Cooking Healthy in Summer: Popsicles, Grilling and More!

Summer is just around the corner ladies and gents. I realize this is kind of hard to believe when it’s still snowing out (the joys of spring in Minnesota), but it’s coming! Along with the arrival of summer comes the arrival of a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables right at our fingertips.  Eating more produce accompanied with added exercise are reasons why summer is the time when most of us are able to slim down, shedding those extra pounds we gained during our winter hibernation. Although most of us are already eating healthier during summer months, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still room for improvement.  This post will provide some ideas and tips on cooking healthy in summer. Let’s get started!


Healthier frozen sweet treats

When it gets hot out there, one of our favorite ways to cool off is by devouring a tasty cold treat. Instead of grabbing for the ice-cream, pick a popsicle instead. Popsicles typically have half the calories per serving than ice-cream! Have fun making popsicles with the family, and avoid artificial colors and flavors, and added sugar with these healthy homemade popsicle recipes:

  •    Frozen Fruit Kabobs-  Slice up your favorite fruit, put on a stick, and Freeze for 3-4 hours. A serving of fruit, doubled as an icy refreshing treat!
  •     Chocolate Covered Kiwi Popsicles– For a sweeter treat you can take your frozen kabobs and dip them in Chocolate.
  •     Black Bean Fudgesicles– This recipe is a healthier take on the classic fudgesicle. I can’t wait to try this one out!
  •     Summer Melon Granita with Fresh Mint– Technically more like a slushy, but still cold, delicious and refreshing!

Prepare meals on the grill

Grilling is one of the healthiest ways to cook meats as it requires little to no added fat source to cook, and a lot of the meat fat is allowed to drop off the meat. Grilling has the capacity to go beyond meats, however. It is also an excellent and tasty way cook fish, seafood, vegetables and even fruit!  So instead of heating up your frying try out some of these healthy recipes, and spend less time in the kitchen, and more time with your family outside in the sun.

Have fun with your salads

Mix it up! For a healthy and refreshing twist, try adding nuts and your favorite berries to your next salad.



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100-Calorie snacks: 16 Refreshing Healthy Summer Eats



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