12 Mouthwatering Summer Treats That WON’T Hurt Your Bikini Belly.
There's something about summer that makes you want to break all the rules. When I was in middle school, I would go movie hopping and then to the fair for fried goods and cotton candy. And to top it all off, I'd have a nice tall cup of ice cold Coca Cola.
But as I grew older, I've learned that treating myself isn't always about "being bad." It's about taking care of my body by eating as clean as possible. Knowing exactly what you're eating is so important to your health, and the best way to do that is to cook your own food or make your own snacks. You can start by selecting pre-existing recipes that fit your budget, schedule, and taste. Soon enough, you'll start making your own recipes.
Below, you'll find 12 delicious summer treats that are better (and better for you) than anything you'll find at your local county fair. The best part? Everything on this list is super easy to make, and they're all tasty enough to satisfy your cravings.
Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
What You'll Need:
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 4 – 6oz vanilla Greek yogurt
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ frozen banana
- ¼ cup raw, uncooked certified gluten-free oats
- ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
- ½ cup ice cubes
Add ingredients to blender in order and blend for about 2 minutes until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Caribbean Grilled Salmon Kabobs, inspired by a trip to St. Luca
What You'll Need (serves 4-6):
- 2 lbs. fresh skinned salmon, cut into 1" cubes
- 2-3 cups of fresh pineapple, cut into 1" cubes
- 1 red onion, cut into 1" cubes
- 15 mini bell peppers (assorted colors)
- 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning spice
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Soak wooden skewers in water for 15-30 minutes and preheat grill to medium high heat/400 degrees.
- Cut salmon into 1" cubes, then pat dry.
- Stir together cajun seasoning spice and garlic powder in a small bowl.
- Season salmon cubes and gently rub to make sure it's coated properly.
- Add red onion, pineapple, bell peppers, and salmon to skewers in an alternating fashion.
- Coat grill grates with olive oil or cooking spray.
- Place kabobs on grill, then cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until thoroughly cooked.
- Remove from grill and enjoy!
Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
What You'll Need (for 18 cheesecake bites):
- 1½ cup raw almonds
- 8-10 medjool dates
- 2 cups raw cashews (soaked overnight)
- 1½ cups fresh strawberries
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup coconut oil (measured after melting)
- juice from 1 lemon
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- After soaking cashews overnight, drain and rinse.
- Now, it's time to prepare the crust. Add dates and almonds to a food processor. Little by little, add water until you see everything clump together.
- Add a layer of crust to the bottom of each muffin cup. You can use silicone muffin liners or regular tin with paper liners. Store in fridge.
- Add all ingredients listed under CHEESECAKE to a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Spoon cheesecake mixture to the top of each muffin cup then place in fridge to chill for at least 6 hours. You can expedite the process by freezing them for a bit. Your cheesecake bites will last for a few weeks in the fridge or for up to 6 months in the freezer.
5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
What You'll Need:
- 4 cups of frozen strawberries
- ½ cup plain yogurt (non-fat or full fat)
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
- Optional: 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
- Add your ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Process the mix until it reaches a creamy texture, about 5 minutes in total.
- Serve frozen yogurt immediately. If you're preparing it for later, store it in an airtight container and pop it into the freezer. It stays good for up to 1 month.
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