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A GIRL’S GOTTA EAT:
YUMMY FOOD TO POWER YOU THROUGH LONG SUMMER DAYS

Summer is our favorite time of year–the days are longer, the weather is better and we can spend our days doing what we actually want (instead of being stuck at school).  But when the weather turns crazy hot and pools and beaches beckon, the last thing we want to do is to is spend a bunch of time in the kitchen trying to concoct a meal. Still, a girl’s gotta eat.

So we’re sharing a couple meal ideas that are substantial enough to fuel an afternoon of running around, but don’t require much time in the kitchen.

First up is our own go-to delight, which can be eaten as breakfast, lunch or a snack. We love it because it tastes like dessert, but is good for our brains and bodies, and keeps us full for hours:

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Our second summer recipe comes from Pam McElroy–a San Francisco-based caterer and editor of The Green Teen Cookbook, who says, “this is one of my favorite nutrient-packed snacks when I’m on the go.”

The Green Teen Cookbook

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Bon Appetit!

Serves 1 1 slice whole-wheat bread, pita, or English muffin, toasted 1/2 small avocado (1/4 large) 3-4 spears of asparagus
1 teaspoon olive oil 1/2 lemon Salt and pepper to taste Preheat the over to 350F. Break off the woody ends of the asparagus and discard. Toss the remaining asparagus in juice from the 1/2 lemon and olive oil. Bake for about 10 minutes (or until tender). If you like your asparagus a bit charred, you can broil instead (just make sure you don’t burn!). Remove from the oven and chop into bite-size pieces. Meanwhile, spread the avocado over the toast. Top with the chopped asparagus, and zest from the 1/2 lemon. Add salt and pepper to taste. First, decide whether you want to go for dark or semi-sweet chocolate. If dark, stir coconut nectar into greek yogurt. If you want a sweeter taste, stir in Nocciolata,which is a tastier version of Nutella. Next, mix in your favorite fruit (we love berries, apples, golden raisins or peaches), nuts (we like raw sliced almonds or chopped walnuts) and cacao nibs and enjoy. The yogurt contain probiotics and the berries and cacao are packed with antioxidants–all of which are great for your body and skin; the nuts add protein and healthy fat; the nocciolata and coconut nectar.Coconut Nectar doesn’t taste like coconut—the flavor is more like a syrup. We like it because it contains 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamins B and C and is glycemically low, which means it doesn’t make blood sugar levels spike, like many other sweeteners.First, decide whether you want to go for dark or semi-sweet chocolate. If dark, stir coconut nectar into greek yogurt. If you want a sweeter taste, stir in Nocciolata, which is a not-so-processed alternative to Nutella. Next, mix in your favorite fruit (we love berries, apples, golden raisins or peaches), nuts (we like raw sliced almonds or chopped walnuts) and cacao nibs (if you used coconut nectar as a sweetener and want a dark-chocolate taste) and enjoy. The yogurt contain probiotics and the berries and cacao are packed with antioxidants–all of which are great for your body and skin; the nuts add protein and healthy fat; the Nocciolata and coconut nectar add a touch of sweetness.    Coconut Nectar doesn’t taste like coconut; the flavor is more like a syrup. It contains 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamins B and C and is glycemically low, which means it doesn’t make blood sugar levels spike, like many other sweeteners.
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