While the weather is starting to change a bit, my body is still craving summer foods: hydrating, cooling, and light. Here are some of the things I couldn't get enough of the past few months:
-Quinoa - Since it is technically not a grain, this high protein pseudo-seed had a certain lightness that makes it perfect to tossing in big salads, or mixing with fresh veggies and herbs for a simple, satisfying summer meal.
-Grapes - Back when I was in high school I worked as a lifeguard during the summer. Frozen grapes were one of my favorite snacks for long days spent in the sun. Even though I don't spend all day in the sun anymore (I wish!), frozen grapes are still one of my top summer treats.
-Cucumbers - Craving something crunchy and salty? Try this: slice cucumbers, sprinkle with sea salt and cayenne pepper, and drizzle with a little lemon or lime juice. All the satisfaction, none of the guilt. And super cooling too!
-Romaine and butter lettuces - Dude, I used to hate on romaine... probably because I had never tried a FRESH, LOCAL version of this yummy lettuce varietal. I'm all about romaine these days. Chopped up in big, crunchy salads, used as taco shells, or just eaten straight up like chips. Butter lettuce is another new favorite. If you live in NYC, check out Gotham Greens. Seriously superior greens grown in Brooklyn and Queens. SCORE.
-KeVita probiotic drink - Everyone knows that I am a big fan of kombucha (I brew my own!), but this may be my new bubbly of choice. KeVita is like kombucha in that it has tons of healthy probiotics, but it's made with stevia so it's much lighter.
-Thunderbird Energetica bars - I discovered these bars when I was in San Antonio last month. Made with wholesome ingredients like dates, nuts, buckwheat, vegetables, and spices, and free of added sweeteners, these were a huge hit in my book. They taste great and most are about 160-180 calories, which is a perfect snack in my mind.
What at have been your go-to summer foods this year?