St. Patricks Day Cucumber Cocktail

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Only two weeks until St. Patricks Day! I love this super easy and (almost healthy) St. Patricks Day Cucumber Cocktail recipe made with my favorite coconut water by Coco Joy. Coconut water is refreshing, and it contains easily digested carbohydrate in the form of sugar and electrolytes. Don’t confuse coconut water with high-fat coconut milk or oil. It is actually a clear liquid in the fruit’s center that is tapped from young, green coconuts. Coconut water has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium, and 5.45 mg of sodium compared to Gatorade, which has 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 mg of potassium, and 13.75 mg of sodium. Try it with cucumber, lime and vodka for an awesome St. Patrick’s Day cocktail.

Honeydew Cucumber Green Smoothie

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If you like green smoothies, you love this one! Last weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to visit Barnsley Resort in Georgia. I recommend it for so many reasons! Enter the 19th-century Downing-style village that features cottages with porch swings or rocking chairs, amazing golf course, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, clay shooting, pool, spa tennis, and so much more. Be spoiled by supreme Southern service, incredible farm-to-table dining, breathtaking grounds and something unexpected at every turn. Barnsley’s new Chef, Adam Hayes, is one you’ll definitely want to keep your eye own. His palate and passion is contagious (and he’s a cutie too). I had this Honeydew Cucumber Smoothie one morning for breakfast, and it was fabulous! I didn’t get the recipe, but I know it had honeydew, cucumber, and spinach. SO here’s my variation. Feel free to add whey protein powder if you like! Enjoy and happy July 4th week!

Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie

Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie

Have you tried cucumber in your juicing or smoothie recipes? I made this Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie, and my 3 kids loved it! Cucumbers are healthy and so low in calories. Here are a few health benefits of cucumbers:

1. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins.

2. Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese.

3. Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.

4.  Cucumbers aid in digestion due to their fiber and water content.

Easiest Cucumber Salad

Cucumber and Tomatoes always go together naturally for me, as this was something I always ate growing up in Alabama. Cucumbers are the star of this week’s Summer Fest, an amazing round-up of recipes and ideas held by Food Network. I am so excited to be a part of this year’s collection of great recipes from great bloggers. This recipe for Easiest Cucumber Salad is simple, fresh and light. Even my 3 kids will eat it, so I think that is a true test of greatness. Enjoy summer since it seems to be going by so fast! Check out these other fabulous recipes from some other friends participating in Summer Fest:

The Sensitive Epicure: Chinese Style Cucumbers 
What’s Gaby Cooking: Cucumber, Herb and Pita Salad 
Ingredients, Inc.: Easiest Cucumber Salad
Virtually Homemade: Cucumber Strawberry Cooler
From My Corner of Saratoga: Marinated Cucumber Salad
The Cultural Dish: Pasta With Roasted Shrimp and Cucumbers
Daily*Dishin: Southern Benedictine – Creamy Cucumber Spread
Delicious Lean: Cucumber Jicama Salad
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Cucumber and Avocado Open-Face Sandwiches
And Love It, Too: Fermented Spicy Garlic-Dill Cukes and Zukes
FN Dish: No-Cook Cucumber Recipes
Cooking With Elise: Wedge Salad With Cucumber-Ranch Dressing

Sunday Night Dinner: Mediterranean Burgers

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Burger night is always a huge hit at my house because the kids love it whether I make regular cheeseburgers or more unique such as Mediterranean Burgers. These are wonderful with ground beef, ground turkey or even ground lamb. I like to serve them with Greek-style yogurt (my favorite is Fage) mixed with diced cucumbers, fresh herbs and a touch of lemon and garlic.

Layered Low-Fat and Fresh Mediterranean Salad

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My friend, Kelli, recommended a version of this salad recipe to me that she said she served with fresh grilled fish. I decided to make it a main-dish salad so I added cooked grilled chicken and made a few alterations to make it my own (This recipe is adapted from Clean Eating magazine). You can also use a rotisserie chicken or shrimp if you’re short on time, or feel free to add olives, pepperocinis and even lettuce.

See me today, June 11th on NBC 13 Daytime Alabama at 11:30 a.m central time.