Not such a bad thing for a non-foodie, but I do have to eat and maintain optimum energy levels, especially when I’m in the writing and editing caves.
Here are some of my favorite go-to foods during the dog days of summer.
- Start the day with a smoothie. Puree in a blender until smooth: one banana, 1 cup skim milk, 6 ice cubes, 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein (strawberry and vanilla also work) and 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds.
- Place a scoop (or two) of cottage cheese on a luncheon plate. Surround with cut-up fruit. My favorites include cantaloupe, pineapple and strawberries.
- Drop a Popsicle stick in a fresh cheese cup and freeze it for a cool snack.
- Mix one-half cup of plain yogurt with one mashed ripe avocado, one diced tomato, and chili powder (to your taste). Serve as a dip for tortilla chips.
- Pick your favorite berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.) and wash them carefully. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and place the berries in a single layer. Freeze the fruit and then store in freezer bags or airtight containers.
- Add fresh grapes and toasted almonds to your favorite instant milk-based pudding.
- Place a scoop of frozen yogurt between two graham cracker squares. Roll the edges in chocolate chips and freeze until firm.
Fruit and Ricotta Split
½ small banana
½ cup strawberries
½ cup low-fat ricotta cheese
Sweetener (to taste)
- Cut banana length-wise and open onto a plate.
- Top with ricotta cheese.
- Sweeten strawberries to taste and spoon over cheese.
- Brew a pot of fresh coffee using two tablespoons of dark-roasted ground coffee per cup. Add sugar or sweetener.
- Transfer the hot coffee to a carafe, and let it cool to room temperature.
- Refrigerate until cold, usually two to three hours.
- Pour the chilled coffee into glasses and stir.
- Optional: Add ½ cup of milk for increased calcium.
- Optional: Add crème de cacao or cinnamon schnapps for increased flavor.
- Note: I would not combine #5 and #6.
Funky Monkey Coffee Drink
This extra-special treat is chock full of calcium, potassium, and of course, caffeine. I found the recipe in Joy’s Life Diet by Joy Bauer.
¾ cup cold coffee
½ peeled medium banana, sliced and frozen
1 tbsp chocolate syrup
¼ cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly. Makes one serving.
Any other suggestions for cool treats…Please share!