Written by: Chrissy Boe, Wellness Coordinator for Agnesian HealthCare
There are so many things to look forward to in the summer from barbecues, camping trips, long weekends at the lake and summer festivals. These are days we wait all year for and are meant to be enjoyed. Summer can be a nice to relax, catch up on house projects, and spend time with friends and family. Now is the time to start planning and thinking about how you can enjoy yourself with all the summer fun you have planned while still eating fresh, light and delicious!
For Beverages: Try freezing fruit like grapes, strawberries and watermelon, and using them to keep your drink cool. It will give you drink a flavor punch and you can eat the fruit once your glass is gone! If you’re out on a boat and get a little queasy, try adding some ginger slices or ginger kombucha since ginger has been shown to help ease nausea.
Try This: Skinny Raspberry Mint Mojito
- 6-7 fresh raspberries plus 6 frozen raspberries
- 7 fresh mint leaves
- 1 Tblspn lime juice
- 1 Tblspn honey
- 2/3 cup sparkling water
Directions: Place fresh raspberries, mint leaves, lime juice, honey in the bottom of your glass. Muddle together so that the raspberries and mint leaves are crushed. Top with frozen raspberries and pour in sparkling soda water. Add mint and raspberries for a garnish.
For snacks: Keep some flax crackers on hand like Nut Thins or Sami’s Bakery Millet & Flax Chips.You can create a skinny Wisconsin Cheese platter by having an assortment of vegan cheese or high quality cheeses, honey and olives to create a healthy assortment. Even if you’re eating a healthier cracker, it can be easy to eat half the box in one sitting! Try using sweet peppers instead of crackers and dip them in hummus instead if you’re tempted to eat more than one serving. Or try a Caprese Skewer for a quick grab and go snack.
Try This: Capreese Skewer
- 30 cherry tomatoes
- 30 mozzarella balls, patted dry with a paper towel
- Basil leaves
- Pepper Balsamic Vinegar
Directions: Using a skewer place a cherry tomato first, then a large basil leaf, followed by a mozzarella ball. Continue to arrange skewers until you have the desired amount needed. Arrange them on a platter and sprinkle with pepper and serve with balsamic vinegar and drizzle some over the top of skewers right before serving to prevent basil leaves from wilting.
For a lunch: When you get hungry and need something a little more filling, try making some Lifesaver Roll Ups using a multi-grain flax wrap. Add some fresh herbs to increase the flavor or add bell peppers for an added crunch.
Try This: Lifesaver Roll Up
- 1/2 cup chopped greens (arugula, spinach, bok choy, etc.)
- ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 8-inch whole-wheat tortilla or flat bread
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard
- 1 tablespoon feta cheese
- 3 slices roast turkey
- 1/4 cucumber, sliced
- 1 teaspoon dried cranberries
- Salt, to taste
Directions: Place the greens in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Spread one tortilla with the mustard, then top with the crumbled feta cheese. Lay roast turkey on top of cheese – and mustard-topped tortilla; top with slices of pear. Cover cucumber with arugula, sprinkle with dried cranberries and roll tightly. Secure wrap with a toothpick and slice into two.