Hey there, Christine from Lattes, Life & Luggage again. You guys, this heat is killing me. I was just talking to my friend the other day that if it doesn’t let up, I’m moving to Alaska. This northerner was not meant for 100 degree days. I’ll take negative 20 over scalding heat any day. With these super hot days comes a lack of desire to cook. I don’t want to heat up the kitchen and I sure don’t want to stand on my feet for an hour to do anything. Satisfying salads become the go-to solution like this Grilled Tomato and Power Greens Salad.

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I’m having a thing with grilled fruit and veggies this summer. I’ve recently discovered it and now I can’t stop. Have you ever had grilled tomatoes? They’re like the best thing since roasted tomatoes. I say “the best thing since” because roasted tomatoes don’t get that charred, grill flavor like grilled tomatoes get. And it’s not that difficult to grill them either. It seems hard because they can be really fleshy with too many seeds but I have a trick for you today. Before heating the grill, take out one of the grates. Wrap it firmly with tin foil and poke holes randomly in the foil. This will allow your tomatoes to get that grilled effect without slipping through the grates.

Roasted Tomato & Super Green Salad 3.0

I don’t need a ton of stuff in my salads, even though that’s also fantastic. This one in particular just has a few extra veggies, bacon and cheese. Bacon adds a nice salty flavor to anything, especially in salads. For some reason though, the mix of flavors from the bacon, tomatoes, goat cheese and balsamic made this salad freaking phenomenal. It practically had me licking my plate when I was done. I like to get the Power Greens by OrganicGirl because they’re ready to serve and I don’t have to do any extra work. If you want or need to assemble them yourself though, just mix together equal portions of red and green chard, bok choy and arugula. You’ll be set to go. See the full recipe below:

Roasted Tomato & Super Green Salad 4.0

GRILLED TOMATO & POWER GREENS SALAD
Ingredients:
5 ounce package of OrganicGirl Super Greens OR a mix of Red  & Green Chard, Bok Choy and Arugula
2 large Heirloom Tomatoes, halved and then sliced into four wedges
4 ounces Goat Cheese Crumbles
1/2 lb. Bacon, cooked and chopped
2 Carrots, shredded
1/2 cup Radishes, sliced thin
2 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Your choice of dressing (I used a Balsamic Vinaigrette)

Directions:
1. Preheat the grill to medium-low heat and spray with cooking spray or brush with olive oil.

2. Brush the tomatoes with olive oil, season with salt and pepper then carefully place one of the fleshy sides on the grill (see note in intro for tips on grilling tomatoes). Turn to the other flesh side after about 2 minutes and let cook 2-3 minutes longer. Remove from the grill to a plate.

Roasted Tomato & Super Green Salad 2.0

3. Arrange your salad. Split the greens between two large bowls or plates. Top with bacon, carrots, radishes, goat cheese and grilled tomatoes. Drizzle your choice of dressing over the salad. I prefer a balsamic vinaigrette.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 4-5 minutes
Total Time: 19-20 minutes
Yields 2 servings

Roasted Tomato & Super Green Salad 5.0This is a delicious summertime meal. It’s great as a large salad for lunch or dinner but you can also serve it in smaller portions as a side dish or appetizer.

What are some of your favorite light, summer meals?

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Its HOT in Texas Ya’ll! And no… that’s not me complaining. I like it hot! But that’s because I’ve got some Hot Tips for Staying Cool! And I still get enjoy the great outdoors 🙂

Its the middle of the summer and it is HOT! SO here are some Hot Tips for Staying Cool - BusyBeingJennifer.com

Eat small meals and eat more often. The larger the meal, the more metabolic heat your body creates breaking down the food. Avoid foods that are high in protein, which increase metabolic heat.

Cold-ish Showers. Yep. Not quite COLD showers. While a cold shower probably sounds a little better, your body generates heat afterwards to compensate for the heat loss. So Tepid it is! 

Hydrate!! Drink ALL the Water. All the Time 🙂 Cute water bottles go a long way to making drinking all that water a little easier 🙂

Cute and Practical Water Bottles! Stay Hydrated! - BusyBeingJennifer.com

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Stick your sheets in a plastic bag and then into the fridge for a couple hours 🙂 As we fall asleep our body temperature lowers, which is why it’s difficult to sleep in hot weather. Cold sheets straight from the fridge will hep you fall asleep faster and hopefully sleep better 🙂

Wear light weight, light colored, loose fitting clothes. I love summery outfits like this 🙂

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A light and flowy shirt, paired with white skinnies and fun sandals.
A great look for going out with the girls, shopping or date night!

So there you have it! Simple, but practical! And if you put these tips for staying cool into play, you MIGHT just make it through the rest of the summer without turning into a puddle of goo! At least I hope you can make it through the rest of the summer with out turning into a pile of goo! Piles of people goo is bad!

What are your favorite tips for staying cool in the summer?

Being a self employed Do-er of ALL thing things, keeping healthy snacks on hand and ready to munch on has be come pretty essential to daily survival. Yes, SURVIVAL! I tend to get so wrapped up in my work that I forget to eat. Or I just plain don’t have time to stop. So on the weekends, I like to get a little bit ahead and make up a batch of these YUMMY Nutty Chocolate No Bake Energy Bites!!

Nutty Chocolate No Bake Energy Bites - BusyBeingJennifer.com

Nutty Chocolate No Bake Energy Bites Ingredients

1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp. water
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I buy organic)
1/2 cup cashews

Nutty Chocolate No Bake Energy Bites - BusyBeingJennifer.com

Nutty Chocolate No Bake Energy Bites Instructions

  1. In your food processor, pulse 1/2 of the cashews until medium ground and set aside.
  2. Next, add peanut butter, cocoa powder, protein powder, chocolate chips and the remaining 1/2 of the cashews. Pulse together until well blended.
  3. In a medium bowl, add oats and mixture from food processor until ready to form into balls.
  4. Add water as needed.
  5. Form into balls keep refrigerated until you are ready to eat.

Yields about 12 bite sized Nutty Chocolate No Bake Energy Bites.

Nutty Chocolate No Bake Energy Bites - BusyBeingJennifer.com

Nutty Chocolate No Bake Energy Bites - BusyBeingJennifer.com

These also freeze well! So if you’re in the mood to double or triple the recipe and stick some in the freezer, go for it! When I freeze them I use a freezer friendly plastic container and separate the “layers” with a piece of wax paper. And when you’re ready eat them, just let them defrost for 30 minutes or so and you’re good to go!

These Nutty Chocolate No Bake Energy Bites are the perfect amount of nutty to chocolate to crunchy with a touch of sweet and salty! They’re a definite crowd-pleaser and have yet to fail to give me the energy I need to bust through a project or to make it to dinner when I’m starving! 🙂

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