In the Good Ole Summertime

Donna Spencer- Island Jane Magazine

There’s something about summer that says relax and let go; lighten up in every way. Summer is synonymous with anything fun, refreshing and easy. Even the food is light and refreshing. Although we live in a tropical climate, some of us get homesick for the occasional bowl of soup or winter “pot”, but that’s not the case in summer. Summer heat in the Keys is intense, so there’s typically no desire to cook heavy, nor eat heavy. Light, nutritious meals are the order of the day. So kick back with a light, tasty, healthy menu of breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. When you’re done you can wash it all down with a glass of healthy homemade lavender iced tea. Summertime eating is not all about hot dogs and burgers. We can do plenty of that on July 4th.


  • Grilled wild salmon and fresh berries (blueberries, blackberries or raspberries).
    Full of antioxidants to combat “free radicals” that contribute to premature aging.
    Recommended by world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Perricone.


  • Prosciutto and melon (honeydew)
    Honeydew melon is rich in vitamin C, B6 and potassium, one of my summertime favorites. It’s just the right mix of salty and sweet!


  • Mixed salad greens (or your favorite sautéed greens) topped with asparagus, fresh berries & nuts. Grilled rosemary chicken breasts on the side.
    Leafy greens are rich in vitamin K which helps blood clot, and may prevent cardiovascular disease.
    Rosemary is a great source of iron, calcium and vitamin B6.


If it brought immortality and longevity to the Gods in Greek mythology, it has to be somewhat healthy-right?

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 ounces sour cream
  • 6 ounces homemade mini marshmallows, approximately 3 cups
  • 1 cup clementine orange segments, approximately 6 clementines
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup freshly grated coconut
  • 1 cup toasted, chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup drained maraschino cherries

Place the cream and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and whip until stiff peaks are formed. Add the sour cream and whisk to combine. Add the marshmallows, orange, pineapple, coconut, pecans and cherries and stir to combine. Transfer to a glass serving bowl, cover and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown, 2007

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