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Delicious Summer Recipes Plus a Giveaway! (Closed)

  • July 24, 2013
  • By Brittany
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Delicious Summer Recipes Plus a Giveaway! (Closed)

Happy Blogiversary Week!  I’ve got a great giveaway for you guys today and I can’t wait to share it with you!  Please read on!

One assumption people make when they hear that I’m a healthy living blogger is that I must eat kale three times a day and snack on air crackers.  Well, I do like kale but I also love to eat!  Truly I do.  I would not have the energy to do half of the activities I do if I did not fill myself with healthy, nutrient rich food.  But if you know me at all, you also know I love to indulge.  I try to strike a balance (hence the name My Own Balance) and I do this by eating good foods most of the time, splurging sometimes and finding substitutes for the things I love!  Recently I’ve been making some really great recipes and I wanted to share them with you.

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First up, every day last week I brought this amazing summer salad with me for lunch.  It was so delicious and packed with nutrient rich fruits and veggies.  Not only was it good for me but every bite was like a little slice of summer packed onto my fork.  Check out the recipe!

Summer Berry Salad

One of my favorite sayings, guacamole can actually be good for you because avocados are full of what is called “good fat”, which helps you absorb nutrients contained in fruits and veggies, like in the salad above.  The problem with guacamole comes in when you add things like mayo or cream to get that creamy texture.  I recommend using very ripe avocados to achieve that creamy texture and leaving the additives out.

Holy guacamole 1

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I make a lot of salads and salsas to accompany my proteins because they are so fresh and healthy.  This Tomato and Corn Salad I made with the bounties of our trip the farm stand in North Fork.  I added some jalapeno olive oil for a little spice!

Tomato Corn Salad Recipe 2

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Another salad I’ve been enjoying this summer is a fresh watermelon and feta salad.  It just screams summer and it’s perfect when you need something to bring to bbqs!

Feta and Watermelon Salad 2

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It’s no secret that I love a good cocktail as much as the next girl and I’m a huge fan of Skinnygirl cocktails because they offer a low calorie alternative to some of my favorite cocktails.  I whipped up this cocktail recently after seeing it on the Skinnygirl website!

Skinnygirl Suntan

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Finally, the giveaway.  I know this is what you’ve been waiting for!  I love cooking and to me, life is not complete without good food.  I want to help you prepare good food at home so today I’m raffling off a $25 gift card to Williams Sonoma to pimp up your kitchen and inspire you to get in there and whip up something good!  You have until July 31st to enter.  Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

* Note- This post is not sponsored by Williams Sonoma, Skinnygirl or any other brand.  I just really like those brands!

** This giveaway is open to US residents only.

By Brittany, July 24, 2013
0 Comments
  • PB
    July 24, 2013

    A summer favorite of mine is fish cooked in a parchment packet (a fairly well-know method). Simply take a piece of your favorite fish put it in parchment paper with some seasonal veggies, lemon and garlic then pop into the oven! Easy, no mess, and only takes about 15-20 minutes. Super healthy too! Your tomato and corn salad would make a great topper for fish prepared this way. Yummmmm…

  • Kim @ Fabulous Fit Foodie
    July 24, 2013

    I wish I was creative enough to make up my own healthy versions of my favorite unhealthy dishes! Right now, my favorite healthy cooking meals are Emily Bites dinner cupcakes. The taco ones are my husband’s current fave! Good luck with your first giveaway 🙂

  • Meg
    July 24, 2013

    Oh goodness, that guac looks amazing! Have to try it! I have never made my own before!

  • Jen
    July 24, 2013

    These sounds great! I love making recipes heathy be cutting down fats and ugars 🙂

  • Kim @ Racing Bananas
    July 24, 2013

    I love grilling veggies with marinated chicken. Yum!

  • Sara @ Fit.Fun,Femme
    July 24, 2013

    These recipes look amazing – I especially want to try the watermelon feta salad. So simple and so juicy! We’re moving into our new house this weekend so a W&S gift card would be awesome! Happy Blogiversary!

  • Paige@FitNotFad
    July 24, 2013

    Every single recipe you put up looks awesome! I like to add Greek yogurt to my guac to give it that creamy texture and add a little protein 🙂

  • jodi
    July 24, 2013

    all these recipes are making me hungry! they sound so good.

  • Elizabeth
    July 24, 2013

    I love to make these “vegan brownies” and also homemade granola bars – yum! I do try to makeover some recipes, but…. some things just can’t be messed with 🙂

  • Kimberly {Manifest Yourself}
    July 24, 2013

    I’ve seen so many recipes for watermelon salad this summer…but I haven’t tried one yet! I’ve also never had feta, so maybe this is the one for me to try and experiment.

    • FitBritt
      July 24, 2013

      Oh definitely! Watermelon is so fresh and delicious this time of year. I love feta! You should give it a try but only a little bit because it’s pretty strong.

  • Leslee @ Her Happy Balance
    July 24, 2013

    I like to make both healthy and unhealthy recipes, haha! I most recently made a salsa verde that came out really well 🙂 And i’m thinking about purchasing a spiralizer to start making zucchini spaghetti!

  • Khadine
    July 24, 2013

    I love eating chickpea salad right after a work out! After eating it I always feel full and energized.

    Chickpea Salad: In a large mixing bowl combine 1- 14oz. can of Chickpeas, 1/2 of a red apple (diced), 1/2 of a small red onion & 1 can of drained tuna fish in water. Pour in 1 table spoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add salt & pepper to taste, stir the ingredients together and serve chilled.

  • Erin Kenny
    July 24, 2013

    Nothing better than fresh guac! That’s one of my favorite things to make in the summer- only with fresh ingredients though!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    July 24, 2013

    I love all of those healthy summer salads, yum! Guacamole is one of my favorite foods too.
    I’m always trying to make dessert healthy to satisfy my major sweet tooth!

    • FitBritt
      July 24, 2013

      I am so bad at making desserts. I am not the best baker. I’ll have to hit you up for some healthy recipes!

  • Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com
    July 24, 2013

    THose recipes looks delish! I have yet to try the Skinny Girl Cocktails but really need to!!!

  • Sarah @ A Refining Adventure
    July 24, 2013

    Ooo..I love all these recipes you shared! One of my favorite “healthy remakes” is the banana bread I make. A few simple substitutions makes all the difference.

  • Nicole
    July 24, 2013

    YUM to all of the above recipes! I love tomato/corn salsa too.

  • Holly
    July 24, 2013

    Love the Skinny Girl–put some fresh fruit in for your own sangria. Also, what is better than roasted corn salad all with fresh ingredients during the summer.

  • Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
    July 25, 2013

    Love your salad recipes! Those are some of my favorites to make.

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities
    July 25, 2013

    Mmmmm! Summer Salads! I am sad to admit that I really haven’t enjoyed a GOOD summer feast yet this season! 🙁

  • Rebecca P.
    July 25, 2013

    I love making healthy dinner bowls. Just throw in either a grain, or starch (like sweet potato or squash),add a protein, greens, and add spices, vinegar, or whatever toppings!

  • Nikki
    July 25, 2013

    I go bananas for banana bread

  • Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    July 25, 2013

    These all look amazingly refreshing- that tomato and corn salad looks especially delicious! and i’m going to have to try that guac recipe! i used to make it with mayo, but then i found a barefoot contessa recipe that was just straight up avocado and it was delicious, but i love the addition of mango and jalapeno!! i might throw in a little cilantro (because i am obsessed with cilantro, and want it in everything) and call it a meal 🙂

    • FitBritt
      July 25, 2013

      Oh cilantro-good call on that! 🙂 I’ll have to look up the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe. My sister-in-law loves her!

  • Nicole
    July 25, 2013

    Those salads look so good! I will definitely be trying them before fall comes! I love grilled veggies and fruit in the summer. My husband and I make kabobs all the time in the summer because there are so many different options and we can each make our own with what we like.

    • FitBritt
      July 25, 2013

      Oh kabobs are good! We hardly ever make them because we don’t have a grill and it doesn’t work great in a grill pan!

  • Alicen
    July 25, 2013

    I love the idea of putting mango in guacamole! That totally gives it a new, sweet dimension I’ve never even thought of. Yum!

  • Yolanda
    July 26, 2013

    Love Guacamole! It’s my favourite.

  • Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More
    July 26, 2013

    I make a great, healthy Greek lasagna!

  • Amanda
    July 28, 2013

    I love making different salads and healthy omelets! Also trying to healthify different desserts is fun too!

  • manda
    July 29, 2013

    I like plenty of fresh veggies on the grill.

  • Sun
    July 30, 2013

    I love all of your salad recipes! The tomato and corn one looks especially delicious 🙂

  • kolpin
    July 30, 2013

    i love to make hummus, anything with fish and chicken esp with a tropical fruity twist!

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