Summer and fresh food are the perfect combination, especially when you’re on break from college or uni and actually have time to cook. But summer is often fast-paced and filled with activities, so greasy takeaway always looks appealing, and it’s an easy option. Cooking healthy seems difficult and like there are too many ingredients
Here are 8 healthy summer recipes anyone can make! They’re quick and easy, healthy and delicious. Now you have no excuse not to eat healthily!
1. Almond Butter, Strawberry & Banana Overnight Oats With Chia
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But I think we’re all guilty of skipping breakfast here and there when we’re in a rush and have no time. Well, this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen is for you. You make it the night before, so it’s ready to grab and go the next morning. It’s so easy to make with no cooking required. It’s delicious, healthy and filling. Pop it in a mason jar, and it’s totally Instagram worthy.
2. 5 Minute Smoothie Bowl
This smoothie bowl from Minimalist Baker is a colourful and healthy way to start the day. And it only takes five minutes! Now you have no excuse not to have a healthy breakfast. The basis only has three ingredients which you’re bound to have! After you’ve got that down pat, get creative with your toppings. There are so many different types of smoothie bowls; you can find one to suit your favourite fruit taste. This one’s totally Instagram worthy too.
3. Pizza Lettuce Wraps
When you’re craving pizza but don’t want the greasiness or calories, try this healthy light alternative from Eating Well instead. It’s quick to whip up, and it’s super adaptable. You can add in your favourite pizza toppings, and you can cater to all dietary requirements. A great dish for a night-in by yourself or catering for a crowd.
4. Grilled Chicken And Mango Skewers
Skewers are perfect for summer BBQ events, and they’re great for either for lunch or dinner. It’s more fun to make your own than buying it from a store because you can add whatever elements you like. Mango is the perfect light fruity element, and it just tastes like summer. Mix it with chicken, and you’ve got a carb-free meal that will still fill you up. This recipe can be found at Taste of Home.
5. Healthy Cookie Dough Dip
Everyone loves eating raw cookie dough, even though we’re not supposed to. Cookie dough has gotten a healthy makeover over on Chocolate Covered Katie. It tastes just like the real thing, but it’s good for you. It’s perfect for when you have a sweet craving or for a dessert platter at an event. So now you can eat cookie dough guilt free.
6. Easy Weeknight Vegetable Stir Fry
This stir fry recipe over at Inspiring Savings is a quick and healthy meal. It’s a great Vegetarian meal, or you can throw in your favourite meat protein if you like. Stir fries are so versatile because you can add whatever protein or vegetables you like – it’s suitable all year round.
7. Cajun Chicken With Coriander And Lime Rice
Chicken and salad is a classic summer dinner. This seasoning mix spices up the classic dish. Add in some different vegetables, and it’s ready in just half an hour! Try a different flavouring each time you make this dish, so you never get bored of healthy chicken dishes again thanks to this recipe from Kitchen Sanctuary.
8. Healthy Taco Salad
Everyone loves tacos, but they can contain quite a bit of carbs. This salad is the perfect healthy alternative to tacos as it contains more meat and salad and less carbs. It also has a light and healthy salad dressing which is better than those sugary alternatives. This salad over at ifoodreal is super filling and is perfect for either lunch or dinner.
Have you made any of these recipes before? Which of these recipes will you be trying in summer? What are your favourite quick and healthy summer recipes?
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Julie is currently studying s Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing) at Deakin University in Australia. She's a hardcover book and journal collector, she owns way too many planners, and she keeps telling herself that one day she will go to Paris.