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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 November 18, 2020

                                                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                                    If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                                    That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                                                    Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                                                    1. Believe It to See It

                                                    Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                                    2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                                    While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                                    3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                                    Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                                    4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                                    Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                                    5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                                    There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                                    6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                                    It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                                    7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                                    Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                                    8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                                    Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                                                    9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                                    Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                                    10. Be in It to Win It

                                                    Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                                    11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                                    People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                                    12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                                    Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                                    13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                                    You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                                    14. Be a One-Off Original

                                                    Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                                    15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                                    Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                                    16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                                    Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                                    17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                                    Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                                    18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                                    We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                                    19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                                    Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                                                    20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                                    Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                                    21. Make Your Own Luck

                                                    In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                                    22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                                    While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                                    23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                                    Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                                    24. Champion in Communication

                                                    Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                                    25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                                    Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                                    26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                                    To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                                    27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                                    While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                                    28. Live by Core Values

                                                    Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                                    29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                                    Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                                    30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                                    Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                                                    31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                                    Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                                    32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                                    Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                                    33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                                    Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                                    34. Change Opens New Doors

                                                    People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                                    35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                                    It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                                    36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                                    Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                                    37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                                    When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                                    38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                                    How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                                    39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                                    If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                                    40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                                    Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                                    41. Swim Against the Tide

                                                    Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                                                    42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                                    More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                                    43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                                    Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                                    44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                                    While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                                    45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                                    Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                                    46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                                    Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                                    47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                                    While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                                    48. Follow Through

                                                    Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                                    49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                                    We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                                    50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                                    To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                                    So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                                                    Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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