5 Healthy Summer Recipes You HAVE to Try!
Summer is finally here! Now is the time to lounge by the pool, watch the sunsets by the water, go boating and enjoy summer nights with your friends!
Make the most of these hot summer days by heading to your nearest farmers market to buy some fresh ingredients for these yummy recipes.
1. Strawberry Fields Salad
Hungry for something fresh and simple to make? We’ve got you with this delicious summer salad that you can indulge on and still stay on track with your fitness goals.
Ready in 20 minutes, serves 3-5.
6-9 cups of fresh Baby Spinach (washed and dried)
4 cups of sliced fresh Strawberries and/or blueberries
1/4 cup mixture of pumpkin seeds and pecans
1/2 cup crumbled Feta Cheese (you can add more if you’d like!)
200 grams of sliced grilled chicken breast
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup Raspberry Wine Vinegar
1-2 tbsp Poppy Seeds
Salt and Pepper as desired
In a large bowl, toss the baby spinach with the sliced strawberries and nut/seed mixture. In another small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients, and pour over the spinach mixture. Grab the crumbled feta and chicken, and sprinkle it over the salad. Serve immediately, and enjoy!
Optional: ditch the feta cheese and chicken for a Vegan version of this recipe.
2. Vegan and Gluten Free Blueberry & PB Oatmeal
Whats better than waking up knowing your first meal is not only gonna be delicious and healthy, but also knowing you’ll be full for hours! Try swapping out your eggs and bacon for this healthy and comforting, protein filled oatmeal recipe thats sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and help you stay on track. Pro tip: enjoy your favourite cup of coffee with some vegan nut milk with this dish because it pairs perfectly!
Ready in 7 minutes, serves 1.
1/4 cup rolled gluten-free oats
3/8 cup Vanilla Almond milk (sweetened or unsweetened)
Dash of cinnamon
1/2 medium banana, sliced thinly
1/4 cup frozen blueberries (or raspberries, or a mixture of both!)
1 tbsp organic crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup mixed nuts
In a small microwavable bowl, mix the oatmeal with the almond milk, 1/2 sliced banana, and cinnamon, then microwave for 3 minutes. Remove the bowl from the microwave (careful- it might be hot!), and then take the tablespoon of peanut butter, and let it melt over the cooked oatmeal. Sprinkle on the blueberries and the nuts, and enjoy!
Optional: add a scoop of protein before microwaving for a boost!
3. Caprese Pasta Salad
Craving something fresh and easy? We’ve gotcha with this delicious Caprese Pasta Salad. Swap out the whole grain pasta for chickpea pasta for extra protein.
Ready in 15 minutes, serves 4.
2 cups of whole grain rotini or fusilli pasta
4 cups of cherry tomatoes
1/2 tsp himalayan sea salt (to taste- you can use less!)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil1 cup of small bocconcini mozzarella balls
A few fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and boil the pasta until its al dente. Drain it and set it aside. While the pasta is cooking, lightly pan-fry the tomatoes with the olive oil and pink salt over medium heat in a large skillet. Cover, and cook until the tomatoes have burst out of their skins and the olive oil has a red tint. This should take no more than 7-10 minutes.
Combine the pasta into the tomato mixture, and let cool. Once cooled, stir in the bocconcini and chopped basil into the pasta, and add the vinegar. Make sure to let this salad sit for at least 15 minutes so that the pasta can absorb the sauce. Yum! You can also refrigerate for leftovers later.
4. Summer Sunset Watermelon Sangria
This… by far… is the best Sangria EVER! Enjoy this refreshing treat on your patio or by your pool, and see for yourself.
Ready in 10 minutes, serves 3-4 people.
Ice (lots for serving)
1 1/4 cups of cubed watermelon
1/4 cup sliced strawberries and blackberries
4 thin lemon slices
1 bottle of your favourite Sauvignon Blanc Wine (try getting sulphate free ;) )
1/4 cup raspberry vodka (or add some cranberry juice with no sugar added for a lighter option)
1-2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
Grab your largest pitcher, and combine the watermelon, strawberries and blackberries and lemon. Pour in the raspberry vodka, then follow with the entire bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and stir. Let this mixture chill in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours, the longer it sits, the better. If the sangria isn’t sweet enough for you, go ahead and add the agave or honey to your liking. :)
Serve over ice in individual glasses. Send us a picture for a chance to be featured on our Instagram!
Pro tip: Use frozen mango chunks instead of some of the ice for a tastier way to keep your sangria cool.
5. SunRise Protein Smoothie Bowl
Feeling creative, yet still kinda hungry? This smoothie bowl is the ticket to cute and pretty #fittfoods that you can use as your creative outlet of the day. Enjoy in the morning, or after a workout as a filling snack. Vegan or Non-Vegan options available.
Ready in 15 minutes, serves 4.
1/2 cup frozen or fresh mango
1 cup fresh halved strawberries
1 peeled banana
1/2 cup frozen raspberries/blueberries
4 scoops of protein of your choice (vegan, kept, whey— you name it!)
1 cup of your milk of choice (1% or Almond milk work perfectly)
1/2 cup sliced strawberries or banana
Pumpkin seeds or Granola
Combine the mango, halved strawberries, banana, berries, protein scoops, and milk of your choice in a blender, and blend until you reach a thick and smooth consistency.
Divide into 4 bowls, and lay out the seeds, sliced strawberries and granola to your liking! Enjoy!