Any way you slice it, summer time is holiday time. Even if you don’t have official time off work, there is a feeling of taking life a little slower. Whether you consider yourself a camper, cottager or backyard patio enthusiast, the summer lends itself to lazy days – even if it is just on the weekend – and more time outside.
Summer time also brings with it a bounty of summer fruit and veggies that make eating healthy easy…or, so it would seem. We are also tempted by chip wagon fries, ice cream pit stops, backyard BBQs and cold beverages to sip on.
As a mom and nutritionist, I try to walk the fine line between living a little and still sticking to real food guidelines. We do tend to indulge a little more freely over the summer months, however I try to make sure we are eating colourful & balanced meals. One of my favourite quick and easy protein packed meals is my tasty chickpea salad. Did you know that chickpeas contain about 39 grams of protein per cup? That is a huge amount a protein from such a small legume. They are also an excellent source of fibre.
Protein Packed Chickpea Salad
1 can chickpeas, rinsed & drained
3 stalks celery, diced
1 of each – red & orange peppers, diced
1 whole cucumber, diced
1/4 c lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
Combine the chickpeas and veggies in a bowl. In a small jar, add lemon juice, sea salt, garlic and olive oil. Put a lid on the jar and give it a quick shake. Drizzle over salad and enjoy! You can also switch up the recipe a little bit by adding fresh cilantro to the salad. Cilantro is delicious and aids in cleansing the body, is high in antioxidants and may help regulate blood sugar levels.
Wishing you a summer full of adventure!
Amy Sonnenberg is a Nutritionist located in the Clock Tower Wellness Centre. Specializing in family nutrition & passionate about bringing the family back into the kitchen and around the dinner table. Visit her at www.DesignedForYouNutrition.com or call 519-503-7926 for more information.