Green leafy vegetables are a source of long list essential nutrients. They are the source of magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, B, C and K, folic acid and many more. They are rich in fiber and antioxidants and low in calories and fat. They help in reducing the risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and eye related diseases. The green leafy vegetables help in weight loss and increasing the bone strength. In spite of its numerous benefits it is sad to note that they are included very rarely in the daily menu. Both kid and adults hate the bland taste of green leafy vegetables. How to include them in your diet? Use your creativity and include them in your recipes as much as possible. Are you interested in knowing a few useful tips?

Say goodbye to potato chips and hello to kale chips

Are potato chips the favorite snacks in your home? Do you know the health risks of eating potato chips? It increases the risks of diabetes, heart diseases, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. It is time to say goodbye to potato chips and replace them with the healthy kale chips. All you have to do is cut off the leaves from the stem. Wash and let the water to drain. Toss lemon juice, olive oil, pepper and seasoning salt. Spread the leaves on a baking sheet. Preheat the oven and bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees. If you want it hot and spicy you can add chili powder or chili flakes. If you want it sweet for your little ones toss the leaves with honey.

Delicious and healthy homemade sauces

Do you buy your pasta sauce and tomato sauce? You can add spinach puree with your pasta sauce and celery or spinach or any other greens puree with tomato sauce, Adding green puree gives a colorful and appetizing look to your pasta.

Add green leafy vegetables to your juices

A cup of healthy juice that you have in the morning can keep you brisk and energetic throughout the day. How to make tasty juices with green leafy vegetables? Here are a few suggestions.

  • Apples, celery leaves, carrots, greens and wheat grass.
  • Cucumber, kale leaves, ginger, lemon and oranges
  • spinach, parsley, cucumber, pear, lemon and pomegranate

You can replace carrots with beetroot or lettuce. You can make changes to suit your taste buds. All you have to do is run the ingredients in a juicer and serve chilled. You can freeze into ice cubes or blocks. Add to the water you drink.
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Powder them and add to your recipes
Dry spinach or parsley or curry leaves, kale leaves or coriander leaves and other green leaves separately or together. Grind the dry leaves into powder. Sprinkle the powder in your salad, add a teaspoon to your juice, soup, curry or stew. Dry powder may not have the all nutrients as fresh leaves but not all the health benefits are lost.

Make a paste and use as a sandwich spread or in your hamburgers
Coriander leaves, spinach leaves, parsley and other greens can be used as a sandwich spread. Wash and boil the leaves with garlic, ginger and green chili. Grind to a fine paste and add salt and little lemon juice, Use as a spread for your favorite sandwich or spread the paste in your hamburger and make your hamburger healthy.

Add green leaves to your non vegetarian dishes
Do you love chicken, fish and eggs? You are not alone. Most people love non vegetarian dishes than vegetarian dishes. Make a paste with coriander, parsley, kale leaves, spinach leaves, ginger, garlic and chili flakes. Spread this paste on chicken or fish and bake or pressure cook. It is tasty to eat with brown rice or rice. Add chopped celery or fenugreek leaves or broccoli or lettuce or a little of all of them to your omelets. You can prepare a chicken wrap or tuna wrap using green leafy vegetables. You can stir fry one or more green leafy vegetables of your choice while preparing chicken and fish recipes.

Let them be a part of your favorite dishes
Do you love mashed peas or potatoes or tofu? Add chopped or ground green leafy vegetables to them. Do you love Chinese noodles? Add chopped greens. You can make your favorite desserts with them. Avocado pudding is one of the examples.

There are many options to add green leafy vegetables to your diet. Sky can be the only limit if you really set your mind to it. Go green is needed for not only mother earth but for your health too.

The food you have ordered could break or make a budding chemistry with your date sitting right across the table. There are foods to be avoided at all costs on a date as well as meals men love to see women order. These are sumptuous dishes for those after a delicious yet steamy and sexy date.

Gnocchi – If you have been taken to a cool Italian restaurant by your date, do not feel ashamed to enjoy a hearty plate of the best pasta. If you do it dexterously, the process of eating pasta can be quite steamy and sexy. The best suggestion is choosing an easy to eat variation that will not result in unromantic and messy moment, the reason why ordering spaghetti on your first date might not be great. However, Potato gnocchi will be a choice you will love and any real Italian restaurant will have the delicate potato pillows whipped up from scratch and topped with unique sauces including the best silky mozzarella.

Steak – To impress the man who has taken you on a date, order steak. Men have always thought ladies who are great in cutting their steak are insanely sexy. While it might be a good choice to order, avoid jabbing it with your fork or knife-hack it and most importantly, avoid swallowing a huge chunk of meat more than you can chew. Watching a woman taking full control of the best made steak will make any man look forward to quality time together.

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Salad – Salad is not a food any man fancy their date ordering. Men might find it sexy to see a woman ordering steak but playing it on the fitness side is advisable. Let him know you are a girl who likes taking care of her health and body. If you go for a salad, remember the judgment you receive might be for worse or for better.

Salmon – There is no way you can go wrong if you order a lavishly cooked salmon fillet on your date. This will protect you from ordering turn-offs such as salads while making sure you have not added weight you might have been trying to lose all week.

Wine – It is almost hard to think about a date without some wine. Ordering the best glass will help you to relax to start enjoying yourself on your date. After relaxing, giving off a steamy, sexy vibe will come naturally.

Figs – Ordering figs adds a little something to the wonderful moment. They are considered as aphrodisiac foods although not in the obvious way known to men. Apart from their visual eroticism, they will give your body much needed zinc, vitamin E, magnesium and manganese, minerals very important in your sexual health. In fact, Adam and Eve are said to have worn fig leaves as their first ever clothes. Figs can be ordered honey fried, blue-cheese stuffed or bacon wrapped to evoke that sexy sentiment you will definitely need.

Sushi – If you can refrain from getting large sushi rolls, sushi is definitely good for any date. A sushi restaurant will offer an authentic and lively environment for the two of you to enjoy the gracefulness that comes from eating Japanese cuisine.

Oysters – Oysters scream the word “sexy” when they are served, a globally known and adored aphrodisiac. If you are worrying about miscommunication with your date, then oysters will do the trick.

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Chicken – If you want to be safe at the dinner table, chicken is the food to go for. It is always easy and lively to eat, hardly smelly and very lean. Apart from being very common and ordinary like anything vanilla, order chicken only if it is the chef’s special.

Risotto – To prepare risotto, the process is usually careful and slow. Many things could go wrong while cooking it but if you can get well done risotto, it will be a dish you will never forget, perhaps just like the man across the table.

Ice Cream – There is no way you can go wrong with ice cream; lick it richly and your date will definitely get the picture.

Shrimp or Seared Scallops – These sea creatures are slippery, fine, firm and sweet, easy to eat and have the flavor to spice the evening. If they are seared right, the crunch from the inside will behold your mouth with the buttery inside making it to melt, just like you might be hoping your male date will do.

The amount of energy we lose in summers is pretty more as compared to other seasons. A lot of people are not able to bear the consequences of heat. Drinking water is not enough. You need to maintain a healthy diet as well to fulfill the nutritional needs of your body. In summers you get ample of variety of fresh vegetables and fruits to eat. Including them in your diet helps you attain good amount of energy and maintain good health.

Technically speaking, a summer diet must include food items that are rich in water content, detoxifies your body, provides ample nutrition and maintain the normal body temperature. While you are wondering what all things you can cook to maintain a healthy summer cookout menu, we’ve got for you some recipes under different categories of food. Let’s take a look at them.

Tips for a Healthy Cookout

It is not easy to make healthy food choices in summers. Wherever you go, you will find a wide variety of creamy salads, hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, and kind of fatty and heavy food. These kinds of food can be difficult to digest in summers and might even add some extra inches to your waistline. Although it may not be easy to get healthy food options in social gatherings, but you can always plan out your own healthy summer cookout. Here are some recipes that you can include in your cookout menu.

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Barbecue Cookout 

Not talking about Barbeque while discussing menu for cookout will be injustice to this post. The recipe that we have selected is a very fresh and light dish. It contains a variety of exotic flavors including limes, chile and a splash of tequila. It is a perfect dish for a perfect summer afternoon retreat.

Margarita Chicken Recipe 

Ingredients

Fresh lime juice – 1/3 cup (4 lemons)
Olive oil – 1/4 cup
Tequila – 2 tablespoons
Fresh cilantro – 2 tablespoons (chopped)
Cloves garlic – 2 (mashed)
Chile powder – 1 teaspoon
Salt and pepper – As per the taste
Boneless, skinless chicken breast halves – 2 pounds (6-8)

Directions

1) Put all the ingredients, except chicken in a zip pouch. Toss the ingredients so they mix well together. Now add chicken, seal the bag and turn around to coat. Refrigerate the bag for approximately one hour.
2) Now take a grill pan or grill and coat it well. Heat the grill on a medium flame and cook the chicken for about 4-5 minutes. Flip the sides as and when necessary. You can put the cross marks on the chicken beast when cooking to let it cook better from inside.
3) Once both the sides are cooked, squeeze half a lemon over it and serve it with onion rings and mint sauce.

Salads at a Cookout 

Salads must be a major part of your meals in summers. It is good to take as much fresh vegetables as you can to fulfill the nutritional needs of your body. However, do not go for heavy creamy salads. It is advisable to opt for light and leafy green salad options over heavy potato cheesy ones. The recipe that we have included here contains lots of fresh vegetables that will make you feel rejuvenated and fresh from within.

Fresh Corn Salad

Ingredients

Cider vinegar- 1/2 cup
Sugar-1/4 – 1/3 cup
Kosher salt- 1 teaspoon
Coarsely ground black pepper- 1/2 teaspoon
Fresh corn- 4 ears
Red onion- 1/2 cup
Cucumber- 1/2 cup
Red or orange sweet pepper – 1/2 cup
Cherry or pear tomatoes – 1/2 cup
Parsley – 3 tablespoons
Basil leaves or buds – 1 tablespoon
Fresh jalapeno – 1 tablespoon
Sea salt or kosher salt – 1/2 teaspoon
Arugula leaves – 1 – 2 cups

Directions

1. To prepare the dressing, put vinegar, sugar, kosher salt, black pepper and sugar in a glass bowl. Whisk the ingredients until the sugar gets completely dissolved. Keep the dressing aside. for some time..
2. To prepare the salad cut corns and put them in a large glass bowl along with remaining vegetables. Toss them together well.
3. Now, pour the dressing over the salad and season it with � teaspoon sea salt.

Beverages!

Drinking enough fluid is a way to maintain a normal temperature of your body even in scorching heat. Fruit drinks are loaded with antioxidant properties that help detoxifying your body and keeps it cool. Prefer drinking non-alcoholic beverages for better health and immunity these summers. The recipe we have included in this category will act as a instant energy booster.

Blood Mary Shrimp Mocktail

Ingredients

Reduced-sodium V8 – 22 ounces
Horseradish – 1 teaspoon
Worcestershire sauce – 1 teaspoon
Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
Tabasco -10 dashes
Pepper- As per taste.
Ice cubes
Cooked shrimp – 4

Directions

1) Put all the ingredients in a large jug or a glass bowl and mix them well. Shake the ingredients to blend them well. Put the juice in a glass jar with a tight fitted lid and add some ice cubes to it.
2) While serving, fill the glasses with the juice and top it up with 2 shrimps.

Try out these recipes for your next healthy summer cookout and make your summer days refreshing and rejuvenating. Each and every ingredients used in these recipes have huge health benefits.