Healthy Refreshing Meal Ideas for Summer

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The summertime is a great season to enjoy healthy, light, refreshing meals that will give you the energy you need to enjoy the great weather and some fun in the sun with friends and family. Unlike the hearty meals that you enjoy in the autumn and winter, use the summer season to switch things up and enjoy some lighter options. Check out the tips below to get started with some ideas that you’ll love, and feel free to come up with your own recipes too, of course!
 

A Salad with Fruit

From pineapple and mangoes, to berries and more, you can choose from a variety of deliciously sweet fruits this summer. Add them to your salad to get a great mix of your favourite fruits and vegetables, loaded with nutrients that will make you feel and look great. Whether you choose to have a salad as a meal or as a side, adding some fresh fruits, perhaps some nuts, and a fruity dressing is the perfect way to really make it a summer salad.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms are super healthy and delicious, and they can also serve as the perfect alternative to your favourite meat-based grilled dishes. There are a variety of recipes to choose from that use these versatile mushrooms, so choose a few and give them a try when you’re grilling this summer. You may be surprised by how much they satisfy you.

Couscous with Vegetables

Another great option is to make a couscous dish and load it up with a variety of vegetables. For example, you can opt for Israeli couscous and serve it with peas, corn, and mint for a really refreshing summer dish that will fill you up and give you plenty of energy, fibre, vitamins, and minerals so you can look your best in your bikini.

Chilled Soup

A gazpacho is the perfect chilled soup for summer. Stick with vegetables that are in-season and organic for the best flavours. Great examples include bell peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes. This classic dish is sure to please your friends and family of all ages at your next barbecue or outdoor event, so make plenty and then enjoy the leftovers the next day.

A Healthier Macaroni Salad

Macaroni salad makes a delicious treat in the summer, whether you enjoy it as a meal or as a side to your favourite grilled meals and smoked meat Montreal. But take it a step further and make it healthier by using a plant-based mayonnaise and adding in plenty of fresh, crispy vegetables, such as bell peppers, onions, and celery, or whatever veggies you prefer. These will add flavour and nutrition and take an otherwise boring and bland macaroni salad to a new level.
There are plenty of ways to take an otherwise unhealthy summer meal and transform it into a refreshing, healthy, light summer meal. Ditching a lot of the heavy meats and dairy products and opting for more fresh ingredients, particularly fruits and vegetables, will definitely make a big difference, so indulge in the fact that there is so much in-season produce to enjoy.
 
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