Check out these crave-able, easy breezy summer recipes that will make this season the best yet!
This summer, we’re trying to eat as simply and freshly as possible. We’re talking refreshing smoothie bowls, grab-and-go foods, easy appetizers and mouth-watering desserts — with minimal effort.
When the sun is out and the weather is warm, it’s all about sitting on the patio and enjoying good food and company. All in good health, of course!
That means less time in the kitchen and more time doing what you love. Sound good? It does to me!
Fill Up on This Season’s Finest Foods
It’s time to fill up on this season’s finest with these insanely easy and ridiculously fresh recipes to tantalize your taste buds. To top things off, we’re even recommending our favorite dessert — mini cheesecakes. Yep, you read that right — Heaven on Earth.
But before we dig into those recipe ideas, here’s a few tips to keep these summer recipes healthy for you and your family.
Tips and Tricks to Keep Summer Foods Healthy
You’re ready to indulge in some delicious bbq foods, light salads and delightful flavor combinations, right? I’m there with you. Just because these foods are easy and light doesn’t mean they have to be unhealthy.
Here are a few tips and tricks to remember so you can make simple AND healthy foods this summer.
- Choose healthy oils. Ditch the canola and other seed oils — they are NOT heart-healthy despite the misleading labels. Choose olive oil for anything you’re drizzling over uncooked such as salads, dressings, marinades, etc. Choose avocado oil for grilling, baking or sauteing. Go with coconut oil for baking.
- Read the labels. Seriously, just take a few seconds and glance at the ingredient label before buying anything. Skip out on artificial colors, preservatives and even the sneaky “natural flavoring” label that isn’t natural at all.
- Go organic. Try to pick organic produce and meat if you can. There’s no need to add pesticide residue, hormones or antibiotics to your menu if you don’t need to. Plus, non-organic foods are linked to higher cancer rates — and to be completely honest — they don’t taste nearly as good either. The flavor has been drained along with the nutrients due to those nasty unnecessary chemicals.
With these tips, your summer will be the healthiest and most delicious yet! Alrighty, let’s get you those family-friendly summer recipes you’re sure to love.
Elderberry Smoothie Bowl
Ready for the ultimate summer breakfast? Actually, enjoy this healthy smoothie bowl for breakfast, lunch, dinner, as a snack or even for dessert. It’s creamy, dreamy and delightfully refreshing.
The best part? It keeps your body balanced and your mind energized. Plus, it’s super easy to make, quick to clean up and delightful to eat.
Baked Brie With Elderberry, Honey & Pecans
This rich and creamy baked brie round topped with elderberry syrup, honey and pecans is a crowd favorite — and it only takes a few minutes to prepare!
It makes the perfect appetizer or quick snack served alongside a plate of crackers and veggies.
Healthy Elderberry Popsicles — Three Ways
These Elderberry Popsicles are WAY healthier than your average pop. They’re made with natural and simple ingredients.
With three recipes to choose from — make them fruity, creamy or loaded with greens — whatever your heart desires. Keep the freezer stocked with these, and you’ll surely have big sticky smiles and strong immune-boosted bodies.
Smoky & Sweet Elderberry BBQ Sauce
This homemade BBQ sauce recipe is super quick to make and full of smoky and sweet flavors that are finger-licking good!
It only calls for a handful of ingredients and takes very little time to put together. My kids call it the BEST BBQ SAUCE EVER!
Healthy Berry Crumble
Here’s another tasty elderberry recipe that’s both simple and sweet, just as a crumble should be! A delicious warm berry filling covered with a crumbly sweet mixture that gets even better with a scoop of ice cream on top. The perfect dessert to add to your summer recipes!
This recipe is easily adaptable to become dairy-free and gluten-free. So if you, your family or your dinner guests have diet restrictions — no worries at all.
Elderberry Cherry Smoothie
Sip yourself to a healthier you with this thick, delicious smoothie for breakfast or even dessert — it’s that satisfying and sweet.
This smoothie is an all-time favorite breakfast around here, especially on busy mornings when the kiddos need to take breakfast on the go. It perfectly balances healthy fats, carbs, protein and antioxidants!
No Bake Elderberry Energy Balls
These little balls of energy are awesome! They’re nutritious and make a simple breakfast with a side of yogurt. With just seven ingredients, they’re packed with protein and are gluten-free and dairy-free.
They’re a favorite in my house and seem to disappear faster than I can make them. It’s impossible to just have one. I swear — I’ve tried. It’s just not happening.
Elderberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
Do you love salads in the summer as much as I do? Then get ready to elevate your summer with this classic balsamic vinaigrette with an elderberry twist. It’s creamy, tangy, a little sweet and a whole lot of healthy!
It’s hands down my favorite salad dressing EVER!
Mini Elderberry Cheesecakes
These mini cheesecakes are smooth and creamy with a buttery graham cracker crust, topped with a dab of elderberry sweetness — talk about decadent!
They’re so much easier to make than baking an entire cheesecake but just as impressive and delicious. The crust is effortless to make, the cheesecake filling is smooth and velvety and the elderberry sauce is sweet with a hint of tartness.
Cheers to the Best Summer Recipes Ever
With these delightful summer recipes, you’ll be well on your way to the best season ever.
To keep you headed in that direction, be sure to add a simple dose of elderberry syrup to your morning routine — because a strong immune system means a more robust and healthier you!
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