Summer Recipes for Weight Loss and Wellness

I want to spend as much time as I can outdoors during the summer. However, I would like that desire to not interfere with my waistline. I need quick and easy meals that are healthy,  nutritious and support my weight loss goals. I stumbled upon Cooking Light’s Superfast Summer Recipes and thought I’d highlight my favorite with you.

One of my favorite summer foods is strawberries.  I love their color, smell, and juicy sweetness at the height of summer. Their low calorie  nature makes them a guilt free snack or addition to any summertime meal. This Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is only 78 calories!  Paired with a grilled chicken breast, this salad has all the flavors and colors I want.

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted

Preparation

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  2. Place lettuce in a large bowl; add strawberries and almonds, tossing to combine. Divide salad evenly among 6 plates. Drizzle 1 tablespoon dressing over each serving.

But for me, summer (whether I am trying to lose weight or not) is not complete without a frozen treat! Then, I found this Pina Colada Sorbet from Gina’s Skinny Recipes Summer Desserts. I can enjoy a frozen treat of less than 100 calories! I can pretend I am sitting on a island paradise while tricking my taste buds with this healthy summer slim dessert. There is a bit too much sugar in it for my taste, so I would probably try unsweetened applesauce. Generally, I think the pineapple is a sweet enough fruit as is and opting out of the added sugar is definitely a step in the right direction for summer weight loss.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups fresh pineapple, peeled and cored
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp dark rum (optional)

Directions:

  • Cut the pineapple into chunks
  • Puree in a blender with sugar, coconut milk, and rum if using until smooth.
  • Chill thoroughly then freeze in your ice cream maker according to manufacturers directions.

Makes 1 quart.

Enjoy your summer!