Lemon Lime Guacamole

Lemon Lime Guacamole | nutritionstripped.comLemon.Lime.Guacamole. YUM. Those three words in the same sentence immediately make my taste buds start dancing and doing the salsa (ha pun intended), or the cha-cha. This Lemon Lime Guacamole steps up the citrus notes in traditional guacamole for a super bright and refreshing compliment to the filling and rich avocado. I’ve been in a festive mood lately, for several reasons: 1// it’s finally summer, 2// the sun is shining most days, 3// some “holidays” are coming up, and 4// v.a.c.a.t.i.o.n., well more like a stay-cation but none the less a much needed mental break from the world to relax. All of the above give me the feeling of a fiesta, and what food is more appropriate for fiestas than guacamole?

By now, all of you know I have a deep love for avocados and their many uses (Dark Chocolate Avocado MousseVeggie “Sushi” Rolls, and Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad).

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Simply Infused Ice Cubes

Simply Infused Ice Cubes // nutritionstripped.comSimply Infused Water, a previous post, was a hit! I thank all of you out there who commented, tried the recipes, took pictures, and showed support in sharing this. It was one of my favorites thus far and I continually use these ideas daily. Today I want to share another favorite way to enjoy Simply Infused Water… Simply Infused Ice Cubes! This is another simple and fun to dress up your plain water, similar to Watermelon Cubes. Kick your water up a notch with a little sophisticated style!

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Spicy Sweet Nut & Seed Mix

Spicy Sweet Nut & Seed Mix | nutritionstripped.comRecently I shared with you all how to make simple trail mix, Nutrition Stripped Energy Mix. Today, I share with you a recipe with some sweetness and a hint of spice, Spicy Sweet Nut & Seed Mix. This mix reminded me of honey roasted peanuts (which are way too addicting to be good for oneself) with a hint of heat and smokey-ness. This one’s sure to be a crowd pleaser and perfect for taking to BBQ’s, potlucks, gatherings with friends and families, and other parties.

You all know I’m all about having fun in the kitchen and keeping it simple. This recipe is quick to put together and to bake. Also, this is a great recipe to get kids to eat nuts and seeds (fiber, protein, healthy fat, calories, nutrients galore!) as sometimes they don’t prefer the “natural/bland” taste of nuts and seeds. You can simply use less cayenne to decrease the heat/spiciness for their enjoyment.

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Watermelon Cubes

Spotlight On Watermelon & Watermelon Cubes // nutritionstripped.comWatermelon, watermelon, watermelon.  Today I share another way to squeeze watermelon into your diet (not that there needs to be much convincing, right?). Watermelon is a quintessential summer and hot weather treat. Summer days aren’t complete in my mind without sinking my teeth into a large halved slice of watermelon, even if it means having watermelon juice running down my hands and mouth. I like to think of it as a right of passage in the world of eating watermelon!

Today I share several fun and unique ways to use watermelon including how to get ready for bikini season! There are many varieties of watermelon, even ranging in shape from oblong, square (!), round, small, large, white, yellow flesh, and of course red/pink fleshed (some with different antioxidant properties). The rich red-pink colored flesh in watermelon is a visual of the lycopene content, lycopene has been studied in great detail regarding the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds which inhibits pro-inflammatory markers.

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Watermelon Grapefruit & Blackberry Salad with Honey Mint Drizzle

Watermelon Grapefruit & Blackberry Salad with Honey Mint Drizzle // nutritionstripped.comI love salads all year long, but especially in the warmer months I crave salads including seasonal fruits and veggies. They’re light, refreshing, easy on digestion, but also provide enough satiety to keep you feeling full until your next meal or snack. Watermelon Grapefruit & Blackberry Salad combines the best of the bunch when it comes to refreshing and light summer fruits combined with a sweet and tangy Honey Mint Drizzle.

If you’ve learned one thing about me from previous posts, it’s that I love a variety of flavor combinations and textures in one dish, it keeps my taste buds and belly happy! This dish gets a check mark for both flavor and texture combinations. The watermelon is extremely hydrating (rightfully so, as it’s comprised of about 92% water), tangy, sweet, and slightly bitter grapefruit, and the sweet blackberries bursting with juicy sweetness. The spongey texture of the watermelon goes perfectly with the more dense blackberries and fibrous grapefruit. All in all, this fruit salad is a keeper!

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