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8 Awesome Healthy Summer Recipes

Summer just so happens to be a good time to try out healthy recipes. Since many vegetables and fruits are in season it's easy to get your fill of scrumptious and nutritious food.

Inspired by summer, we’ve put together a list of healthy recipes that we think you'll really love. We kick off our list with delicious foods fit for breakfast, follow those up with dishes that you can try for lunch and dinner and end with yummy desserts and snacks. Enjoy!

Fruit and Nut Smoothie

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A fruit smoothie is not only a cool, fresh and healthy way to start the day—kind of like a chilled shot of vitamins and minerals in the morning—but it’s also one of the easiest things you can make. The most basic way to prepare a fruit smoothie is to take any fruit you love, add milk or yogurt, mix in ice and blend away! You can also mix two or more frozen fruits and do away with ice for even more flavor. To get an idea on how easy it is, check out this recipe for a raspberry and nut smoothie (adapted from Real Simple):

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of low-fat milk or almond milk

  • ¾ cup frozen raspberries

  • ½ banana

  • 1 tablespoon of natural almond or peanut butter

  • 1 tablespoon of agave nectar or honey

Directions: Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until mixture becomes smooth and frothy. Pour in a glass and enjoy your drink!

Breakfast Salad

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Many of us love having a salad for lunch or dinner, but so few of us actually think about having one for breakfast. A breakfast salad allows you to get your fix of veggies and fruits at the start of the day without feeling heavy—and it’s a breeze to prepare. You can help yourself to an all-fruit salad or mix in veggies and even nuts for some added crunch. Throw in grains or protein like a boiled egg or cooked quinoa to ensure you're full well into the morning if you find you get hungry easily. To get you started, here’s a recipe for an easy avocado and apple salad (adapted from Super Healthy Kids).

Ingredients:

  • 1 Avocado

  • 1 Apple, a green apple is great!

  • 1 tablespoon of raisins

  • 1 tablespoon of walnuts

  • ½ tablespoon of honey

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

  • ¼ tsp of cinnamon

Directions: Peel and chop the apple and place in a bowl with a drop of water. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir briefly and microwave for another 30 seconds. Cool the apples to let them become the same soft texture as the avocado. In a separate bowl, mix the honey, vanilla, and cinnamon. Drain the water from the bowl of apples and add the chopped avocado. Pour the honey, vanilla and cinnamon sauce over avocado and apple. Mix in the raisins and walnuts. Enjoy with a fresh cup of homemade iced tea.

Fresh Tomato Soup

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When tomatoes are in season, you've got to make fresh tomato soup, right? These tasty fruit (yes, fruit!) contain Vitamin A that keeps your eyes healthy as well as antioxidants and lycopene that help prevent cancer. Fresh tomatoes contain more vitamins and minerals than canned ones, so take a look at this fresh tomato soup recipe (adapted from My Recipes) to help you take advantage of the season. It’s perfect for a chilly summer night!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of chicken broth

  • 1 cup of chopped onion

  • ¾ cup of chopped celery

  • 1 tablespoon of thinly sliced fresh basil

  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste

  • 2 pounds of plum tomatoes, cut into wedges

  • ½ teaspoon of salt

  • ¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

  • 6 tablespoons of plain low-fat yogurt

  • 3 tablespoons of thinly sliced fresh basil

Directions: Place the chicken broth, onion, celery, 1 tablespoon of fresh basil, tomato paste and cut tomatoes in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes. After cooking, pour half of the tomato mixture in a blender and blend the mixture until smooth. Place the mixture into a large bowl. Pour the other half of the mixture in the blender and blend until smooth as well. Pour the remaining mixture into the large bowl and add salt and pepper to taste. This recipe makes 6 servings. Top each serving with yogurt and basil.

Roasted Vegetable Pasta

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For lunch, treat your senses to a burst of color, a mouth-watering aroma and deep flavors by cooking up some pasta with seasonal roasted vegetables. This dish is not only tasty and filling, but it also allows you to have your day’s serving of veggies in one meal. Check out this recipe (adapted from Real Simple) and get cooking!

Ingredients:

  • ¾ pound pasta noodles of your preference (but we recommend whole wheat noodles for a dose of healthy carbohydrates!)

  • 1 medium eggplant, sliced

  • 1 medium onion, sliced

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced

  • 8 cloves of garlic (you can try shallots too!)

  • ½ cup of olive oil

  • Kosher salt and black pepper

  • 1 pound of cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered

  • ¼ cup of fresh oregano leaves

  • Grated parmesan

Directions: Heat your oven to 450° F. Cook the pasta according to the package directions and reserve half a cup of the cooking water, drain the pasta and set aside. Toss the vegetables, garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of black pepper in olive oil on a baking sheet. Roast the veggies for 15 to 18 minutes until they are golden brown and tender. Add the vegetables, tomatoes and cooking water to the pasta and cook over medium heat. Toss for two to four minutes until the pasta is well-coated with the liquid. Toss in the oregano. Serve with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

Grilled Steak Salad

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Packed with protein, a grilled steak salad is definitely a good item to add to your summer menu. It only takes a few minutes and it’s more proof that healthy eating can be flavorful and delicious. Spice up your summer meals with this grilled balsamic steak salad recipe (adapted from Kraft).

Ingredients:

  • 1 beef sirloin steak, ½ to ¾ inch thick and well trimmed

  • 2 large yellow peppers, cut in half

  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette dressing (homemade or store bought)

  • 4 cups torn mixed salad greens or spring greens

  • 1 large tomato, cut into wedges

  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onions

  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated

Directions: Heat greased barbecue to medium-high heat. Brush steak and insides of peppers with the dressing. Grill the steak and peppers for about 10 minutes or until the steak is medium—don’t forget to turn the steak after about 5 minutes—but there's no need to turn the peppers. While the steak and peppers are being grilled, you can place the greens on four serving plates and top with the tomatoes and onions. Cut the steak across the grain into thin slices and cut the peppers into strips. Place the steak and the peppers over the greens and veggies. Drizzle evenly with the remaining dressing and sprinkle with cheese before serving.

Apple Tuna Salad

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This apple tuna salad may not be like most salads you are used to, but it’s definitely creative, delicious and healthy enough to make our list! This recipe is from The Clothes Make The Girl and it’s amazing how easy this dish is to make. You can prepare it in the morning and pack it up in your Punchdrunk Panda bag for later.

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, diced

  • 2 to 3 scallions, dark green tops only, thinly sliced

  • 4 pecan halves, coarsely chopped

  • ¼ cup of fresh parsley leaves, minced

  • 2 cans of tuna

  • ½ teaspoon of mustard powder

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil mayo

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions: Mix the apple, scallion tops, nuts and parsley in a bowl. Drain the liquid from the tuna and add the tuna to the bowl. Mix carefully until the tuna is broken up well. Add the mustard and mayo and mix well until blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside for 15 minutes to let the flavors come together. If you're feeling fancy, slice another apple and use the slices as little plates for appy-sized servings of the salad.

Mango Salsa and Chips

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A delicious and nutritious fruit, mangoes help to fight cancer and can lower cholesterol levels. They can also be enjoyed in so many delicious ways—a mango salsa, for example, tastes great over a salad, in a sandwich, on top of anything grilled and as a dip for chips. Here’s a quick and easy recipe (adapted from Cookie and Kate) for a tasty (and summery!) mango salsa.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, peeled and diced

  • ½ cup cucumber, peeled and diced

  • 1 tablespoon of jalapeno, finely chopped (seeds removed—unless you love the spice!)

  • ⅓ cup of red onion, diced

  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice

  • ⅓ cup of cilantro leaves, chopped

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Cumin (option—for a bit of a different flavor!)

Directions: Place the mango, cucumber, jalapeno, red onion, lime juice and cilantro leaves in a bowl and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste, and cumin if you like.

Mocha Float

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Need a sugar kick? This simple recipe is delicious and surprisingly low in calories—under 200! You can fix yourself a mocha float (recipe from the Food Network) to tide you over between meals or you can have one as a dessert.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup dark chocolate ice cream (or vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup, if you're in a pinch!)

  • ½ cup hot coffee

Directions: Add the chocolate ice cream to the hot coffee and enjoy.

Are you hungry yet? Because we sure are! These recipes are easy to follow so you can start incorporating one or two of these in your menu for the week to mix up your usual meals! Happy healthy eating :)

Do you have any favorite healthy summer dishes that you’d like to share? Send us a message on Facebook or Twitter or let us know in the comments below!

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