Welcome to Summer

Hey guys,

Today is part 2 of my 4 part summer series on healthy summer recipes. I am excited to talk about the energetics of food and how the summer season contributes to our health with warmth, strong bellies, powerful heart energy and fire. As a Christian, I know that God created everything intentionally. So when it comes to the way we care for our bodies, we must do the same thing. Be intentional! Summer is a great time to focus on our health, because you don't get healthy, accidentally!

So today we are going to talk about what your body needs to thrive during these hot summer months, but  also what keeps you supported into fall and the coming year.

Summer is the season filled with abundant energy, long days, and lots of sunshine. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine summer is ruled by the element Fire. Fire is a time of heat. A time for the out going to get going, and for the not-so outgoing to begin to come out of their shells in nature and in their lives.

Some tips to help maintain Summer Health are:
Wake up earlier
Nap in the afternoon
Go to bed later
Stay hydrated
Add pungent flavors to your meals
Avoid anger, try to keep calm and even-tempered

Some foods that support you during summer are foods that help to keep you cool. Heat has a tendency to increase dryness, and amplify illness. So staying hydrated and adding moisture to the body during summer helps to keep us healthy. Try to avoid foods that are heavy, and fried. Also avoid dairy, cow’s milk products and other foods that cause congestion. 

For the emotions, summer can mean a lot of different things. For many summer is a time of Joy, passionate conversation, and growth. It can also be a time where people have conflicting emotions when combined with their more introverted personalities. 

Herbs, essential oils, and spices for summer health:
Cloves
Lavender
Citronella
Eucalyptus
Peppermint
Chamomile
Tea Tree
Rosemary


Today I want to share one of my favorite dishes with you and show you how easy it is to make.  I recommend making the dressing, and marinated feta first. You can put your salad together while the Salmon is cooking.

Rosemary Salmon Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Marinated Feta

Marinated Feta
1 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
2 Tbsp. organic olive oil
3-4 grindings of black pepper
1/2 Tsp. Virtuous Living himalayan pink salt
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 lb. feta cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 lb. cherry tomatoes, washed & dried
4 rosemary sprigs

In a bowl, add feta, olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and minced rosemary. 
Set aside, or in the refrigerator.

Rosemary Salmon
1 large Fillet of Salmon
10-12 sprigs of Rosemary
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp. Virtuous Living Love Spice
cracked black pepper
1 whole lemon, sliced

Instructions:
Pre-heat oven to 350*
Place salmon fillet on top of sliced lemons on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure the fish has been blotted with a damp wash cloth to remove excess moisture. Be sure that all bones, unwanted skin and excess fat have been removed.

Using a culinary brush, brush on the olive oil, and season with Virtuous Living’s Love seasoning blend, add black pepper. Finally place your rosemary sprigs on a diagonal across the top of your salmon. Drizzle remaining olive oil over the rosemary.

Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until Salmon is cooked through, and juices run clear. Do not over cook. Remove and allow to rest. Plate atop salad and serve.


Summer Salad
Mixed greens
Cucumbers
Red and yellow bell peppers
Marinated feta (see recipe)
Cherry tomatoes

Chop all ingredients and place in a beautiful salad bowl.


Nichole’s Famous Rosemary Vinaigrette
• 6 1/3 tbsp Olive oil
• 3 tbsp Maple syrup, real
• 2 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced very fine or 3/4 tsp dried, crushed
• 1/8 tsp Black pepper, freshly ground
• 1/2 tsp Virtuous Living himalayan pink salt
• 1 cup Meyer lemon, or regular lemon, freshly squeezed
• 3 tbsp Shallots
• 1 tbsp Thyme, fresh
• 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
• 1/3 cup Honey

Instructions

Whisk all ingredients together until emulsified, and store in an airtight container. This dressing will stay fresh up to 1 week in your refrigerator.

I hope you get to enjoy this recipe with the ones you love!

XO,

Nichole~