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Cool, Healthy Food Beats The Heat

While it’s tempting to pick up store-bought coleslaw, potato salad, or fried chicken, those foods are generally pre-packaged and full of sodium and fat. There are some fresh fruits and some vegetables that can do the trick to satisfy a Summer picnic. They are vitamin-enriched and refreshing, convenient enough to bring to the beach or any BBQ. Cool summer salads with added fruit can also cool down your body temperature and keep you hydrated. Enjoy! 

Wild Honey-Lime Chicken & Strawberry Salad
Makes 1 serving


1 lb (450g) chicken breast, cut into 3/4-inch (2cm) pieces
1 tablespoon (15ml) coconut oil
1/2 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon (15ml) honey
6 strawberries, sliced
1/2 avocado, diced
1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped
4 cups (600g) Romaine lettuce, shredded


1. Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped chicken and sauté until chicken is nearly cooked, about 10 minutes.
2. Add lime juice and honey to pan. Stir to coat chicken.
3. Cover pan. Lower heat to medium, and let the chicken finish cooking, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
4. In a separate bowl, add salad ingredients and toss. Place chicken over salad greens, drizzle with strawberry-lime dressing.

Strawberry-Lime Dressing
Makes 2 servings


1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
6 strawberries
1 tablespoon (15ml) lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Salt to taste


Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle over salad or place on the bottom of a glass mason jar add salad on top and shake when ready to eat.


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