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

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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                                                    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                                                    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                                    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                                    1. Exercise Daily

                                                    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                                    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                                    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                                    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                                    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                                    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                                    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                                    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                                    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                                    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                                    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                                    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                                    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                                    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                                    The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                                    • Eat unprocessed foods
                                                    • Eat more veggies
                                                    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                                    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                                    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                                      5. Watch Out for Travel

                                                      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                                      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                                      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                                      6. Start Slow

                                                      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                                      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                                      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                                      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                                      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                                      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                                      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                                      Final Thoughts

                                                      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                                      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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