12 Healthy Summer Recipes and Treats

Oh-So-Easy Treats You Can Have Ready In Minutes

Make the most of summer's sweets - all those luscious berries, melons, peaches, and other fruits showing up at farmers' markets and stores. Just rinse and enjoy!  It's all about savoring summer the old-fashioned - and finest - way.

Healthy Summer Recipes and Easy Treats

Fruit on the grill? Absolutely! The high heat of the grill adds superb flavor because the sugars in the fruit caramelize over the fire, adding deep rich sweetness. Select your own fruits, or try our easy summer recipe for Honeydew Skewers below.

After rinsing your summertime gems, got a few more minutes? Try these 12 tasty, quick-prep healthy summer recipes and tips:

1 Berry Tasty!

Whip up your own healthy, scrumptious summer mousse by blending one-half cup of your favorite fresh berries, one-half cup silken tofu, and one-half teaspoon of vanilla extract. Chill in the refrigerator.

2 Melon and Mint

So refreshing! In a large bowl, combine the juice of 2 key limes with 1 ripe cantaloupe, scooped into 1-inch balls with a melon baller. Sprinkle with one-quarter cup chopped mint leaves. Toss gently. Serve immediately or slightly chilled.

Freshly Frozen Fruit is a Simple Healthy Summer Recipe

Turning fresh fruit into a guiltless frozen treat is one of the simplest healthy summer recipes.

3 Fruit Freezes

Wash seedless grapes, blueberries, strawberries, and/or raspberries, and pat dry. Place them in the freezer in freezer bags and chill until hard. As a snack, they’re cold, sweet, and crunchy, just like a Popsicle. They’re also great topped with a little plain nonfat yogurt.

4 Simple, Sensational Smoothie

Blend 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (plain or no-sugar-added fruit flavored), one-half cup of fresh berries, a dash of pomegranate juice, and two-thirds cup crushed ice.

5 Fruit on the Barbecue?

Absolutely! The high heat of the grill adds superb flavor because the sugars in the fruit caramelize over the fire, adding deep rich sweetness. Just make sure your cooking grates are nice and clean. (You certainly don’t want fish flavor from the last batch of salmon you grilled.)

Here’s a delicious grilled fruit dessert…

Honeydew Skewers
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  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Meanwhile, cut a ripe honeydew melon into 2-inch, skewer-ready cubes.
  3. Then, in a large bowl, combine one-quarter cup freshly squeezed lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of minced fresh ginger (use 2 teaspoons if you’re a big fan of ginger).
  4. Add the honeydew cubes to the bowl, toss to coat, and let stand for about 5 minutes.
  5. Thread honeydew cubes onto skewers and grill for about 3 to 4 minutes, till slightly soft and starting to brown.
Recipe Notes

Serve skewers atop your favorite fat-free sorbet or ice cream. Life is a banquet!

 

6 Veggie Burger Tropical

Here’s a winner from our lunch menu at the Pritikin Longevity Center, compliments of Pritikin’s Executive Chef Anthony Stewart. At the same time you’re grilling veggie burgers, grill big thick rings of fresh pineapple. Then, slap them on top of your burger (instead of cheese). “Our guests love these burgers!” smiles Anthony.

Healthy Summer Recipe for Fruit Salsa

Spice up seafood, salads or even an omelette with one of healthy summer recipes for fruit salsa that are served to guests at the Pritikin Center.

7 Salsa Delight

Venture beyond typical tomato-based salsas with another new creation from Chef Anthony and his culinary team – Peach, Mango, and Papaya Salsa. After cutting up the fruit into small cubes, toss them gently with lime juice and freshly chopped cilantro. What a fabulous topping for everything from seafood to egg white omelets.

8 Potluck Winner

Want a colorful, yummy salad for your summer potluck parties? We recommend a very popular one in the dining room at the Pritikin Longevity Center – Cantaloupe, Honeydew, and Watermelon Salad with a hint of ginger juice. “Marvelous!” says Chef Anthony.

9 Rich and Creamy

Plain, fat-free versions of Greek-style yogurt are so rich and creamy you’ll swear they’re full fat.

For a satisfying summer snack, sweeten your yogurt naturally with fresh fruit like strawberries and blueberries. So much flavor, so little time in the kitchen!

If you want a tad more sweetness to cut the tartness of the Greek yogurt, simply swirl in a packet of sucralose (Splenda) or stevia (such as SweetLeaf).

10 Post-Beach Pleasures

Stopping off with the kids for a treat on your way home from the beach? Be a great role model and avoid the fat bombs. Just a half cup of a full-fat premium ice cream like Ben & Jerry’s Butter Pecan has 260 calories and 20 grams of fat, 8 of them saturated. That’s more artery-damaging saturated fat than a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder!

Instead, pull into a frozen yogurt parlor (a half-cup serving is often just 110 calories and 0 grams of fat). Choose a parlor that sports a big bar of various fruit toppings — berries, mangoes, and more. All those reds, purples, greens, and oranges truly look like candy! We’re making no promises, but the kiddies might actually choose a fruit topping over the sprinkles.

11 Peaches For Dinner?

Yes! Try this masterpiece:

Baked Halibut With Orange-Peach Glaze
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place fish fillets in large glass or ceramic ovenproof baking dish.
  2. Lightly spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion until golden brown; then add the peaches, orange juice, allspice, and low-sodium soy sauce. Bring to a boil and cook briefly, about 2 minutes. Pour the sauce over the fish and place in the oven. Bake the fish until done and fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately with the sauce spooned over the top of each fillet.

12 Blueberry Balsamic Bliss

Here’s another winner from the chefs at the Pritikin Longevity Center. Blueberry Balsamic Sauce is a superb accompaniment to chicken breast, seafood like salmon, or naturally lean game meat like venison or grass-fed, free-range bison, and it’s so simple to make. As Chef Anthony encourages, “If you can boil water, you can do this!”

In a small saucepan on the stove, simply bring to a boil one-half cup of balsamic vinegar and 2 cups of fresh blueberries. Reduce heat and stir regularly until mixture is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.  Keep warm.  Ladle your Blueberry Balsamic Sauce over your entrees (you should have enough sauce for 4 servings). Garnish each entree with a few fresh blueberries.

Chocolate’s okay, but I prefer a really intense fruit taste. You know when a peach is absolutely perfect… it’s sublime.Kathy Mattea, Country music performer

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