3 Healthy and Delicious Recipes to Try This Summer

Summertime is finally here — and that means it’s time for cookouts and pool parties. But just because it’s summer, that doesn’t mean you have to eat only ice cream and junk food. Even though the number of fast food restaurants has more than doubled since the 1970s, there are plenty of healthy and easy food options you can make at home. So here are a few healthy and yummy recipes to try this summer.

Ground Turkey Burgers

Burgers are a staple summer food, especially at cookouts or parties. But too much red meat isn’t good for you, even if you’re one of the 76% of consumers who say they buy organic food, like meat, for the health benefits. Fortunately, turkey burgers are a great alternative option. To make some simple ground turkey burgers, you’re going to need:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp mayonaise
  • Salt and pepper

The best thing about these burgers is that they’re so easy to make — all you need to do is combined the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Then, form the meat into burgers and cook them on the grill or stove. Serve on regular hamburger buns with your favorite burger toppings. These burgers will taste so good you won’t even realize they’re healthy!

Macaroni Salad

When it comes to sides, few are as great as macaroni salad. And while it can be unhealthy if you load it up with mayonaise, you can substitute the mayo for a light dressing or vinigrette. This is especially important to do if you’re going to be feeding it to someone with a major allergy, like milk or eggs. But when it’s simply pasta loaded up with vegetables and spices, it makes a light and healthy side dish. To make a simple macaroni salad, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups cooked macaroni
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 3/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayo or alternative dressing

Combine your mayo or dressing with the spices — in a large bowl, combine pasta and chopped vegetables. Cover the macaroni and vegetables with the dressing and enjoy!

Lemon Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

No warm summer night is complete without a cool and refreshing dessert. Or if you’re part of the 25% of the population that waits until the last minute to buy presents, you may find yourself in need of something to bring to a neighborhood party. Fortunately, this frozen dessert is extremely easy to make and so delicious. And all you need is:

  • 12 oz. frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup greek yogurt

All you need to do to make this frozen yogurt is blend all of the ingredients in a blender — you can serve the frozen yogurt right then or put it into a container and pop it in the freezer to save for later. Americans consume about 1.3 pounds of honey per person each year, and it’s a great alternative to added sugar.

Your summer break doesn’t need to consist of eating a ton of unhealthy foods, especially if you’re among the 54% of U.S. adults currently trying to reduce their weight. These simple recipes are great for any summer activity and can keep you feeling your best!

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