From salads and smoothies to appetizers and grilled dishes, here are ten healthy summer recipes you're sure to enjoy:
Watermelon Feta Blueberry Salad
Running In A Skirt
This Pinterest-worthy salad tastes as good as it looks! Plus, it takes barely 10 minutes to whip up. Just throw in watermelon, fresh blueberries, feta cheese and green mint in a bowl and enjoy the protein and antioxidant-rich salad. Here's the recipe. And if you love all things watermelon, you should also try this Watermelon Strawberry Caprese Salad.
Creamy Avocado And White Bean Wrap
A flavorful and filling wrap made with mashed white beans, avocado, sharp cheddar and spicy slaw. White beans are an excellent source of protein, magnesium, iron and dietary fiber. While Avocado is chock full of nutrients like vitamins (c, e, k), healthy fats, antioxidants and folate. In addition, these wraps can be put together in 15 minutes, making it a perfect option for a healthy, on-the-go lunch or breakfast. Get the recipe here.
Spinach Dip Bites
Whether you munch on them on a weekend or serve them at your next cocktail party, these cheesy bites will surely hit the spot. Made with spinach, artichokes heart, garlic and cheese, the appetizer is packed with protein, vitamins, iron and calcium. Get the recipe here.
Lemon Custard Berry Trifles
A delectable dessert that combines the sweetness of berries with zesty lemon flavor. Plus, it contains only 150 calories! The original recipe uses fresh blueberries and raspberries but you can throw in other berries of your choice too. I love that the recipe uses unsweetened almond milk and natural sweetener which makes this treat even more healthy. Get the recipe here.
Red, White And Blue Parfait
To Simply Inspire
Celebrate liberty from oppression (and calories) with this light and healthy parfait recipe that screams patriotism. Just layer up fresh strawberries, fat-free yogurt and fresh blueberries with a little homemade granola in the center to make this guilt-free dessert. Get the recipe here.
Grilled Garlic Lime Shrimp Skewers
These light and tangy shrimp skewers make for a summer-ready meal you can enjoy any day of the week. Plus, it consists of essential nutrients like Vitamin C, selenium, protein and antioxidants. Just marinate shrimps in garlic, lime and cilantro and place them over the grill. Here's the recipe. You might also like this Barbecued Spiced Shrimp with Tomato Salad recipe.
Strawberry, Basil And Goat Cheese Bruschetta
A scrumptious appetizer made with balsamic marinated strawberries, goat cheese, basil and grilled whole wheat toast. This easy-to-make recipe is loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants, thanks to juicy strawberries. In addition, goat cheese is a good source of calcium, vitamins and protein. While basil is chock full of vitamins (A and C), calcium, iron and magnesium. Get the recipe here.
Pizza Pasta Salad
Whoever said that pizza can't be healthy hasn't tried this gobsmacking recipe. What you need? Whole grain pasta, bell pepper, olives, tomatoes, basil and cheese. Add a dash of low-fat clean Italian dressing and you're golden. Get the recipe here.
Red White And Blueberry Smoothie
This healthy and totally Instagrammable smoothie is perfect for your 4th of July spread (or weekday breakfast). The vegan recipe is made with fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries and blueberries), acai juice and soy milk. Add a layer of fluffy coconut banana cream on top and you're done. Here's the recipe. Also, check out this refreshing Grape-Berry Protein Smoothie.
Patriotic Vegan Cupcake
These guilt-free cupcakes are packed with the goodness of vitamin-c rich-raspberries. Once the cupcakes are ready, cover them with a layer of hazelnut cream frosting. Garnish with blueberries, elderberries or raspberries and enjoy! Get the recipe here.
By the way, Happy July 4th!