Simple pleasures are what summer is all about — and delicious summer recipes are at the top of the list!
Here at HHA, we’re lucky that our resident nutritionist, Joe DelGiodice, is committed to keeping us healthy, inspired, and eating well through every season. Summer’s arrival is the perfect time to share some of Joe’s favorite seasonal dishes, and take advantage of the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies!
It’s also worth a reminder that the food you eat has a direct impact on your mood, mental state, and energy levels. That’s why each recipe below contains superfoods and nourishing compounds to help you feel your best and enjoy summer to the fullest.
Superfood Summer Smoothie
Between hotter temperatures and the fact that we’re more active in the summer, sweating causes us to lose important minerals. Replenishing those electrolytes is the key to staying healthy and hydrated, and this smoothie from our resident nutritionist Joe DelGiodice does just that!
In fact, Joe calls this smoothie “liquid goodness.” More than just delicious, it contains a full spectrum of amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids.
Cactus water (helps support the function of the kidneys and adrenals)
Miracle Reds Macro Greens powder (full of alkalizing superfoods and veggies)
E3 Live organic blue-green algae (contains over 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids)
Banana (great source of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C)
Blueberries (packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids)
Irish sea moss powder (rich in silica and helps support the process of cleansing via the intestines and liver)
Cinnamon (antioxidant properties)
Flora Udo's 3-6-9 DHA oil (helps support the brain and liver)
Sprouted watermelon seeds (full of vitamin C, antioxidants, and magnesium)
Simply add all ingredients to the blender and enjoy! You can learn more about the health benefits of this smoothie in this video from Joe’s YouTube channel.
Joe’s Famous Tabbouleh Summer Salad
This cooling and flavorful tabbouleh salad is packed with antioxidants. Because free radical activity ramps up in the heat, antioxidants are especially vital to our wellbeing in the summer, helping to maintain the health of our cells and boost our immune system.
2 Tablespoons hemp seeds
Extra-virgin organic olive oil
Start with a mix of ⅔ parsley and ⅓ mint leaf. Add the rest of the ingredients and any other toppings you’d like (such as a sprinkle of sea salt). Watch Joe’s YouTube video here.
Organic Summer Fruit Salad
This simple organic salad celebrates the fresh and colorful fruits of summer while keeping you hydrated.
Mint leaves (a potent source of antioxidants and vitamin A)
Cube each piece of fruit and mix in a bowl; top with mint leaves. Watch Joe’s YouTube video here.
It may not be August yet, but this ultra-light salad is perfect for keeping you refreshed in humid weather!
Freshly squeezed orange
Sprouted sunflower seeds
Pink volcanic sea salt
Mix ingredients in a bowl and enjoy. Watch Joe’s YouTube video here.
Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Who said chili is just for sweater weather? HHA founder Beth O’Boyle is sharing this recipe from the God’s Love We Deliver newsletter, and her timing is perfect. Summer is all about the element of fire, and hot and spicy foods are an incredible way to energetically nourish the fire element and increase blood flow.
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
2 jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground turkey, white or dark meat
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid (Beth uses fire roasted)
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
1 cup water
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. sea salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
*Beth also adds 1 red or yellow bell pepper (cored, seeded, and chopped) and 1 (15
oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion, bell peppers, jalapeno, and
garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add turkey and cook until browned. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and add beans. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes more. Ladle chili into bowls and serve (serves 6).
Recipe courtesy of Whole Foods Market and the God’s Love We Deliver newsletter. For more information about God’s Love We Deliver, a wonderful organization distributing nutritious, healthy meals at no charge to those living with serious illness, visit www.glwd.org.
Unlock the benefits of a nutrient-rich diet
No matter the season, eating a nutrient-rich diet is one of the best things you can do for your health, mental state, mood, and energy levels.
Even better, you don’t have to do it alone — Joe has decades of experience creating personalized nutrition plans for clients from all walks of life, drawing on his in-depth knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine and naturopathy.
If you’re interested in booking a consultation or want to learn more, he can be reached at 201-653-7700 ext. 3. To stay inspired, you can also subscribe to his wonderful YouTube channel (@supernaturalhealth).
Hannah Chenoweth is a Hoboken-based conference producer and freelance writer who enjoys covering all aspects of health and wellness.