I don’t know about everyone else, but when the weather is hot I just don’t have a hearty appetite.

I crave smoothies, salads and just about anything that is cool, because when it’s 110 degrees outside heavy meals don’t sound appealing to me.

Here are a few of my go-to recipes for when summer days call for something cool and refreshing.

Watermelon Mint SmoothieWatermelon juice

  • 4 cups cut watermelon (frozen)
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 cup coconut water

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until it’s to the consistency you like. Using frozen watermelon makes the drink more like a slushy. This refreshing drink is not only yummy, but hydrating as well.

Stuffed Avocado Quinoa Salad

  • Avocado cut in half
  • Cooked quinoa
  • Sliced cherry tomatoes
  • Balsamic and olive oil
  • Feta cheese

Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Cook the quinoa and drain well. Place a heaping scoop of quinoa on the avocado and garnish with cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle feta cheese on top of the quinoa and drizzle with balsamic and olive oil. Finish with a dash of salt and pepper.

Chicken Greek Wrap

  • Shredded chicken breast
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Kalamata olives
  • Traditional hummus
  • Feta cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Balsamic and olive oil
  • Sandwich wrapshass-avocado-halves

Cook the chicken breast and shred. Place in refrigerator to cool. Dice up a roma tomato and cucumber and place into a bowl. Drizzle balsamic and olive oil over the tomatoes and cucumbers and dash with salt and pepper. Allow to sit in the refrigerator. Smooth the hummus onto the wrap and place the shredded lettuce on the hummus, followed by the shredded chicken and cucumber and tomato salad. Top off the wrap with kalamata olives and feta cheese. Drizzle more of the cucumber and tomato salad dressing onto the wrap if desired.

All three of these recipes are quick, easy and healthy. What I love about them is they are light and delicious when the weather is scorching hot. Enjoy!