Summertime and the Living is Easy, By Jackie Simmons

grilled foods“It’s summertime and the living is easy – Fish are jumping and the cotton is high – Your daddy’s rich and your mama’s good looking – Hush, little baby don’t you cry….”  These are the lyrics of the song I remember Billy Stewart sang when I was growing up.

Well, at our house at least the first line is true: “Summertime and the living is easy.” The food that we put on our table is light and fresh and easy to prepare.

Setting up the grill and eating foods like grilled vegetables, fish, chicken, kebobs and salads make it so easy to eat a rainbow of brightly colored fruits and vegetables when it’s too hot to cook on the stove.  Just think about those red tomatoes fresh out the garden or having a tall glass of ice tea on a hot day.

What about a thick slice of cold watermelon and the smell of food sizzling on the grill?  Food off the grill seems to smell and taste better.  What about walking to the Farmer’s Market to get those fresh summer peaches and plums?  I just love to see all the pretty colors in the market, including the yellow squash and the leafy green vegetables.  If you don’t like eating these types of fruits and vegetables, make a healthy smoothie out of them.

Here is one of my favorite recipes:

  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
  • ½ cup berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries) or pineapples
  • 1 cup fresh spinach or kale
  • 1- 2 tbsp. flax seeds
  • 6 – 8 oz.  almond milk

It is important to take extra time in the warm summer months to appreciate the beautiful things that God has created around us.  Just think, in just six short weeks the days will shorten, the temperatures will cool off and we will be putting the coats back on, making soup.  But for now, enjoy your long, warm days.  Walk outside during the cooler part of the day and get some natural vitamin D.  Spend time with loved ones in the pool cooling off from a long day at work.  This is what summer balanced living is all about.

Summer begins on Saturday, June 21, 2014, and ends on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

What’s your favorite thing about summer?

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