August is observed as the National Wellness month, and it is the best time to focus on employee mental, physical, and overall holistic wellbeing at the workplace. It is the right opportunity to promote self-care, stress management, and healthy lifestyle habits. Studies show many people experienced unnecessary weight changes during the pandemic, which could lead to potential health risks and chronic conditions. Eating right, exercising regularly, sleeping enough, and practicing healthy habits have been touted to be the key to holistic health.
One of the best ways to cultivate healthy eating habits is by promoting nutrition wellness challenges at the workplace as a part of your employee wellness programs. Encouraging using fresh seasonal produce and consuming homemade food is one of the best ways to ensure nutrition and avoid processed food.
August summer is the time for some colorful seasonal produce like apples, avocados, bell peppers, broccoli, cherries, corn, lemons, mangoes, melons, pears, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, squash, and other stone fruits. In this blog, we give 2 simple, nutritious, and delicious recipes using fresh seasonal produce – one savory and one dessert that are quick to make after a hectic day or a great meal to carry to your workplace.
Mexican Bean and Rice Salad
Using fresh summer produce like corn, bell peppers, and lime, this dish is a wholesome family salad. While the rice and beans fill you up, the corn and peppers add the crunch and texture. With a perfect balance of carbs and protein, this well-balanced salad is highly nutritious and can make a great meal for any time of the day.
- Cooked brown rice – 2 cups
- Kidney beans – 1 can (around 500 gms), rinsed and drained
- Black beans – 1 can (around 500 gms), rinsed and drained
- Corn kernels – 1 can (around 500 gms), drained
- Onion – 1 small, diced
- Green bell pepper – 1, diced
- Jalapeno peppers – 2, seeded and diced
- Lime – 1, zested and juiced
- Cilantro leaves – ¼ cup, chopped
- Minced garlic – 1 tsp
- Ground cumin – 1 ½ tsps
- Salt – to taste
- In a large salad bowl, combine the brown rice, kidney beans, black beans, corn, onion, green pepper, jalapeno peppers, lime zest and juice, cilantro, garlic, and cumin. Lightly toss all ingredients to mix well, and sprinkle with salt to taste.
- Take a large bowl and combine the brown rice, black beans, kidney beans, and all the other ingredients.
- Toss it all together to mix well.
- Refrigerate salad for 1 hour, toss again, and serve. If you prefer it as a warm salad, make it after the rice is cooked and serve immediately.
You can add tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, hot sauce, or any other ingredient of your choice.
This recipe gives 10 servings.
Nutritional Facts: (for 1 serving)
- Calories – 162
- Protein – 7.2 g
- Carbohydrates – 33 g
- Fat – 1.1 g
- Dietary Fiber – 7.7 g
Grilled Peaches with Cream Cheese
August is National Peach Month, and so, we give a simple dessert recipe using them. Fresh peaches are loaded with antioxidants, including vitamin C, carotenoids, and polyphenols. They are also high in fiber and potassium, making this a dessert to indulge in without guilt. While cream cheese is notorious for its fat content, it is also a good probiotic. It is also a great source of Vitamin A, vital for the immune system, and tissue growth and development. So, in recommended quantities, cream cheese is good.
- Fresh Peaches – 4, halved and pitted
- Clover honey – 2 tbsp
- Soft cream cheese – 1 cup, honey and nuts
- Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp
- Preheat a grill on medium or high heat.
- Lightly brush the peaches with the oil and place it on the grill (pit side down).
- Grill for around 5 minutes or until the peach surfaces have grill marks.
- Turn the peaches and drizzle some honey over them.
- Take a dollop of the cream cheese and place it in the pit hole of the peach.
- Grill for another 2 – 3 minutes.
- Serve immediately when the filling is warm.
This recipe gives 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: (for 1 serving)
- Calories – 139
- Protein – 1.1 g
- Carbohydrates – 11.6 g
- Fat – 10.2 g
Recipe source and ideas from – Allrecipes.com