You want to look your best this summer, but eating healthy can be such a challenge, right? After all, not everyone has time to prepare fresh meals. Believe it or not, eating fresh, good food this summer is easier than you think. Check out these three simple, healthy, and perfect-for-summer recipes, and if you’re running out of time to make a good dinner, be sure to stop by your nearest Macayo’s for some great summer tacos!
Tacos are a summer staple; they’re simple, customizable, and delicious. Plus, by substituting the ground beef with chicken and topping with fresh ingredients, you’re trying a light version of this favorite.
Start by placing a few whole, boneless and skinless chicken breasts into a crock pot on low heat. Pour a little bit of your favorite fresh salsa over the chicken, and sprinkle with some taco seasonings of your choice (smoked paprika, red pepper, etc.).
Let cook for at least six hours and shred the chicken with a fork when it’s done. Serve up on whole wheat tortillas with fresh chopped lettuce, green onion, jalepeño, and tomatoes. Super flavorful and healthy!
Simple Summer Smoothie
What better way to cool off on a hot summer day than with a freshly-made smoothie? This smoothie is jam-packed with vegetables, but doesn’t taste like it at all! Here’s what you’ll need to whip up one of these amazing smoothies:
- one very ripe banana (for sweetness without added sugar)
- a quarter cup of almond milk
- a cup of fresh chopped pineapple
- a peach, sliced and peeled
- a half cup of Greek yogurt
- a cup or two of fresh spinach
Start by blending the banana and milk together until smooth, then add the fruit and yogurt. Once blended, add the spinach in last. Enjoy! You can also add other fruits and veggies to this smoothie, depending on your taste (blueberries and kale are a great addition, if you ask us).
Colorful Fiesta Salad
Finally, if you’re looking for healthy Mexican recipes made easy, this salad is the perfect choice. This kale salad incorporates plenty of fresh, colorful, and delicious ingredients. This recipe serves six, so it’s great for a family meal or to whip up for entertaining. Here’s what you’ll need:
- four cups of fresh kale, chopped
- a cup of black beans, soaked overnight
- a cup of fresh summer corn
- two bell peppers (your choice), chopped
- a half of an avocado, chopped
- one tomato, chopped
- half a red onion, chopped
- chopped cilantro, to taste
Toss all the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Now, it’s time to make the dressing. You’ll need:
- a half of an avocado
- a half cup of warm water
- a teaspoon of cumin
- juice of half a lime
- salt and pepper to taste
Mix all dressing ingredients together, then pour over your salad and mix well. This delicious salad will leave you amazed and wanting more.
For a fresh take on the Fiesta Salad, be sure to stop by your closest Macayo’s. We believe in fresh food, everyday, and we love sharing that with you, our family!