To help you enjoy the last bit of summer, we asked Calibrate Food Expert, Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN, to share four recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This refreshing smoothie makes for the perfect light end-of-summer breakfast. Watermelon is approximately 90% water and contains natural electrolytes like potassium, which will help keep you hydrated in the heat. Strawberries, for their part, are packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps prevent skin aging and also boosts immune function. Serve alongside scrambled eggs and avocado, or an omelet of your choice.
Add all ingredients into a blender. If the smoothie seems too thin, add ice or more frozen strawberries. If it’s too thick, add more milk. This smoothie is best served fresh—enjoy!
This summer salad makes the most of seasonal produce by using ingredients like fresh corn and bell pepper. Black beans give this dish a healthy dose of fiber, as well as protein.
For the dressing:
For the salad:
In a large mixing bowl, make the dressing. Whisk together the lime juice, oil, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper. To the same bowl, add the beans, corn, bell pepper, cilantro, jalapeno, and red onion. Mix together. Add the avocado, crumble in the feta, and gently toss together the ingredients. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper, if necessary.
A great way to make juicy, nutritious turkey burgers is to add zucchini! These burgers are not only packed with satiating protein but have the added benefit of vegetables as well. Zucchinis are a water-rich vegetable that contains antioxidants called carotenoids which help protect the eyes, skin, and heart. These carotenoids may also protect against certain types of cancer.
With a kitchen towel (or paper towel), squeeze out as much moisture from the zucchini as possible. In a large bowl, add the zucchini, turkey, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper. Form five patties, trying to make them similar in size so they all cook evenly. Heat a large nonstick pan over high heat. Add a little oil and place the burgers in the pan, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. This will likely have to be done in a few batches. Cook the burgers on one side until browned, and then flip.
A few additional tips: If the other side seems to be burning, flip onto the other side until burgers are cooked through. If you’re grilling the burgers, spray the grill with oil and cook the burgers over medium heat for about five minutes on each side and serve.
This dinner side epitomizes summer with juicy peaches, ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fragrant, sweet basil. Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which helps protect the skin from sun damage and types of cancer such as bone, lung, and prostate, while mozzarella is rich in calcium and high in protein. Peaches, for their part, contain the antioxidant beta carotene. Beta carotene helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays and may even create a natural glow that warms the skin tone!
For the dressing:
For the salad:
In a large bowl, make the dressing. Whisk the vinegar, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper until combined. Add in the peaches, tomatoes, and basil. Gently toss the ingredients with the dressing. Add the mozzarella and mix. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired. Transfer the salad to a serving platter and enjoy!
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