My first lesson having moved to NYC in July was not how to navigate the subway system, but the importance of having proper hydration and nutrient dense foods. Moving from California, where I wasn’t bogged down with humidity in the summer months, I didn’t pay close attention to the actual amount of water I was drinking. This lack of attention in NYC landed me in extreme hydration and about a week to actually recover and change habits that were better suited for my new environment.

Aside from drinking plenty of water throughout the day, I have found it to be very helpful to have fresh fruits and veggies that are uncooked due to their water content in this state. These cold fruits and veggies not only help with hydration, but also help to keep you cool along with a good a/c system. When thinking of different meals to make that fit this category I automatically thought ceviche! The nice thing about ceviche is that the citrus juices “cook” the seafood so you can keep your oven off and keep your home a bit cooler.

There are a variety of recipes, but this one I made in particular was just so visually appealing due to the variety of vibrant colors. Just had to share it with you! I paired this with tortilla chips, but you can go carb free with lettuce wraps or make your own baked plantain chips. You can also serve it as a side dish to accompany fish or chicken. However you decide to serve it up it will give you that freshness and punch of nutrients to make you feel a bit more healthier during these warm summer months.

Avocado Shrimp Ceviche

1lb shrimp (uncooked & chopped)
1/2 c fresh lime juice
1c red bell pepper (chopped)
1/2 c red onion (chopped)
1 jalapeno pepper (diced)
1/4 c cilantro (chopped)
1 avocado (chopped)
salt & pepper to taste


In a large bowl add the shrimp and lime juice. Toss and let it sit for about 5 minutes. You will see the shrimp turn pink & cook before your eyes. So cool!

While your shrimp is “cooking” chop the remainder of your ingredients. Once your shrimp are pink and turn opaque toss in the remainder of your ingredients. Cover and place in your refrigerator for 1 hour. The lime will also keep your avocado from turning brown keeping everything looking so fresh.

Add salt & pepper to taste and enjoy!