For most of us, the return of summer signals a sense of urgency when it comes to eating well and exercising more. It’s easy to fall into a boring rut when it comes to healthy food choices, but the good news is that there are plenty of healthy and delicious recipes to choose from—particularly during the summer months when fresh produce is abundant and the grill is back out for use. These recipes will make your taste buds happy and keep your body looking and feeling great. You can basically have your cake and eat it, too (Mmm…cake).
1.) Cauliflower Pizza with Greek Yogurt Pesto & Grilled Veggies
Yes, you can still have pizza and keep your figure. After trying this crunchy cauliflower crust, you likely won’t even miss the refined carbs! This is a great option for #MeatlessMonday. Learn how to make it here.
[Photo via Food Faith Fitness.]
2.) Zucchini Boats with Ground Turkey
A scrumptious dish that will fuel your body with lean protein and fiber! To make the zucchini “boats,” you simply cut the zucchinis in half and scoop out the insides. The pulp will be incorporated into the delicious filling of sautéed veggies and ground turkey. You can find other variations of zucchini boats (like a taco version for when you’re craving Mexican) on Pinterest. To create this particular recipe, click here.
[photo via Perry’s Plate.]
3.) Marinated Greek Chicken Skewers
Is it just us or does food on the grill taste so much better than any other cooking method? The secret to these chicken and veggie skewers is the amazing marinade! Check out the full recipe here.
[Photo via A Hint of Honey]
4.) Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad
Prepare yourself. We may have just found the perfect summer salad. Refreshing crisp vegetables, bold, spicy chicken, grilled pineapple and fresh avocado make up this delightful combination. Sign us up! View the full recipe here.
[Photo via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen]
5.) Summer Corn Soup (Vegan)
This light and creamy soup is made up of 9 ingredients you likely already have on hand. You will also be able to prepare and cook this soup in under 30 minutes. It’s a wonderful weeknight dinner option. Vegan and gluten-free, you can enjoy this tasty dish without an ounce of guilt! Find the recipe here.
[Photo via Minimalist Baker]
6.) Caprese Quinoa Bake
If you’ve yet to join the quinoa band wagon, now is the perfect opportunity! The gluten-free grain is packed full of nutrients and is considered a complete protein. This recipe combines a flavorful quinoa mixture (garlic, shallots, olive oil, etc.) with fresh, juicy tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese melted to perfection. We know you want to try it.
[Photo via Domesticate Me]
7.) Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles
This recipe is for all of the pasta-lovers out there who are trying to watch their figure. Ditch the refined carbs and try a delicious alternative: squash-based noodles. Spaghetti squash and zucchini are surprisingly tasty and filling substitutes for your favorites pasta dishes. This recipe for shrimp scampi calls for a spiralizer, a life changing tool used to make zucchini noodles, aka “zoodles.” Give it a try and thank us later ;). Find the full recipe here.
[Photo via Joyful Healthy Eats]