Cucumbers are 96% water, so it’s no wonder it’s a vegetable we reach for without hesitation when hydration is on our mind throughout the hot summer months. 1 cup, with its peel, also contains just 16 calories and is a good source of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, and potassium.
No doubt you’re soaking up every last bit of sun, sand and outdoor fun that summer has to offer, especially now that it’s August. When you finally step back inside, mix up one of these super thirst-quenchers–they’ll cool you off and bring on that second wind, so you can shimmy into a sleeveless dress and head back out.
The weekend is here and you’ve got a packed schedule of hanging out with family and friends and making sure there’s something good to eat.
A rice salad with fresh veggies, herbs and lemon vinaigrette—it’s a total crowd pleaser. Make one that’s even more delicious and healthier with your secret weapon: RightRice.
Whether you’re grilling, tossing, sautéing or baking your favorite summer dishes—or all of the above—you can give them a serious upgrade by using top-quality extra virgin olive oil.
We always want to cook crowd-pleasing, chef-worthy food, easily and effortlessly—but especially in the summer. #Goals, right?
It’s almost cookout season, which also makes it swimsuit season, plus the time of year you most want to have tons of energy to play outside and enjoy the sunshine. Luckily, with a few simple strategies, you can get your grill on and still look and feel amazing.
If you like watermelon feta salad, you’re going to flip for this delicious, seasonal dish
Planning the menu for your next outdoor BBQ? Watermelon pizza is light, healthy and oh so pretty for summer. Our go-to recipe (see below) embraces seasonality and is bursting with bright flavor.
Nothing screams, “Summer!” like a cool, refreshing wedge of watermelon. And with good reason: Not only is watermelon cooling and hydrating (it’s about 92% water, hence the name), it’s also loaded with vitamins A and C, lycopene (which may help protect your skin from sun damage), and potassium, an important nutrient to replenish after a sweaty workout.
Burgers, corn on the cob, asparagus, chicken skewers, eggplant—grilling is one of the best parts of summer. Before you fire up the grill for your next cookout, consider the potential health and environmental impacts, including carcinogens in burned meat, greenhouse gas emissions from the grill and chemical additives in charcoal.
Remember being a kid, and having those long, hot days at camp, when you got a sweet, drippy ice pop to help you cool off? You’re about to enjoy that feeling again—minus the excess sugar, artificial dye that turned your mouth purple (fun as a kid, not cute as an adult), and sickly sweet flavor.
If you’re like us, you’re finding that summer doesn’t provide relief from the crazed morning routine of racing to work, a spin class, or getting the kids ready for camp. With no a.m. time, a hot kitchen, and the desire to look great in our bathing suits, we need something quick that tastes great, keeps us energized and helps us look our best. Turns out, all we need is a morning smoothie powered up with WelleCo’s plant-based SUPER ELIXIR Nourishing Protein. With a hefty 19 grams of organic protein from sprouted brown rice and peas (bonus: the combo gives you all 9 essential amino acids), this nourishing powder reduces bloating, boosts metabolism, stops sugar cravings and will help keep you full and satisfied. THE SUPER ELIXIR has a unique Doctor-created formula which includes whole-food ingredients you won’t usually find in your average protein powder: Pre and probiotics for improved digestion and no more bloating All B vitamins, which help balance everything from mood, weight, digestion and heart health Dandelion helps remove toxins from the liver Anti-aging warriors acai & pomegranate for antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals Rosehip, which is a concentrated source of vitamins C that builds healthy tissues, collagen and a strong immunity Leucine for muscle repair and phenalanine for fat burning Plus, along with all the health-boosting benefits, it actually tastes delicious. Try adding THE SUPER ELIXIR Nourishing Protein in Raw Peruvian Cacao or Australian Vanilla not just to a smoothie, but a smoothie bowl, energy ball, or chia pudding—or do what company co-founder Elle Macpherson does, and simply blend some into almond milk with a frozen banana and some berries for breakfast. Now’s the perfect time to try THE SUPER ELIXIR Nourishing Protein: Clean Plates’ readers will receive free shipping.* Just use code CLEANSUMMER at checkout. After all, you deserve to take 1 minute to blend up some fat-burning energy before you race out the door. Get lean and energized now! *Free shipping on all orders over $50 from Welleco.com; offer available one per customer until July 15, 2017. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Sprouted Routes blogger Liz Moody’s beautiful book has “healthy, nourishing ice pops that fill you with energy and nutrients and make you absolutely glow.”
A delicious and healthy no labor menu for Labor Day weekend
The unofficial end of summer is here and with it the dreams, the parties, the grill outs, the sunburns, the long lines at the airport and the crowded highways—these are all but memories now or rather Instagram memories….
Salmon, strawberries, and avocado- you could hardly think up a healthier trio of ingredients. They come together here to create a meal that’s so refreshingly different and flavorful, “health” is about the last last thing you’ll think of when you enjoy it. This recipe is from The Clean Plates Cookbook ($17; Running Press) by Jared Koch with Jill Silverman Hough.
Quench your thirst with organic Harmless Harvest coconut water
After having fun in the hot summer sun, don’t you wish you could dive into the center of a cool coconut and lap up all the good hydration of the water within?
These new L.A. ice cream alternatives are a cool, creamy treat
Ice cream envy: It’s a common condition among healthy eaters in the summertime. You know that skipping out on questionably sourced dairy and loads of refined sugar is a good choice, but still…doesn’t taking a lick of a cool, sweet frozen treat sound divine?
Head to the Greenmarket for one of our favorite veggies this season
Make a cool cucumber soup this summer…
Our favorite stone fruits are back in season—here's how to enjoy them
Bite into a perfectly ripe peach before summer takes its leave — rich in vitamins and minerals, and full of fiber, stone fruits are a nutritious and delicious treat…
The Next Iron Chef star brings seasonal summer fare to the Standard
A new pop-up is in town with owner of Spanish restaurant Tertulia and Next Iron Chef Seamus Mullen’s ephemeral venture…
Our picks for quick, healthy bites
We found restaurants with the Clean Plates Seal near four of the biggest summer event sites. Pack this list alongside your sunglasses and your picnic blanket, and you’ll never go hungry…