encouraging you to stay hydrated throughout the day.
  4. Sip water frequently throughout the day: In addition to incorporating hydrating foods and infusing water with flavors, remember to sip water frequently throughout the day. Keeping a water bottle nearby can make it easier to stay hydrated and ensure you're meeting your daily water intake. Set reminders or establish a routine to help you remember to take regular sips and nourish your body with the vital hydration it needs.

As you continue your wellness journey, remember that nourishing your body with wholesome foods is a powerful way to support your overall well-being. These summer recipes are designed to not only provide you with delicious meals but also enhance your summer dining experience. So, gather your ingredients, put on your apron, and savor these flavorful creations. 

Remember to share these healthy summer recipes with your loved ones and friends who are seeking fresh and nutritious meals. Together, let's celebrate the beauty of summer and the gift of nourishing our bodies.

Wishing you a summer season filled with wellness, joy, and the pleasure of wholesome eating!

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