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Quinoa Summer Fruit Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing & Sparkling Ginger Tea

We have two quick Summer tasty treats for you!

Our Registered Dietitian, Celines Martinez, shared these two recipes during our Instagram and Facebook Wellness Wednesday live stream. Make sure you check out the videos posted on our social media platforms, @hebninutrition, or click here. Also, make sure to tune in to our live streams every Wednesday at 11 AM ET.

Now lets get into these recipes!

Quinoa Summer Fruit Salad with Ginger lime Dressing

  • 4 cups of fresh fruits, can also use a combination of canned, frozen and fresh fruit.
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice-zest of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/4 cup of ginger tea, strongly brewed
  • fresh mint 

For this recipe I used blueberries cut up mango and peaches, along with grapes cut in half. 

To make dressing mix lime juice and zest with honey and ginger tea.-pour dressing over fruit and mix, at this point you can let the fruit sit in the dressing for 15 to 30 minutes to create more flavor.

Mix in quinoa to fruit and top with fresh chopped mint. Feel free to add other toppings like sunflower seeds or chia seeds for added protein.

*Note if you plan on making ahead of time wait to add mint at the time of serving since it will turn brown.

Sparkling Ginger Tea

Makes two drinks

  • 1 cup of ginger tea*, strongly brewed
  • Sparkling water or other low calorie carbonated drink-sweetener of your choice. * I recommend the dressing used in the fruit salad (ginger lime dressing). Can also use sweet macerated fruit or your favorite sugar substitute.
  • fresh mint for garnish, optional

Pour 1/2cup of tea into each cup over ice, then add 1/3 cup of sparkling water or low calorie carbonated beverage of choice.

Top with sweetener of choice to taste-use mint for garnish

*ginger tea was boiling 2 inches of fresh ginger root chopped with two cups of water. Boil for 5 minutes let cool completely and strain, keeps in refrigerator for a long time.

Can also brew ginger tea with ginger tea bags or a combination of tea bags and fresh ginger. 

Enjoy!

Garlic Cilantro Brown Rice

Ingredients

2 cups of water

6 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tsps of salt

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon  olive oil or other oil

zest of 1/2 a lime juice from 2-4 limes

1 bunch of cilantro 

4 green onions

Instructions

Bring water to a boil with garlic, salt, bay leaves, oil, and lime zest.

When water starts boiling, add the rice, stir it and close with the lid.

Start a timer for 45 minutes.

Halfway through cooking, water will have mostly evaporated, open lid, and give the rice a quick stir and close back up until cooking is complete.

Once the timer goes off, add the remainder of ingredients; lime juice, green onions, and cilantro.

Mix all ingredients in and enjoy!

Sugar Free Banana Pudding

Ingredients

2 Boxes instant sugar free vanilla pudding
4 cups low fat milk
16 oz. low fat vanilla wafers
2 cups orange juice
6-8 sliced bananas, to be dipped and drained in orange juice

Direction

Slice bananas and dip in orange juice to prevent browning. Drain and set aside. In separate bowl instant sugar free banana pudding with milk and whip until smooth.

In separate bowl instant pudding, with milk and whip until smooth. Add low fat cool whip to pudding, stir and chill.

In a small wine glass, layer on bottom of the glass: Vanilla wafer, Banana, Pudding, repeat until pudding remains on top. Serve Cold.

Serves 12-14/ 1/2 cup servings