Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, right? Maybe not so much, if you’re dealing with the need to limit salt, sugar, carbs and saturated fat. Yes, ALL of the above, not just one thing! What’s a patient (or spouse) to do? Check out our best hacks for healthy summer cooking!
- Create your own dressings for salads and slaw! The commercial dressings you’ll find in the stores are all loaded with fat, sugar, sodium, or some combination of all. No worries — try out our recipes for Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing, the Slaw Dressing for our Crunchy, Healthy Slaw, Green Kale and Herb Sauce, and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (no roasting required!).
- Enjoy no-heat meals, like our latest recipe, Broccoli Steak Salad, our ultra-healthy Quinoa Bowl, with its many variations, or our Chicken Salad (an organic rotisserie chicken is great for this, to avoid having to heat up your kitchen). For easy summer low-carb appetizers or snacks, serve the chicken salad on pieces of sweet red, yellow and orange peppers! Or jalapenos, if you want to spice it up a bit.
- Mix your own delicious cold drinks that are free of caffeine, chemicals, sugar and alcohol. Buy sparkling water and put it in to chill, then create a fruity or herbal syrup by steeping mint leaves, basil, lime, berries or whatever summer flavors you like, in water. Sweeten it with your favorite sweetener, then put a tablespoon or two in your sparkling water and garnish with some basil or mint. Or, simply infuse filtered water with berries, a bit of watermelon, mint and/or citrus fruits for a refreshing and healthy summer drink.
- Grilling doesn’t have to mean hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs and other high saturated fat foods and sauces! Try our juicy turkey burgers, or grill some fresh fish and create healthy fish tacos. And don’t forget the vegetables! Grilled asparagus is just one example of a delicious summer option for the abundant supply of fresh vegetables. No outdoor grill? Consider the indoor grill featured on our Products We Love page!
- Get creative with the best local produce and abundance from the farmers markets! Drop some cucumber slices and thinly sliced onions into a mild vinegar and water mixture (like a rice vinegar mixed with white balsamic vinegar), then add the marinated mix to some fresh, halved cherry tomatoes. You’ll have an easy and yummy side dish that’s low in salt, sugar, saturated fat and carbs. Or, marinate your favorite vegetables in a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then toss them on a grill with some no-sodium seasoning.