Looking for light option in the summer

It has been really hot and humid these last couple weeks….for most attending your fitness class, going for a run, shaking it at Zumba has not been as regular and eating the standard BBQ fare is starting to show in the waistline.

Here is a couple of alternative recipes

Edemame Hummus is a tasty alternative to chickpeas hummus.  Gives you  a snack that is  high in protein, healthy , taste great (sometimes I add a little  wasabi to give it a kick) and you can dip your favorite vegetables to get that crunch.

Edamame…some of you may be asking yourself what are they?….they are soya bean pods, readily available at Japanese restaurants.  A great alternatives to chips… a couple of minutes in the microwave  I add  some sea salt, toasted sesame seeds and a splash of sesame oil and they are perfect..satisfies the crunch and a little salt fix.  You can find these at most grocery stores, or Asian store (TNT) or even at Costco in freezer in portion size packets.

Tired of burgers…try Paradise Island Bean Burger in Clean Eating recipe book.  I love these so much I sometimes eat them without any toppings….sometime I will use a little olive oil mayo with some chipolte spice added to it and their just perfect.  If you were at my summer BBQ…I made them on whole grain slider buns…and everyone loved them.  All summer I have been being asked for the recipe….give them a try and let me know what you put on them.

 Paradise Island Bean Burger

1 cup of cooked brown rice

a cup or can 240ml of Black Beans (rinsed really well to remove excess salt, drained and mashed)

clove of garlic (through a garlic press or chopped really fine)

2 tablespoons of sweet potatoes

2 tablespoon of leeks ( I use green onion)

1/2 teaspoon of each Oregano, basil

1/4 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of Chili powder

1 tablespoons olive oil

4 whole grain buns or Ezekiel buns

Mix all ingredients together except olive oil and buns in a large bowl.  Coat hands with olive oil to mix, divide  mixture in 4 parts and shape patties.  Cook on a heated BBQ  coat lightly with oil and  cook 5 minutes per  side or until patties are golden brown.

Hope you enjoy these recipes…and feel free to add stuff and make them your own.

Giselle Bergeron-Raganold



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~ by ellefitness on August 3, 2011.

2 Responses to “Looking for light option in the summer”

  1. Great idea with Edamame, it’s one of my fav’s. I will definitely try that as a hummus recipe.

    The burgers look great, thanks G, as always, just what I needed to read this morning 🙂


    • Hey Chad

      Glad to assist…the bean burgers are a favorite even for meat eater…they just seem to disappear. Enjoy
      Hope all is well….let us know if your up in the area ever it would great to see you again

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