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5 Summer Recipes to Keep You Healthy

5 Summer Recipes to Keep You Healthy

Summer is all about having fun, whether it’s eating a funnel cake at the local fair or chomping on some fresh cut fries at the beach. Unfortunately, this kind of fun diet is not exactly fun for your body. Indulging in fried or fatty foods is OK every once in a while, but it can’t become an ongoing occurrence if you want to stay in good health. Luckily, summer also means a lot of fresh ingredients are in season, giving you myriad choices for healthy meals. Here are a few healthy summer recipes you can try whenever you’re not enjoying a hot dog, pretzel, and nachos at a baseball game.

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1. Tuna Burgers with Carrot-Ginger Sauce

Chomp down on this light and fishy burger that is drizzled in a fresh carrot and ginger dressing. Paired with a whole-grain hamburger bun, spicy sprouts, and an avocado, you can enjoy your burger fix without overdoing the calories.

Photo by MyRecipes

Photo by MyRecipes

 2. Summer Squash Pizza

Pizza doesn’t always have to be terrible. Spice up this homemade pie with fresh zucchini and yellow squash straight from the garden. The key to keeping this pizza healthy? Using sliced plum tomatoes instead of sauce and only 1/4 cup of cheese!

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3. Chicken Kebabs with Creamy Pesto

Chicken and vegetables – a bare minimum combination that always satisfies your mouth and belly. Use whatever veggies your garden has produced, and dip them into the delicious low-fat yogurt, reduced-fat sour cream, and pesto dressing.

Photo by BBC GoodFood

Photo by BBC GoodFood

 4. Summer Salmon Pasta

Sizzling salmon and fresh vegetables make a nice pairing with the decadent penne pasta. Add in a bit of pine nuts, mushrooms, and fresh basil leaves for an extra kick of flavor. To be even more healthy, try whole-grain pasta for added fiber.

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5. Barbecued Spice Shrimp with Tomato Salad

Enjoy the combination of bold Southwestern flavors in this salad of the sea. Pure ancho chile powder, smoked paprika, cumin, and brown sugar give your tongue something to salivate over. Get your veggies in with some fresh tomato and onion garnish.

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