I find myself eating lighter fare in the summer. The heat and humidity can be brutal, especially here in Myrtle Beach. Nat King Cole said it right when he called them the lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer. But don’t let the summer heat kill your appetite. Here are a few summer lunches that are easy to create last-minute and are extremely uncomplicated. The world is complicated enough as it is, don’t muddle up lunches too!
Turkey Wrap with Hummus
I’ve been OBSESSED with Joseph’s Lavash Bread this summer! Available at Lowes Foods, Publix, Food Lion, and Walmart. Coming in at only 60 calories with a whopping 6g of protein, this flatbread is tasty and health-conscious. My wrap recipe: hummus (regular or roasted red pepper), provolone cheese, turkey, and mixed greens! Layer it and voila, you have a gourmet-level wrap that’s nutrient-packed.
Pimento Cheese with Crackers and Veggies
I wish I made my own pimento cheese. My great grandfather would probably be ashamed that I don’t, given the fact that his recipe is the pride of the Price family. However, when Palmetto Cheese is made just down the road from you on Pawleys Island, I choose to support local and leave the pimento cheese making to the experts. With a side of crackers and some veggies, this southern lunch is complete!
When you can’t stomach a full meal, but you need sustenance, this is my go-to. It’s satiating and satisfying, the perfect addition to your summer lunch lineup!
2 heaping cups of fresh spinach/kale
2/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup frozen cauliflower rice
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (any frozen berries will do)
1 Tbsp powdered peanut butter (my fave: PB2)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (my fave: Ancient Nutrition Multi-Collagen)
Avocado toast is so versatile. Here are a few of my favorite combinations!
– Lime Juice, Garlic, Salt, + Pepper
– Everything But the Bagel Seasoning + Fried (or Poached) Egg
– Tomatoes + Red Onions
– Cream Cheese then your Mashed Avocado + EBTB Seasoning
– Bacon + Goat Cheese
I call this the “everything-but-the-kitchen-sink” meal. It’s a great way to be a good steward of whatever’s is in your fridge. Whether that’s cheese, salami, turkey, carrots, hummus, crackers, dates, apples, cashews, or bell peppers, you make it work with whatever you have. Every bite is a little different from the last. This meal never tires of variety!