Healthy Summer Recipes To Beat The Heat


By: Chris Freytag, CPT // August 2, 2023

Beat the heat on hot summer days with these cool, refreshing and totally healthy summer recipes that the whole family will love!

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut-Ginger Sauce

These Thai chicken lettuce wraps are sublime. Made with chicken strips marinated in yogurt and spices, plus a creamy, drool-worthy peanut ginger sauce, it’s the perfect crowd-pleasing recipe. Plus, the peanut-ginger dipping sauce goes great with vegetables, pita chips and more so be sure to keep any leftovers.

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Grilled Peaches & Pineapple

A bowl of grilled peaches and pineapple with ice cream and basil
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There are not very many desserts that contain no added sugar, but this recipe for grilled peaches and pineapple contains just that; no added sugar needed! Cooking peaches and pineapple on the grill creates delicious caramelization on the fruit and makes for one beautiful dessert in just 10 minutes.

Eat them on their own or serve them up with some vanilla bean ice cream and fresh basil!

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Healthy Tuna Salad

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When you need to get something healthy but filling on the table quickly for lunch, there’s nothing better than tuna salad sandwiches! This healthy tuna salad recipe made with yellowfin tuna can be mixed up in 5 minutes or less and layered between your favorite bread or rolled up into lettuce wraps. 

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Beet Burgers with Chipotle Aioli

Turn up the beet! This beet burger will have everyone asking for seconds at your next grill out!
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Beet burgers have become one of my favorite healthy obsessions. I consider myself to be a somewhat of an “expert” since I have tried and tasted so many. I mixed and matched several recipes and came up with this version that has a Mexican twist to it!

Filled with fresh tasty ingredients, this healthy burger has great texture and flavor. Sometimes, I double this recipe and keep the beet burgers in my freezer. They are easy to thaw and cook up for a quick meal later in the week!

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Kabobs On The Grill

Kabobs skewers with chicken, beef shrimp and vegetables on a white plate
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Kabobs are a summer staple and making them could not be easier!

The great thing about kabos on the grill is how versatile and customizable they are. Like chicken but not shrimp? Great. Love mushrooms but meh on zucchini? Easy peasy.

Kabobs are great for company too. Keep it easy, colorful, and delicious and get grilling today! And it never hurts to make extra for leftovers!!

Kabobs On The Grill (3 Easy Recipes)

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl

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Skip the long lines at Chipotle and make this healthy chipotle chicken bowl recipe at home! It takes about 30 minutes to make a lower calorie bowl at home and you can fully customize it with all your favorite toppings. 

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Lavender Lemonade

glass lavender lemonade with ice garnished with lemon slice and sprig of fresh lavender.
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There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot day than a glass of ice cold lemonade. We love making pitchers of this lavender lemonade recipe all summer; lemon and lavender make a delightful flavor pairing. 

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Grilled Golden Beet Salad With Quinoa and Citrus Dressing

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This golden beet salad made with quinoa and a citrus dressing is so flavor-packed, nutritious, and beautiful to boot.

I absolutely love beets. They are one of my favorite foods, so when I spy the beautiful and less common golden beet at the farmer’s market or grocery store, I get really excited to make this salad.

I eat this golden beet salad as a weekday lunch, but it also makes for an impressive side dish when I’m hosting a group. I appreciate how easy it is to whip together and that I can make all the parts ahead of time if I want.

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Strawberry Mango White Wine Sangria

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As summer weather warms up, nothing is more refreshing than a cold glass of this easy white sangria! This delicious wine cocktail recipe for strawberry mango sangria is the perfect patio drink for a hot summer day. 
It has everything you love about a classic white wine sangria recipe – fruit and wine – but with a strawberry, mango twist!

We love making up this white sangria recipe for any guests that stop by during your summer gatherings like backyard BBQ or evening picnics. Feel free to experiment with a variety of fruits as mentioned in the variations section below; there are so many delicious combinations.

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Healthy Chicken Cobb Salad

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I love a good cobb salad. It’s always been one of my favorites when I go out to eat, but the truth is that a traditional cobb salad isn’t all that healthy. Most are filled with calories from the dressing they use or the extra serving of bacon. So this healthy cobb salad version is lighter and filled with fresh veggies! The edamame, avocado, and turkey bacon offer tons of protein, but you could always add grilled chicken on top as well.

This healthy Cobb Salad is the perfect light dinner or lunch. If you prepare the turkey bacon ahead of time, this recipe is a snap to assemble and looks fantastic.

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Trader Joe’s Curry Chicken Salad (Copycat Recipe)

A gluten-free, dairy-free crunchy thai salad with quinoa and chicken in a bowl sprinkled with cashews and edamame
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This crunchy Thai salad hits so many levels of goodness. It’s loaded with good-for-you ingredients, it tastes so crunchy and fresh, and it’s gluten-free and dairy-free making it super versatile for an array of people.

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14 Health Benefits of Cucumbers (And a Few Refreshing Recipes)

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From healthy skin to improved memory, check out the top 14 health benefits of cucumbers!

And if you’re lucky enough to have a load from your garden or farmers market on hand, you’ll definitely want to check out some of our favorite cucumber recipes, too.

14 Health Benefits of Cucumbers (And a Few Refreshing Recipes)

Highest Rated Low-Calorie Smoothies

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Whether you need an on-the-go breakfast, an energizing afternoon pick-me-up, or a refreshing beverage to cool down on a hot day, all are great reasons to whip up one of these highly-rated smoothies!

Smoothies are naturally packed with nutrients and a great source of fiber since you’re including whole fruits and/or vegetables.

Highest Rated Low-Calorie Smoothies

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