I love a good Sangria on a hot Summer day! I enjoy making my own at home especially because I can choose the fruit and ingredients that go into it. Traditional sangria tends to involve a lot of refined sugar, but I like to just sweeten mine with fruit juice, and plenty of fresh fruit. The recipe I am sharing with you today has a lemonade flavor with the sweetness of white wine and berries and it is really delicious. Perfect for serving at a Summer gathering, I know your guests will love it! Plus, you get your dose of antioxidants from the organic berries so it is a win all around!
In the Summer when fresh veggies are plentiful, I like to make my own salsa. There is nothing like home made salsa, and my favorite kind involves roasted veggies! Roasting them brings out their sweetness and flavor, and makes it a little more rich. The one I am sharing with you today contains plenty of roasted peppers, onions and garlic, and it is simple to make because you just blend it with tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice and voila! Delicious healthy salsa that is good with chips for snacking, or serving over your tacos, or even grilled items. Make this for your next BBQ and it will be a hit!
This is the time of the year to be enjoying fresh, raw vegetables. Like cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers! So, I like to combine them all in a salad with a light vinaigrette dressing to bring out their flavors, and it always turns out delicious and is a hit with my family. This is a good way to get many different vitamins into your diet, eating a variety of veggies, not to mention the fiber that they contain. This is quick and easy to make, and perfect with some grilled protein. You can find all of the veggies for this recipe at Fresh and Natural foods!
Mixing your own cocktails at home is fun and easy! No need to buy a store bought mix, why not blend up your own fruit mix with organic fruit? Mixes often contain loads of sugar which can leave you feeling yucky, so I like to let the fruit do most of the sweetening. The recipe I am sharing with you today is a refreshing drink with fresh organic strawberry puree, sweet smooth bourbon, fresh mint, and lemon. It is the perfect thing to sip while lounging on a patio on a hot day!
Broccoli salads are always a hit at any Summer picnic. So why not make this Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad for your Fourth of July celebration, or next pot luck or gathering? This salad has a sweet rich tasting dressing that is similar to other classic broccoli salads, but it is actually plant based, and made from coconut milk and cashews! You would never be able to guess though, because it tastes just as good as a mayonnaise based dressing. The almonds give the salad a nice crunch, and the cranberries a bit of sweetness. This salad can be made a day ahead of time too if kept chilled, just be sure to mix it well before serving.
Fruit salad is a Summer staple at every picnic and party. But sometimes they can be not so healthy when they are loaded up with things like whipped cream or yogurt with sugar. I like a lighter fruit salad with just a citrus based dressing. Not only is it better for your waistline, but it tastes just as good, the citrus simply allowing the flavors of the fruit to shine! For July 4th, I like a combination of berries and apples to keep the red, white and blue theme going. This salad I am sharing with you today is packed with fiber and antioxidants, and I promise your friends and family will love it!
I love berries this time of the year when they are at their most flavorful and in season! One of my favorite healthy things to make with them is refrigerator jam. It comes together in about 15 minutes, and it is so good! The recipe I am sharing with you today contains only 5 ingredients. Blueberries and lemons are the stars and I add in a little maple syrup to sweeten, and ground chia seeds to thicken it up as well as add a little protein and heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids. It is really delicious and keeps for a few weeks in the refrigerator (if it lasts that long). It is perfect for on toast, stirred into oatmeal, or as a healthy topping for ice cream or cake!
This time of the year is when you want to be out using your grill to make delicious things! Even if you don’t grill meat, there are still many delicious options. Like grilled veggies, or grilled tempeh for example. It develops more flavor when cooked on the grill, and is delicious on a sandwich. The recipe I am sharing with you today is pretty simple to make but really good. You won’t even miss the meat! It is grilled tempeh made with organic Triple Crown BBQ sauce that we sell at Fresh and Natural Foods, flavorful caramelized onions, and fresh baby arugula. If you are gluten free, or prefer a different bread, feel free to swap the baguette out for your favorite bread.
If your Dad is a fan of spicy food, I have the perfect dish to make for him as a side at your Father’s Day BBQ or picnic! It is simple to make, healthy, and suitable for those who eat a gluten free, dairy free, or on a plant based diet. It is a spicy pinto bean dish that comes together in about 20 minutes on the stove and it is perfect paired with a salad, some corn on the cob or anything grilled. It is tasty and good for you too, because it is packed with fiber and protein. I add in fresh cilantro and lime juice at the end to make the flavors pop. This would also be amazing as a taco filling if you have leftovers.
If you are looking for a fast, fresh and easy salad to showcase Summer berries, look no further. I have a simple salad for you that comes together fast, and it is elegant enough to be served to guests, but also easy enough to be made on a weeknight. It combines fresh arugula with organic berries, savory asparagus, and toasted spiced walnuts for a combination that is not only delicious but healthy. It is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and heart healthy oils. This is the perfect light salad to be served alongside a protein, or just as is. It has a light lemon vinaigrette to enhance the flavors of the fruits and veggies. This is something I make often, and it may just become your favorite Summer salad as well!