WANT EVEN MORE HEALTHY IDEAS FROM SHAPE YOUR FUTURE?
Summer is the perfect season to start eating a little healthier. As the temps rise, so do our cravings for fresh, lighter foods. Plus, local farmers markets are in full swing! Find a farmers market in your area. It’s cheaper to eat produce that’s in season, so we’ve compiled seasonal recipes to start you off on the right foot!
Perfect for: A hot day at the pool, and it’s kid-friendly, too!
Pair it with: Easy BBQ Grilled Chicken and asparagus
Why it’s healthy: Watermelon is 92% water, so it keeps you hydrated! It’s also loaded with vitamins and low in calories, making it a healthier dessert option.
Perfect for: After a workout or sports practice
Pair it with: Blueberry Orange Infused Water
Why they’re healthy: Yogurt is chock-full of protein, which helps muscles recover from exercise. Plus, blueberries contain healthy vitamins and lots of fiber!
Perfect for: A busy weeknight dinner
Pair it with: Orange Kiwi Infused Water
Why it’s healthy: Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, iron and many other vitamins. Plus, they’re a healthier alternative to tortilla chips.
Perfect for: A weekday lunch or potluck
Pair it with: Half an Avocado Turkey Ranch Wrap
Why it’s healthy: Raspberries are full of nutrients! In fact, one cup of raspberries provides over half of your daily vitamin C!
Perfect for: A summer afternoon or an evening dessert
Pair it with: Fresh berries or a spoonful of peanut butter
Why it’s healthy: Unlike typical ice cream, this version contains no added sugar. Plus, bananas are super high in potassium, which can lower your blood pressure and decrease your risk of stroke.
Perfect for: A potluck or refreshing weekday lunch
Pair it with: Watermelon, Jalapeño & Lemon Infused Water
Why it’s healthy: In addition to the hydrating benefits of watermelon … this salad contains spinach, which is high in iron, magnesium and multiple vitamins!
Perfect for: A busy weeknight dinner (slice and dice them in advance!)
Pair it with: Lemon Baked Salmon
Why it’s healthy: All of the veggies in this dish have tremendous benefits, but broccoli is a rock star! It helps reduce inflammation and regulate blood sugar.
Perfect for: A hot day at the splash pad or a summer evening stroll
Pair it with: Orange and Black Fruit Kebabs
Why it’s healthy: Drinking water keeps you hydrated, promotes digestive health, helps you maintain a healthy weight and improves joint and kidney health.
Perfect for: A weekday lunch or family picnic in the shade
Pair it with: Summer Tomato, Onion & Cucumber Salad
Why it’s healthy: Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fat, which helps you feel full and regulates your blood sugar. It’s also great for your skin and immune system!
10. Tangy Coleslaw
Perfect for: A summer barbecue or potluck
Pair it with: BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders
Why it’s healthy: Despite its low calorie count, purple cabbage is loaded with nutrients that help prevent inflammation and protect your heart. Plus, its pretty color makes it a feast for the eyes.