BEACH PICNIC, 3 EASY HEALTHY RECIPES YOU CAN BRING TO THE BEACH

We LOVE to eat but we are very careful to select nutritionally dense foods that provide us energy! On a beach adventure away from resorts and trendy cafes we pack a healthy lunch. Here are our favorite home made on-the-go recipes that require no utensils and are easy to make. As often as we can, we choose organic produce and humanely raised meats.

Sunshine juice:
Our must-have thirst quencher!
Filtered water, ice and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Use 1/2 a lemon per glass of water. Add a sprig of mint for color and flavor too. Drink this throughout the day, especially in-between meals. It’s refreshing and a great cleanser for your body. The benefits of lemons are that they full of Vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, B-complex and magnesium and the pectin is said to curb hunger cravings! Plus lemon juice freshens your breath and helps digestion by detoxing your system with its antioxidant power.
Smoothies: Beach Berry Bliss
We love a morning smoothie to start the day fresh and healthy, giving our bodies the antioxidants and vitamins it needs to thrive. Get out your blender to whip up our Beach Berry Bliss!
Recipe:
1 cup frozen mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries)
1 sliced banana
2 cups apple juice (no sugar added)
Add 1 t. chia seeds for an additional nutritional boost.
 
Cilantro-Pesto Roasted Shrimp Sandwiches
Pesto is so delicious and easy to make fresh. Slather it on thick crusty bread with grilled shrimp and thinly sliced fresh red bell peppers with mixed greens.
Homemade pesto is THE BEST!
Recipe:
In a food processor add the following:
Three large handfuls of freshly washed cilantro leaves with stems removed, a handful of pine nuts (or walnuts) and a handful of grated Parmesan cheese. With the food processor running, slowly pour in 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Purée until smooth. Of course you could use basil leaves instead to make traditional pesto. To grill the shrimp: prepare shrimp by cleaning them. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and toss cleaned shrimp in a little olive oil and sea salt & pepper. Spread out on baking sheet and roast about 5 minutes on each side. They cook fast so watch them closely. We like ours slightly charred on the edges. Toss the warm shrimp with the cilantro pesto and make your sandwiches (or wraps).
Nut balls:
These little unprocessed treats are packed full of protein! Sometimes we eat them for breakfast, popping the bite sized morsels into our mouths while we drive to the beach because they are so good we can’t wait to eat them. They are a delicious and nutritious afternoon snack as well.
Recipe:
In a large bowl combine the following ingredients, mix well and then using wet hands, roll into bite size morsels: 1/2 cup nut butter (we use peanut or almond butter), 1/3 cup of honey, 1 cup of oats, a handful of dark chocolate chips, a teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract, a handful of flaked coconut, 3 tablespoons of ground flax seed, a handful of finely chopped nuts like sunflower seeds, pistachios or walnuts. Sometimes we make them with dates instead of nut butter and because dates are super sweet, omit the honey. We blend our date balls in a food processor. Play round with different ingredients you have on hand, especially dried fruits like apricots, cranberries or raisins and chia or hemp seeds. If your ball batter ever seems a bit dry just add a little water. The possibilities are endless and they remind us of eating cookie dough, but they are totally good for you. YUM! Enjoy! (Vegetarian and Gluten Free)
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