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25 Healthy Summer Recipes to Enhance Your Mind and Strengthen Your Body

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25 Healthy Summer Recipes to Enhance Your Mind and Strengthen Your Body

Summer is a fantastic season to get creative with local produce. Using refreshing fruits, veggies, and lean proteins for your recipes provides the kick you want without sacrificing your diet preferences.

Each of these featured meals are packed with nutrients to strengthen your body and have vegan or vegetarian alternatives. Whether you’re packing a picnic for the beach or entertaining in the backyard, here are 25 healthy recipes to top off your summer:

Breakfast Recipes

1. Corn Cakes with Summer Salsa

    This nutritious twist on traditional pancakes is quick and simple to make. Many of the fresh ingredients needed can be found at a local farmer’s market. One serving contains 14 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and is under 400 calories.

    ~ Get the recipe here!

    2. Greek Yogurt with Warm Black & Blueberry Sauce

      Summer is the best time to enjoy fresh berries. For a grab-and-go breakfast try this low-calorie substitute using yogurt and ringing in under 200 calories. You can substitute frozen berries if you don’t make it to the market and almond yogurt for a dairy-free option.

      ~ Get the recipe here!

      3. Omelet with Summer Veggies

        Omelets are versatile and cook fairly quickly. For a total of 280 calories with 24 grams of protein, this lightweight meal with keep you fueled for the morning. Use fresh or frozen veggies. To make it dairy-free, leave out the gouda or swap for a vegan cheese alternative.

        ~ Get the recipe here!

        4. Peaches & Cream Doughnuts

          If you’re looking for a fun, weekend breakfast to make with others, these doughnuts are healthy alternatives to traditional white-flour and sugar filled options. They can be made completely allergen-friendly with gluten-free flours and nixing the nut toppings if needed. Drizzle with honey and serve with fresh fruit for a little extra goodness!

          ~ Get the recipe here!

          5. Carrot Sunshine Smoothie

            Creamy, plant-based, and perfect for a light breakfast to-go. Smoothies are great choices when you’re not particularly a morning person or you find yourself skipping breakfast often. This recipe is vegan friendly and provides plenty of vitamins and protein to fuel your day and boost your energy.

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            ~ Get the recipe here!

            Lunch/Dinner

            6. Open-Faced Prosciutto & Plum Sandwiches

              These sandwiches are a little bit sweet and salty. At 318 calories, you can sneak this in as a “cheat meal” rich in healthy fats and 13 grams of protein. For a vegetarian or vegan option, nix the cheese and swap the prosciutto for grilled mushrooms or tofu bacon.

              ~ Get the recipe here!

              7. BBQ Chicken with Peach & Feta Slaw

                Who doesn’t enjoy a Summer BBQ? This dish is sure to please at any gathering with sweet peaches and savory, smokey chicken. One serving is just under 410 calories and has 33 grams of protein. For a vegan-friendly option, you can leave out the Feta and bacon, and swap the chicken for tofu or grilled eggplant.

                ~ Get the recipe here!

                8. Salmon Burgers

                  Look no further for a fast, easy, and powerful meal that only takes about 15 minutes to make. Wild-caught Salmon is a very nutritious meat high in essential fatty acids, B Vitamins, and Potassium. This recipe weighs in at only 190 calories with 25 grams of protein.

                  ~ Get the recipe here!

                  9. Grilled Summer Squash Pizza

                    Yep, you read it right- Grilled pizza! The recipe makes 8 slices and one slice is 165 calories, with 5.5 grams of protein. If it’s a rainy day and you have to use the oven, simply heat at 375-degrees F., add your toppings, and bake until the crust is golden brown.

                    ~ Get the recipe here!

                    10. Crunchy Veggies Rolls with Sriracha and Peanut Sauce

                      A classic Asian-inspired dish that is easy to bring just about anywhere. You could also add brown rice or seared tuna for extra protein.

                      ~ Get the recipe here!

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                      11. Chicken Kebabs with Creamy Pesto

                        Created with low-fat yogurt and sour cream, this dish is bursting with smooth flavors. One serving is 211 calories with over 27 grams of protein. Swap the creamy pesto for traditional basil and almond pesto for a dairy-free option. Tofu or mushrooms may be used in place of the chicken for a vegan and vegetarian choice.

                        ~ Get the recipe here!

                        12. Grilled Halibut with Fresh Mango Salsa

                          Homemade salsa can go with so many dishes and this one is under 300 calories, with 37 grams of protein. The fresh onions and cider vinegar both have detoxing properties that improve your immune system and energy. You can swap out the sugar for equal parts honey or stevia for a healthier kind of sweet.

                          ~ Get the recipe here!

                          13. BBQ Spiced Shrimp with Tomato Salad

                            Bursting with bold spices that boost the immune system, as well as essential fatty acids and protein, this lean meal works in your favor with a prep time under 30 minutes. The recipe makes 8 servings to share or save for leftovers.

                            ~ Get the recipe here!

                            14. Seared Tuna with Avocado Salsa

                              This dish is easy to make but looks very impressive, for under 400 calories. The Tuna is another excellent fish for protein and good fats, and the simple salsa is packed with Vitamin C.

                              ~ Get the recipe here!

                              15. Grilled Lime Chicken and Steak with Herb & Arugula Salad

                                This hearty yet low-calorie dinner is created with the family in mind! There’s directions to “reverse-marinate” the meats after grilling them so that you can make some ahead of time if you need to. It is naturally gluten and dairy free. Of course, tofu or veggies could be grilled in place of the meat.

                                ~ Get the recipe here!

                                Side Dishes

                                16. Young Green Bean and Grape Tomato Salad with Crème Fraîche Dressing

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                                  Creme Fraiche is a creamy and flavorful way to spruce up a side of fresh veggies while remaining under 100 calories. Dairy-free needs can be met by using alternative almond or coconut milk, which will also lower the fat content.

                                  ~ Get the recipe here!

                                  17. Corn and Summer Veggie Sauté

                                    Another easy side to accompany any meal at only 90 calories with a bit of protein, fiber, iron, and calcium to help you stay satisfied. You can top with fresh herbs like Parsley and or spices similar to Cumin for an extra boost of beneficial flavor.

                                    ~ Get the recipe here!

                                    18. Stone Fruit Salad with Toasted Almonds

                                      This salad is a perfect summer appetizer or side for under 150 calories. Fresh lettuce aids in digestion and will help you stick to you weight goals if you’ve been giving in to too many sweet, summer cravings! You can always make a larger portion and add your favorite protein for a light lunch or dinner option.

                                      ~ Get the recipe here!

                                      19. English Pea Salad with Mint

                                        This 2-step side is under 100 calories. Fresh mint is great for freshening your palate and soothing the body. You can use frozen peas if needed, and leave out cheese for a vegan and vegetarian-friendly recipe.

                                        ~ Get the recipe here!

                                        20. Two-Bite Loaded Baked Potatoes

                                          For an adorable spin on the regular baked potato without the tedious cook-time, use creamer potatoes for bite-sized snacks or sides! The recipe below is vegan, so you can add cheese and sour cream as you like for traditional toppings.

                                          ~ Get the recipe here!

                                          Desserts

                                          Summer wouldn’t be as fun without indulging a bit! These desserts are made with alternative ingredients you can eat without feeling like you’re completely deprived of sweets while trying to stick to your routine.

                                          21. Chocolate Brownie Sunday

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                                            Made with dairy-free ice cream and friendly alternatives. For a traditional style, you can swap for Breyer’s or your favorite brand of chocolate ice cream. Add fresh cherries for a chocolate-cherry twist!

                                            ~ Get the recipe here!

                                            22. Raspberry Crumble Bars

                                              If you have some time to bake, these bars are great for delicious and guilt-free snacking. The total prep and cook time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. This recipe calls for granola and the option to add additional seeds and dried fruits so you can mix and match ingredients as you like!

                                              ~ Get the recipe here!

                                              23. S’mores Cookies

                                                No campfire? No problem! You can still get your s’mores fix with these amazing little cookies. You’d never guess they were made with all vegan ingredients, but you can always use more traditional ingredients if that’s what you’re most comfortable with.

                                                ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                24. Lemon and Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

                                                  This delicious frozen favorite isn’t at all difficult to make at home, and for only 100 calories! With only 5 ingredients blended together and placed in the freezer for an hour or so, there’s no reason not to love it! You can use dairy-free yogurt for a vegan option.

                                                  ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                  25. No-Bake Coconut Lime Fruit Tarts

                                                    These look really fancy but only take 15 minutes to create! You can pick and chose your fruit toppings for variety. Some favorites are kiwi, berries, and pineapple.

                                                    ~ Get the recipe here!

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                                                    10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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                                                    10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

                                                    A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

                                                    To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

                                                    1. Camping

                                                    A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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                                                    2. Staycation

                                                    You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

                                                    3. Island Getaway

                                                    People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

                                                    4. Fancy Resort

                                                    Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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                                                    5. Road Trip

                                                    The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

                                                    6. Charter a Boat

                                                    If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

                                                    7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

                                                    If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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                                                    8. Themed Retreats

                                                    There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

                                                    9. Working Honeymoon

                                                    Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

                                                    10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

                                                    Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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