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[caption id="attachment_43129" align="alignnone" width="620"]Easy One-Pot Pesto Chicken Recipe Photo by Alexa Schrim[/caption]

Dirty dishes are our nemesis, which is why we created this one-pot baked chicken recipe. Everything can be sautéd and baked in just one oven-safe skillet, so you won't have a mountain of pots and pans to clean up after dinner. It's a win for your taste buds, too — the recipe doesn’t skimp on gooey mozzarella and Parmesan but it's still roughly 300 calories a serving. Every bite bursts with flavor from sun-dried tomato pesto and heart-healthy garlic. Did we mention it takes a quick 30 minutes to whip up? Make it tonight for a light and fuss-free dinner.

RELATED: 16 Healthy Chicken Recipes That Don’t Suck

[caption id="attachment_43146" align="alignnone" width="620"]Easy One-Pot Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe Photos by Alexa Schrim[/caption]

Easy One-Pot Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium zucchini, cubed
1 eggplant, cubed
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup sun-dried tomato pesto
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1 pound chicken breasts, sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
5 slices mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Parmesan cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Pour olive oil into a large, oven-safe skillet, and warm over medium heat.
  3. Sauté eggplant and zucchini with garlic for two to three minutes. Once vegetables soften, remove from heat.
  4. Add cherry tomatoes to the skillet and stir in sun-dried tomato pesto.
  5. On a cutting board, season chicken strips with salt and pepper to taste. Next, lay the chicken strips on top of mixed vegetables, pushing them down a bit so some of the vegetables come to the top.
  6. Spread marinara sauce on the chicken. Lay the mozzarella cheese on top and place skillet in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese before serving.

Pro Tips

  • Don’t have an oven-friendly skillet? Simply use a regular skillet and transfer sautéed ingredients to a casserole dish before baking.

For more recipes from Alexa, visit Simple Roots Wellness.

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Easy One-Pot Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe

[caption id="attachment_43129" align="alignnone" width="620"]Easy One-Pot Pesto Chicken Recipe Photo by Alexa Schrim[/caption] Dirty dishes are our nemesis, which is why we created this one-pot baked chicken recipe. Everything can be sautéd and baked in just one oven-safe skillet, so you won't have a mountain of pots and pans to clean up after dinner. It's a win for your taste buds, too — the recipe doesn’t skimp on gooey mozzarella and Parmesan but it's still roughly 300 calories a serving. Every bite bursts with flavor from sun-dried tomato pesto and heart-healthy garlic. Did we mention it takes a quick 30 minutes to whip up? Make it tonight for a light and fuss-free dinner. RELATED: 16 Healthy Chicken Recipes That Don’t Suck [caption id="attachment_43146" align="alignnone" width="620"]Easy One-Pot Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe Photos by Alexa Schrim[/caption]

Easy One-Pot Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe

Serves: 6 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes [skinnybox]

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium zucchini, cubed 1 eggplant, cubed 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 1/2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup sun-dried tomato pesto 1/2 cup marinara sauce 1 pound chicken breasts, sliced Salt and pepper, to taste 5 slices mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil Parmesan cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Pour olive oil into a large, oven-safe skillet, and warm over medium heat.
  3. Sauté eggplant and zucchini with garlic for two to three minutes. Once vegetables soften, remove from heat.
  4. Add cherry tomatoes to the skillet and stir in sun-dried tomato pesto.
  5. On a cutting board, season chicken strips with salt and pepper to taste. Next, lay the chicken strips on top of mixed vegetables, pushing them down a bit so some of the vegetables come to the top.
  6. Spread marinara sauce on the chicken. Lay the mozzarella cheese on top and place skillet in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese before serving.

Pro Tips

  • Don’t have an oven-friendly skillet? Simply use a regular skillet and transfer sautéed ingredients to a casserole dish before baking.
For more recipes from Alexa, visit Simple Roots Wellness.

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11 Healthy Zucchini Recipes for Low-Carb Meals http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-zucchini-recipes-low-carb-meals/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-zucchini-recipes-low-carb-meals/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:15:44 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=43012 Healthy Zucchini Recipes

11 Healthy Zucchini Recipes for Low-Carb Meals

The best thing about zucchini is its versatility: You can shred it, slice it, dice it, stuff it — the possibilities are nearly endless. Whether it’s mixed into a breakfast muffin batter or sliced on top of pizza or burgers, we can’t get enough of this seasonal vegetable (or is it a fruit?). During the hot summer months, the lean, green squash is easy to find at your local farmers market or grocer so you’ve got no excuse not to use it. To help get you started, we’ve rounded up 11 irresistible zucchini recipes that bring out the best in the naturally low-calorie, low-carb ingredient.

RELATED: 10 Beat-the-Heat Summer Smoothie Recipes

11 Delicious Lower-Carb Zucchini Recipes

Vietnamese Zucchini Noodle Bowl

1. Vietnamese Zucchini Noodle Bowl
If you’ve never tried zoodles — aka zucchini noodles — dive into the tasty trend with this Vietnamese-inspired recipe. The firm noodles stand in for rice. The result? A fresh, guilt-free dish that stops hunger in its tracks. Keep things vegetarian or top your zoodles with a protein of your choosing for a heartier meal. Photo and recipe: Marisa / Uproot from Oregon

RELATED: 12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

Baked Parmesan Zucchini

2. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks
Finger food doesn’t get healthier (or easier) than this. Since they’re baked, these zucchini spears are much better for you than your average French fries. Not in the mood for zucchini? The recipe would work just as well with summer squash, or even a more sturdy squash, such as butternut. Photo and recipe: Chungah / Damn Delicious

Zucchini Bread Pancake Recipe

3. Zucchini Bread Pancakes
Any pancake lover will happily devour a short-stack of these colorful flapjacks. Each serving packs a half-cup serving of vegetables — so put them on your weekend brunch rotation, stat! A hint of sugar in the batter adds just the right amount of sweetness, while toasted pecans deliver texture and crunch. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

RELATED: 10 Delicious Protein Pancake Recipes

Zucchini Portabello Burger Recipe

4. Portobello Burger with Zucchini
Skip the pickles — thin slices of grilled zucchini can deliver a satisfying crunch at your next cookout. (Now why didn’t we think of this before?) Vegan BBQ mayo and baby greens bring this Portobello burger to new heights of deliciousness. Photo and recipe: Julie / Small Green Kitchen

Healthy Zucchini Muffins

5. Honey Olive Oil Zucchini Muffins
Using half whole-wheat flour, half white flour lightens up these muffins while still keeping them light and fluffy. Plus, shredded zucchini is the secret to perfectly moist treats. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Ostrom / Pinch of Yum

RELATED: 15 Healthy No-Bake Dessert Recipes

Firey Szechuan Peanut and Chili Zucchini Noodles

6. Fiery Szechuan Peanut and Chili Zucchini Noodles
Tahini and peanut butter create a creamy, rich base for the sauce for this Asian-inspired zoodles recipe, while chili oil adds a spicy kick. Feel free to skip the recommended regular pasta and double the zucchini for a meal lower in calories and carbs. Pro tip: Simply toss cooked noodles with sauce in the same bowl you’ll use for serving. Photo and recipe: Tieghan Gerard / Half Baked Harvest 

Zucchini Greek Yogurt Brownies

7. Gluten-Free Greek Yogurt Zucchini Brownies
You’ve never had gluten-free brownies quite like these! Each square offers four grams of protein, thanks to vegan protein powder and Greek yogurt. Applesauce stands instead of oil or butter, which lightens up the recipe even more. (If you don’t have applesauce on hand, canned pumpkin or mashed banana work just as well.) Photo and recipe: The Big Man’s World

Zucchini Noodles Zoodles Recipe

8. Zucchini Noodles and Meatballs
When the craving for classic spaghetti and meatballs hits, give this low-calorie, low-carb version a shot. Instead of beef, these slimmed-down meatballs rely on lean turkey for protein with less cholesterol. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

Ricotta Squash Blossom Pizza Recipe

9. Ricotta and Squash Blossom Pizza
Zucchini and squash blossoms are only in season for just a few weeks in the middle of summer, and this pizza puts them to good use. Pair the seasonal duo on a whole-wheat pizza dough for an extra dose of fiber. Photo and recipe: Maryanne / The Little Epicurean

RELATED: 7 Delicious Low-Carb Pizza Recipes

Couscous Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

10. Israeli Couscous-Stuffed Zucchini
None of our favorite green vegetable goes to waste in this satisfying meal that boasts Israeli couscous, onion, bell peppers and basil. If you can find them, Eight-Ball Zucchinis work perfectly for this recipe. (Purchase eight instead of four, as the recipe indicates!) Otherwise, conventional zucchinis halved lengthwise will do. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by DailyBurn

Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips

11. Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips
A half-inch slice of this snack bread comes in at just 128 calories and 13 grams of sugar. (Some have up to 27 grams of sugar per slice!) Applesauce and shredded zucchini maintain a delicate texture while keeping this bread low in fat. Skip the chocolate chips if you’re keeping a close eye on sugar. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by DailyBurn

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Healthy Zucchini Recipes

11 Healthy Zucchini Recipes for Low-Carb Meals The best thing about zucchini is its versatility: You can shred it, slice it, dice it, stuff it — the possibilities are nearly endless. Whether it’s mixed into a breakfast muffin batter or sliced on top of pizza or burgers, we can’t get enough of this seasonal vegetable (or is it a fruit?). During the hot summer months, the lean, green squash is easy to find at your local farmers market or grocer so you’ve got no excuse not to use it. To help get you started, we’ve rounded up 11 irresistible zucchini recipes that bring out the best in the naturally low-calorie, low-carb ingredient. RELATED: 10 Beat-the-Heat Summer Smoothie Recipes

11 Delicious Lower-Carb Zucchini Recipes

Vietnamese Zucchini Noodle Bowl 1. Vietnamese Zucchini Noodle Bowl If you’ve never tried zoodles — aka zucchini noodles — dive into the tasty trend with this Vietnamese-inspired recipe. The firm noodles stand in for rice. The result? A fresh, guilt-free dish that stops hunger in its tracks. Keep things vegetarian or top your zoodles with a protein of your choosing for a heartier meal. Photo and recipe: Marisa / Uproot from Oregon RELATED: 12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time Baked Parmesan Zucchini 2. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks Finger food doesn’t get healthier (or easier) than this. Since they’re baked, these zucchini spears are much better for you than your average French fries. Not in the mood for zucchini? The recipe would work just as well with summer squash, or even a more sturdy squash, such as butternut. Photo and recipe: Chungah / Damn Delicious Zucchini Bread Pancake Recipe 3. Zucchini Bread Pancakes Any pancake lover will happily devour a short-stack of these colorful flapjacks. Each serving packs a half-cup serving of vegetables — so put them on your weekend brunch rotation, stat! A hint of sugar in the batter adds just the right amount of sweetness, while toasted pecans deliver texture and crunch. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn RELATED: 10 Delicious Protein Pancake Recipes Zucchini Portabello Burger Recipe 4. Portobello Burger with Zucchini Skip the pickles — thin slices of grilled zucchini can deliver a satisfying crunch at your next cookout. (Now why didn’t we think of this before?) Vegan BBQ mayo and baby greens bring this Portobello burger to new heights of deliciousness. Photo and recipe: Julie / Small Green Kitchen Healthy Zucchini Muffins 5. Honey Olive Oil Zucchini Muffins Using half whole-wheat flour, half white flour lightens up these muffins while still keeping them light and fluffy. Plus, shredded zucchini is the secret to perfectly moist treats. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Ostrom / Pinch of Yum RELATED: 15 Healthy No-Bake Dessert Recipes Firey Szechuan Peanut and Chili Zucchini Noodles 6. Fiery Szechuan Peanut and Chili Zucchini Noodles Tahini and peanut butter create a creamy, rich base for the sauce for this Asian-inspired zoodles recipe, while chili oil adds a spicy kick. Feel free to skip the recommended regular pasta and double the zucchini for a meal lower in calories and carbs. Pro tip: Simply toss cooked noodles with sauce in the same bowl you’ll use for serving. Photo and recipe: Tieghan Gerard / Half Baked Harvest  Zucchini Greek Yogurt Brownies 7. Gluten-Free Greek Yogurt Zucchini Brownies You’ve never had gluten-free brownies quite like these! Each square offers four grams of protein, thanks to vegan protein powder and Greek yogurt. Applesauce stands instead of oil or butter, which lightens up the recipe even more. (If you don’t have applesauce on hand, canned pumpkin or mashed banana work just as well.) Photo and recipe: The Big Man’s World Zucchini Noodles Zoodles Recipe 8. Zucchini Noodles and Meatballs When the craving for classic spaghetti and meatballs hits, give this low-calorie, low-carb version a shot. Instead of beef, these slimmed-down meatballs rely on lean turkey for protein with less cholesterol. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn Ricotta Squash Blossom Pizza Recipe 9. Ricotta and Squash Blossom Pizza Zucchini and squash blossoms are only in season for just a few weeks in the middle of summer, and this pizza puts them to good use. Pair the seasonal duo on a whole-wheat pizza dough for an extra dose of fiber. Photo and recipe: Maryanne / The Little Epicurean RELATED: 7 Delicious Low-Carb Pizza Recipes Couscous Stuffed Zucchini Recipe 10. Israeli Couscous-Stuffed Zucchini None of our favorite green vegetable goes to waste in this satisfying meal that boasts Israeli couscous, onion, bell peppers and basil. If you can find them, Eight-Ball Zucchinis work perfectly for this recipe. (Purchase eight instead of four, as the recipe indicates!) Otherwise, conventional zucchinis halved lengthwise will do. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by DailyBurn Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips 11. Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips A half-inch slice of this snack bread comes in at just 128 calories and 13 grams of sugar. (Some have up to 27 grams of sugar per slice!) Applesauce and shredded zucchini maintain a delicate texture while keeping this bread low in fat. Skip the chocolate chips if you’re keeping a close eye on sugar. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by DailyBurn

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15 Paleo-Friendly Recipe Substitutions http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/paleo-diet-recipes/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/paleo-diet-recipes/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:15:51 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=19850 15 Paleo-Friendly Recipe Substitutions

15 Paleo-Friendly Recipe Substitutions

 

Eat like a king even when you’re living like a caveman! If you’re going paleo, there are still plenty of delicious recipes to make your tummy and taste buds happy. The Paleo diet, which has gone from diet fad to lifestyle mainstay, is based on the philosophy that our bodies function best when fueled by foods accessible to humans who lived over 200,000 years ago. Accordingly, many foods modern humans enjoy (dairy, grains, fruit juices and legumes — we’re looking at you!) are off limits. But for those looking to go paleo without compromising flavor or creativity, we’ve rounded up or favorite recipe substitutions (with paleo-friendly sample recipes to get you cooking). Going primal never tasted so good!

RELATED: 20 Delicious Paleo Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

Oatless-Oatmeal

1. Oatless Oatmeal (instead of regular oatmeal)
If you’re scrambling for a paleo breakfast option that isn’t scrambled eggs, look no further. This egg white, flaxseed meal and banana “oatmeal” is simple, satisfying and takes only five minutes to make on a stovetop. Sprinkle yours with berries or a drizzle of honey for a sweet a.m. treat. Photo and recipe: Clare / Fitting It All In

Cauliflower Hummus

2. Cauliflower Hummus (instead of chickpea hummus)
This inventive recipe for paleo-friendly hummus will have your friends and family thinking it’s the standard chickpea spread. Blend steamed cauliflower in a food processor, season to taste, and get dipping! Photo and recipe: Carmel / Our Fifth House

Homemade Larabars Recipe

3. Homemade Larabars (instead of granola energy bars)
Energy bars are a great option for when you need to fuel up on-the-go, but most bars have oats, added sugars and preservatives. These paleo-friendly date and almond bars take only 10 minutes to make, so you can easily whip some up whenever hunger strikes! Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by DailyBurn

Potential Almond Shortage

4. Almond Butter (instead of peanut butter)
All you need to satisfy your nut butter craving is almonds, salt and a food processor. Almond butter actually has more fiber and fewer carbohydrates than peanut butter, so it’s a healthy choice whatever your dietary restrictions. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

Zucchini-Noodles

5. Zucchini Spaghetti (instead of pasta)
Paleo pasta is possible! Check out this ingenius guide to making your own gluten-free zucchini noodles (aka zoodles!). Stir-fry them or microwave them for a more traditional cooked pasta texture. Photo and recipe: Michelle / nom nom paleo

Paleo-Mayo

6. Paleo Mayo (instead of mayonnaise)
Store-bought mayonnaise has soybean or sunflower oil, which are off limits for primal eaters. Though this recipe doesn’t require a blender (win!), you’ll need some elbow grease to whisk the oil and egg yolk together. If you want to get fancy, use your DIY mayo in these spicy salmon cucumber bitesPhoto and recipe: Michelle / nom nom paleo

Paleo-Yogurt-Pots

7. Coconut Milk Yogurt Pots (instead of yogurt)
Move over, dairy — there’s a new way to do yogurt. Use coconut milk and grass-fed gelatin to get a creamy Greek-style yogurt that’s 100 percent paleo-friendly. Add lime juice for a tangy taste, or vanilla if you prefer your yogurt sweet. Photo and recipe: Rach / Meatified

Plantain-Chips

8. Plantain Chips (instead of potato chips)
These crisps are sure to satisfy those salty-crunchy cravings. But be warned! They will lose their crispness after about an hour. (Is that permission to eat them all yourself? We’ll leave that one up to you.) Photo and recipe: Belle and Beau / Our Savory Life

Coffee-Chocolate-Chip-Ice-Cream

9. Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (instead of gelato)
Indulge in creamy “gelato” by using coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. Although you’ll have to wait overnight for this recipe, your taste buds will be rewarded for their patience! Photo and recipe: Adriana / Living Healthy With Chocolate

RELATED: 15 Healthier Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

 Kale-Chips

10. Kale Chips (instead of potato chips)
Finally, a crunchy snack you won’t feel guilty scarfing down. These baked kale chips are nutritious and delicious — win win! Make sure your washed kale is completely dry (which, unfortunately, can take up to four hours) before coating with oil and baking. Photo and recipe: Amy / The Connection We Share

Almond-Milk

11. Almond Milk (instead of cow’s milk)
Instead of shelling out for expensive branded almond milk, try this easy recipe for versatile, non-dairy milk. Just soak and blend store-bought almonds and you’ll have a delicious and nutritious drink that will stay fresh for up to five days. Recipe: Renee Blair / Life by DailyBurn

Teriyaki-Chicken

12. Coconut Aminos (instead of soy sauce)
No soy allowed? No problem! You can still enjoy Asian-inspired dishes, like this teriyaki chicken, by opting for coconut aminos in place of soy sauce. Check the international food aisle in your local supermarket. Photo and recipe: Trina / Paleo Newbie

Cauliflower-Rice

13. Cauliflower Rice (for white rice)
When rice is a no-go, make your own cauliflower “grains” by using a food processor. This foolproof recipe is perfect as a base for stir-frys or as a dinner side. Make a big batch and bring it for lunch for a paleo-proofed week. Photo and recipe: Michelle / nom nom paleo

 

Collard Wraps

14. Collard Greens (instead of tortillas)
Forgo traditional corn and flour tortillas and use a collard green to make these Raw Rainbow Collard Greens Wraps. To make these completely paleo-friendly, use the cauliflower hummus from above instead of chickpea-based hummus. (Stuffing your face is optional.) Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

Almond-Flour 

15. Homemade Almond Flour (for white flour)
Almond flour is more than twice as expensive as white flour, but you’ll save money by making your own. Use your DIY flour for gluten-free baking right away or later — the flour will stay good in a freezer for up to three months. Photo and recipe: Megan / Detoxinista

Originally posted August 2013, updated August 2015. 

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15 Paleo-Friendly Recipe Substitutions

15 Paleo-Friendly Recipe Substitutions   Eat like a king even when you’re living like a caveman! If you’re going paleo, there are still plenty of delicious recipes to make your tummy and taste buds happy. The Paleo diet, which has gone from diet fad to lifestyle mainstay, is based on the philosophy that our bodies function best when fueled by foods accessible to humans who lived over 200,000 years ago. Accordingly, many foods modern humans enjoy (dairy, grains, fruit juices and legumes — we’re looking at you!) are off limits. But for those looking to go paleo without compromising flavor or creativity, we’ve rounded up or favorite recipe substitutions (with paleo-friendly sample recipes to get you cooking). Going primal never tasted so good! RELATED: 20 Delicious Paleo Recipes for Every Meal of the Day Oatless-Oatmeal 1. Oatless Oatmeal (instead of regular oatmeal) If you’re scrambling for a paleo breakfast option that isn’t scrambled eggs, look no further. This egg white, flaxseed meal and banana “oatmeal” is simple, satisfying and takes only five minutes to make on a stovetop. Sprinkle yours with berries or a drizzle of honey for a sweet a.m. treat. Photo and recipe: Clare / Fitting It All In Cauliflower Hummus 2. Cauliflower Hummus (instead of chickpea hummus) This inventive recipe for paleo-friendly hummus will have your friends and family thinking it’s the standard chickpea spread. Blend steamed cauliflower in a food processor, season to taste, and get dipping! Photo and recipe: Carmel / Our Fifth House Homemade Larabars Recipe 3. Homemade Larabars (instead of granola energy bars) Energy bars are a great option for when you need to fuel up on-the-go, but most bars have oats, added sugars and preservatives. These paleo-friendly date and almond bars take only 10 minutes to make, so you can easily whip some up whenever hunger strikes! Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by DailyBurn Potential Almond Shortage 4. Almond Butter (instead of peanut butter) All you need to satisfy your nut butter craving is almonds, salt and a food processor. Almond butter actually has more fiber and fewer carbohydrates than peanut butter, so it’s a healthy choice whatever your dietary restrictions. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn Zucchini-Noodles 5. Zucchini Spaghetti (instead of pasta) Paleo pasta is possible! Check out this ingenius guide to making your own gluten-free zucchini noodles (aka zoodles!). Stir-fry them or microwave them for a more traditional cooked pasta texture. Photo and recipe: Michelle / nom nom paleo Paleo-Mayo 6. Paleo Mayo (instead of mayonnaise) Store-bought mayonnaise has soybean or sunflower oil, which are off limits for primal eaters. Though this recipe doesn’t require a blender (win!), you’ll need some elbow grease to whisk the oil and egg yolk together. If you want to get fancy, use your DIY mayo in these spicy salmon cucumber bitesPhoto and recipe: Michelle / nom nom paleo Paleo-Yogurt-Pots 7. Coconut Milk Yogurt Pots (instead of yogurt) Move over, dairy — there’s a new way to do yogurt. Use coconut milk and grass-fed gelatin to get a creamy Greek-style yogurt that’s 100 percent paleo-friendly. Add lime juice for a tangy taste, or vanilla if you prefer your yogurt sweet. Photo and recipe: Rach / Meatified Plantain-Chips 8. Plantain Chips (instead of potato chips) These crisps are sure to satisfy those salty-crunchy cravings. But be warned! They will lose their crispness after about an hour. (Is that permission to eat them all yourself? We’ll leave that one up to you.) Photo and recipe: Belle and Beau / Our Savory Life Coffee-Chocolate-Chip-Ice-Cream 9. Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (instead of gelato) Indulge in creamy “gelato” by using coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. Although you’ll have to wait overnight for this recipe, your taste buds will be rewarded for their patience! Photo and recipe: Adriana / Living Healthy With Chocolate RELATED: 15 Healthier Homemade Ice Cream Recipes  Kale-Chips 10. Kale Chips (instead of potato chips) Finally, a crunchy snack you won’t feel guilty scarfing down. These baked kale chips are nutritious and delicious — win win! Make sure your washed kale is completely dry (which, unfortunately, can take up to four hours) before coating with oil and baking. Photo and recipe: Amy / The Connection We Share Almond-Milk 11. Almond Milk (instead of cow’s milk) Instead of shelling out for expensive branded almond milk, try this easy recipe for versatile, non-dairy milk. Just soak and blend store-bought almonds and you’ll have a delicious and nutritious drink that will stay fresh for up to five days. Recipe: Renee Blair / Life by DailyBurn Teriyaki-Chicken 12. Coconut Aminos (instead of soy sauce) No soy allowed? No problem! You can still enjoy Asian-inspired dishes, like this teriyaki chicken, by opting for coconut aminos in place of soy sauce. Check the international food aisle in your local supermarket. Photo and recipe: Trina / Paleo Newbie Cauliflower-Rice 13. Cauliflower Rice (for white rice) When rice is a no-go, make your own cauliflower “grains” by using a food processor. This foolproof recipe is perfect as a base for stir-frys or as a dinner side. Make a big batch and bring it for lunch for a paleo-proofed week. Photo and recipe: Michelle / nom nom paleo   Collard Wraps 14. Collard Greens (instead of tortillas) Forgo traditional corn and flour tortillas and use a collard green to make these Raw Rainbow Collard Greens Wraps. To make these completely paleo-friendly, use the cauliflower hummus from above instead of chickpea-based hummus. (Stuffing your face is optional.) Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn Almond-Flour  15. Homemade Almond Flour (for white flour) Almond flour is more than twice as expensive as white flour, but you’ll save money by making your own. Use your DIY flour for gluten-free baking right away or later — the flour will stay good in a freezer for up to three months. Photo and recipe: Megan / Detoxinista Originally posted August 2013, updated August 2015. 

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12 Corn Recipes to Make Before Summer Is Over http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-corn-recipes-summer/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-corn-recipes-summer/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:15:53 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=42843 12 Corn Recipes to Make Before Summer Is Over

12 Corn Recipes to Make Before Summer Is Over

One of the best things about the late summer is the abundance of affordable, fresh local corn overflowing at farmer’s markets, grocery stores and roadside stands nationwide. And while the easiest way to enjoy it may be right off the cob, this starchy vegetable is much more versatile than its usual role as a BBQ-worthy side. Before summer’s bounty is all gone till next year, try your hand at one of these 12 inventive corn recipes: from healthier corn fritters to casseroles, and even a surprise dessert, too.

RELATED: The Breakfast That Could Help You Eat 50 Percent Less at Lunch

12 Corn Recipes to Try, Stat

Grilled Chicken with Barley-Corn Salad

1. Grilled Chicken with Barley-Corn Salad
Sometimes, the best salads actually skip the greens completely. Here, the combination of barley and corn stands in as a hearty base. Flavor-packed grilled chicken that’s been marinated in a fresh cherry tomato vinaigrette sits atop for a bowl of pure deliciousness. Make this recipe gluten-free by using brown rice or quinoa in place of the barley. Photo and recipe: Kristin / Iowa Girl Eats

Healthy Mexican Casserole

2. Healthy Mexican Casserole with Roasted Corn and Peppers
This vegetarian and gluten-free Mexican-inspired casserole is loaded with fiber-rich veggies and beans, which will help keep you full hours after you’ve taken your last bite. Plus, since each serving comes in under 250 calories, you can feel good about topping it off with a big scoop of guacamole — one of these nine recipes should do the trick! Photo and recipe: Lindsay / Pinch of Yum

RELATED: The 10 Best Healthy Airport Meals

Mexican Corn on the Cob

3. Mexican Corn on the Cob
Traditional Mexican street corn (known as elote) is slathered with mayonnaise, butter and cheese — not exactly the healthiest way to enjoy a vegetable. Thankfully, this recipe offers the same rich, tangy flavor, but with far fewer calories and fat. Skip the mayo and keep your taste buds happy with a modest sprinkling of feta or cojita cheese, chili powder, coriander and lime. Photo and recipe: Ciara / My Fussy Eater

Simple Summer Corn SOup

4. Simple Summer Corn Soup
Red potatoes create the creamy texture in this vegan and gluten-free soup. Corn straight from the cob works best here (the freshness adds so much extra), but canned corn can work in a pinch. Hot tip: Make a huge batch of this soup and freeze in single servings to enjoy year round. Photo and recipe: Minimalist Baker

Grilled Shrimp Salad with Peaches and Corn

5. Summer Shrimp Salad with Grilled Peaches and Fresh Corn
The natural sweetness of fresh, raw corn is highlighted in this recipe alongside juicy grilled peaches and fresh tomatoes. Spicy shrimp and tangy red onion compliment the sweeter flavors perfectly, but any grilled meat or aromatic vegetable (think scallions or shallots) can work just as well. The recipe calls for creamy blue cheese dressing, but if your tomatoes and peaches are juicy enough, you can probably nix it — and save those extra calories, too. Photo and recipe: Andie / Can You Stay for Dinner?

RELATED: What RDs Really Eat: DailyBurn Coach Nora Minno’s Meal Plan

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6. Grilled Flank Steak with Corn and Radish Salad
There’s still plenty of time to fire up the grill, and flank steak is a low-maintenance cut of meat to call on when you’re looking to put dinner on the table fast. Season the steak first and let the flavors sink in while you throw together the salad of crunchy fresh radishes and corn shaved right off the cob. Once the meat is cooked and sliced, plate, then top with a scoop of salad for a nice texture and temperature contrast. Photo and recipe: Sylvia Fountaine / Feasting at Home

Charred Corn Salad with Quinoa 2

7. Charred Corn Salad with Feta, Mint and Quinoa
Got a picnic lined up in the future? We’ve got your recipe. Here, the mixture of corn, quinoa, avocado and feta is great served either cold or room temperature, making it perfectly packable. If you’re making this easy dish ahead of time, don’t mix in the avocado until it’s time to serve to ensure it stays fresh and green. Photo and recipe: Denise / Sweet Peas and Saffron

Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread

8. Jalapeno and Cheese Corn Bread
Even if you’re not a fan of typical corn bread (though we’re not sure why you wouldn’t be!), give this spicy recipe a chance. Extra pops of flavor and texture come courtesy of the fresh corn kernels, jalapeno, scallions and shredded cheddar. There are, though, healthy ingredient swaps, including whole-wheat flour for regular and yogurt in place of milk and margarine. Serve alongside your favorite barbequed meat, or enjoy with soup or chili. Photo and recipe: Miryam / Eat Good 4 Life

RELATED: Cooking for One? 9 Tricks to Kill It in the Kitchen

Corn Fritters

9.  Grilled Corn Fritters
Charred corn adds an end-of-summer kick to these fritters, which can be lightened up by skipping the deep fryer, and pan-frying instead. Not only will you achieve the same crunchy coating, but you’re also slashing a solid dose of fat. These fritters are best served immediately, so gather a crowd and chow down! Photo and recipe: Julie / Table for Two

Corn Quinoa Salad

10. Corn, Black Bean, and Quinoa Salad
With protein-rich black beans and quinoa, this side salad can also make for a great low-cal lunch. Double or even triple this recipe and you have the perfect health-conscious, potluck-ready dish. Each one-cup serving has less than 300 calories and a whopping 12 grams of protein. And who wouldn’t want to chow down on that? Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

Corn Blueberry Salad

11. Corn and Blueberry Salad with Feta
Light, seasonal and perfect for summer, this salad pairs sweet and savory brilliantly together. Fresh corn and sweet blueberries get a bite thanks to a heaping of salty feta cheese and a dash of fresh cilantro. Try serving it as a “salsa” with whole-wheat pita chips or pile atop grilled meat. Photo and recipe: Brandy / Nutmeg Nanny

RELATED: 10 Healthier Gluten-Free Dessert Ideas

El Atol de Elote

12. El Atol de Elote
If you’ve never enjoyed corn as dessert, you need to — and this recipe is exactly the place to start. With a simple ingredient list (corn, cinnamon, sugar and milk), the result is a custard-like treat using the corn’s starch to thicken the mix. That means less fat, without sacrificing any flavor. Photo and recipe: Peter / Souvlaki for the Soul

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12 Corn Recipes to Make Before Summer Is Over

12 Corn Recipes to Make Before Summer Is Over One of the best things about the late summer is the abundance of affordable, fresh local corn overflowing at farmer’s markets, grocery stores and roadside stands nationwide. And while the easiest way to enjoy it may be right off the cob, this starchy vegetable is much more versatile than its usual role as a BBQ-worthy side. Before summer’s bounty is all gone till next year, try your hand at one of these 12 inventive corn recipes: from healthier corn fritters to casseroles, and even a surprise dessert, too. RELATED: The Breakfast That Could Help You Eat 50 Percent Less at Lunch

12 Corn Recipes to Try, Stat

Grilled Chicken with Barley-Corn Salad 1. Grilled Chicken with Barley-Corn Salad Sometimes, the best salads actually skip the greens completely. Here, the combination of barley and corn stands in as a hearty base. Flavor-packed grilled chicken that’s been marinated in a fresh cherry tomato vinaigrette sits atop for a bowl of pure deliciousness. Make this recipe gluten-free by using brown rice or quinoa in place of the barley. Photo and recipe: Kristin / Iowa Girl Eats Healthy Mexican Casserole 2. Healthy Mexican Casserole with Roasted Corn and Peppers This vegetarian and gluten-free Mexican-inspired casserole is loaded with fiber-rich veggies and beans, which will help keep you full hours after you’ve taken your last bite. Plus, since each serving comes in under 250 calories, you can feel good about topping it off with a big scoop of guacamole — one of these nine recipes should do the trick! Photo and recipe: Lindsay / Pinch of Yum RELATED: The 10 Best Healthy Airport Meals Mexican Corn on the Cob 3. Mexican Corn on the Cob Traditional Mexican street corn (known as elote) is slathered with mayonnaise, butter and cheese — not exactly the healthiest way to enjoy a vegetable. Thankfully, this recipe offers the same rich, tangy flavor, but with far fewer calories and fat. Skip the mayo and keep your taste buds happy with a modest sprinkling of feta or cojita cheese, chili powder, coriander and lime. Photo and recipe: Ciara / My Fussy Eater Simple Summer Corn SOup 4. Simple Summer Corn Soup Red potatoes create the creamy texture in this vegan and gluten-free soup. Corn straight from the cob works best here (the freshness adds so much extra), but canned corn can work in a pinch. Hot tip: Make a huge batch of this soup and freeze in single servings to enjoy year round. Photo and recipe: Minimalist Baker Grilled Shrimp Salad with Peaches and Corn 5. Summer Shrimp Salad with Grilled Peaches and Fresh Corn The natural sweetness of fresh, raw corn is highlighted in this recipe alongside juicy grilled peaches and fresh tomatoes. Spicy shrimp and tangy red onion compliment the sweeter flavors perfectly, but any grilled meat or aromatic vegetable (think scallions or shallots) can work just as well. The recipe calls for creamy blue cheese dressing, but if your tomatoes and peaches are juicy enough, you can probably nix it — and save those extra calories, too. Photo and recipe: Andie / Can You Stay for Dinner? RELATED: What RDs Really Eat: DailyBurn Coach Nora Minno’s Meal Plan  Flank Steak with Corn-Radish Salad 2 6. Grilled Flank Steak with Corn and Radish Salad There’s still plenty of time to fire up the grill, and flank steak is a low-maintenance cut of meat to call on when you’re looking to put dinner on the table fast. Season the steak first and let the flavors sink in while you throw together the salad of crunchy fresh radishes and corn shaved right off the cob. Once the meat is cooked and sliced, plate, then top with a scoop of salad for a nice texture and temperature contrast. Photo and recipe: Sylvia Fountaine / Feasting at Home Charred Corn Salad with Quinoa 2 7. Charred Corn Salad with Feta, Mint and Quinoa Got a picnic lined up in the future? We’ve got your recipe. Here, the mixture of corn, quinoa, avocado and feta is great served either cold or room temperature, making it perfectly packable. If you’re making this easy dish ahead of time, don’t mix in the avocado until it’s time to serve to ensure it stays fresh and green. Photo and recipe: Denise / Sweet Peas and Saffron Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread 8. Jalapeno and Cheese Corn Bread Even if you’re not a fan of typical corn bread (though we’re not sure why you wouldn’t be!), give this spicy recipe a chance. Extra pops of flavor and texture come courtesy of the fresh corn kernels, jalapeno, scallions and shredded cheddar. There are, though, healthy ingredient swaps, including whole-wheat flour for regular and yogurt in place of milk and margarine. Serve alongside your favorite barbequed meat, or enjoy with soup or chili. Photo and recipe: Miryam / Eat Good 4 Life RELATED: Cooking for One? 9 Tricks to Kill It in the Kitchen Corn Fritters 9.  Grilled Corn Fritters Charred corn adds an end-of-summer kick to these fritters, which can be lightened up by skipping the deep fryer, and pan-frying instead. Not only will you achieve the same crunchy coating, but you’re also slashing a solid dose of fat. These fritters are best served immediately, so gather a crowd and chow down! Photo and recipe: Julie / Table for Two Corn Quinoa Salad 10. Corn, Black Bean, and Quinoa Salad With protein-rich black beans and quinoa, this side salad can also make for a great low-cal lunch. Double or even triple this recipe and you have the perfect health-conscious, potluck-ready dish. Each one-cup serving has less than 300 calories and a whopping 12 grams of protein. And who wouldn’t want to chow down on that? Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn Corn Blueberry Salad 11. Corn and Blueberry Salad with Feta Light, seasonal and perfect for summer, this salad pairs sweet and savory brilliantly together. Fresh corn and sweet blueberries get a bite thanks to a heaping of salty feta cheese and a dash of fresh cilantro. Try serving it as a “salsa” with whole-wheat pita chips or pile atop grilled meat. Photo and recipe: Brandy / Nutmeg Nanny RELATED: 10 Healthier Gluten-Free Dessert Ideas El Atol de Elote 12. El Atol de Elote If you’ve never enjoyed corn as dessert, you need to — and this recipe is exactly the place to start. With a simple ingredient list (corn, cinnamon, sugar and milk), the result is a custard-like treat using the corn’s starch to thicken the mix. That means less fat, without sacrificing any flavor. Photo and recipe: Peter / Souvlaki for the Soul

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Asian-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/chicken-lettuce-wraps-recipe/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/chicken-lettuce-wraps-recipe/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:15:34 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=42865 Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

[caption id="attachment_42871" align="alignnone" width="620"]Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe Photo by Alexa Schrim[/caption]

Inspired by the Szechuan lettuce wraps at Chinese restaurants, this chicken lettuce wraps recipe has bold flavor and an irresistible crunch. Doused in a slightly spicy sauce, the filling is loaded with sweet bell peppers, snow pea pods, and shredded chicken. With fewer than 400 calories per serving, the protein-packed dish is an easy weeknight meal that tastes just as good the next day. (Hello, lunch leftovers!) Prefer to cut back on carbs or to follow a gluten-free diet? It’s a cinch to simply leave out the rice when assembling your wraps, or to use a tamari sauce in place of soy sauce.

RELATED: 15 Healthy Lettuce Wraps for Low-Carb Lunches

[caption id="attachment_42869" align="alignnone" width="620"]Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe Photos by Alexa Schrim[/caption]

Asian-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Serves 4 

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

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Ingredients

For the filling:
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup sliced peppers
1 cup sliced shitake mushrooms
1 cup snow pea pods, cut in half diagonally
2 cups shredded chicken
8 Chinese cabbage leaves, with the ribs cut out
2 cups cooked brown rice

For the sauce:
4 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari sauce)
4 tablespoons chicken broth
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1-2 teaspoons chili paste
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder (cornstarch)

For the garnish:
Roasted peanuts, chopped
Cilantro, chopped
Green onions, thinly sliced

Preparation

  1. Place coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add vegetables and sauté until tender.
  2. While vegetables are cooking, make sauce by combining soy sauce, chicken broth, rice vinegar, chili paste, honey, ginger and garlic cloves in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer for five minutes.
  3. Add in arrowroot powder to the sauce and whisk constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Once vegetables are tender, add in shredded chicken. Pour sauce over chicken and vegetables and mix everything together.
  5. To serve, take one cabbage leaf and spoon in a small amount of rice, then top with chicken and veggie mixture. Add additional sauce if desired.
  6. Garnish with chopped peanuts, cilantro and sliced green onions.

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Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

[caption id="attachment_42871" align="alignnone" width="620"]Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe Photo by Alexa Schrim[/caption] Inspired by the Szechuan lettuce wraps at Chinese restaurants, this chicken lettuce wraps recipe has bold flavor and an irresistible crunch. Doused in a slightly spicy sauce, the filling is loaded with sweet bell peppers, snow pea pods, and shredded chicken. With fewer than 400 calories per serving, the protein-packed dish is an easy weeknight meal that tastes just as good the next day. (Hello, lunch leftovers!) Prefer to cut back on carbs or to follow a gluten-free diet? It’s a cinch to simply leave out the rice when assembling your wraps, or to use a tamari sauce in place of soy sauce. RELATED: 15 Healthy Lettuce Wraps for Low-Carb Lunches [caption id="attachment_42869" align="alignnone" width="620"]Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe Photos by Alexa Schrim[/caption]

Asian-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Serves 4  Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes [skinnybox]

Ingredients

For the filling: 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 cup sliced peppers 1 cup sliced shitake mushrooms 1 cup snow pea pods, cut in half diagonally 2 cups shredded chicken 8 Chinese cabbage leaves, with the ribs cut out 2 cups cooked brown rice

For the sauce: 4 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari sauce) 4 tablespoons chicken broth 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1-2 teaspoons chili paste 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder (cornstarch)

For the garnish: Roasted peanuts, chopped Cilantro, chopped Green onions, thinly sliced

Preparation

  1. Place coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add vegetables and sauté until tender.
  2. While vegetables are cooking, make sauce by combining soy sauce, chicken broth, rice vinegar, chili paste, honey, ginger and garlic cloves in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer for five minutes.
  3. Add in arrowroot powder to the sauce and whisk constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Once vegetables are tender, add in shredded chicken. Pour sauce over chicken and vegetables and mix everything together.
  5. To serve, take one cabbage leaf and spoon in a small amount of rice, then top with chicken and veggie mixture. Add additional sauce if desired.
  6. Garnish with chopped peanuts, cilantro and sliced green onions.
For more recipes form Alexa, visit Simple Roots Wellness.

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Strawberry, Spinach and Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/strawberry-spinach-chicken-salad-recipe/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/strawberry-spinach-chicken-salad-recipe/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 13:15:28 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=42670 Strawberry, Spinach and Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe

[caption id="attachment_42691" align="alignnone" width="620"]Strawberry, Spinach and Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe Photo by Lee Hersh[/caption]

When paired together, feta and summer strawberries make an irresistible combination of salty and sweet. Sprinkle them on grilled chicken and a bed of leafy dark greens and you’ve got yourself a protein-packed salad that does not disappoint in the flavor department. Each serving has less than five grams of sugar and roughly 20 grams of protein, so you’ll stay satisfied without overindulging in the sweet stuff. Best of all, this chicken salad recipe is foolproof — even the most novice chefs will be able to whip up this easy dinner in 15 minutes or less.

RELATED: 15 Healthy Chicken Recipes That Don’t Suck

[caption id="attachment_42690" align="alignnone" width="620"]Strawberry, Spinach and Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe Photos by Lee Hersh[/caption]

Strawberry, Spinach and Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe

Serves: 2

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15

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Ingredients

For the chicken salad:
2 medium chicken breasts
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
4 cups spinach (packed)
½ cup chopped strawberries
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
¼ cup chopped pecans

For the Dijon balsamic vinaigrette:
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Pinch of salt

Preparation

For the grilled chicken:

  1. Preheat the grill to 400ºF degrees.
  2. Season chicken breasts with garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Grill the chicken breasts, covered, for 6-8 minutes on each side. Before removing from grill, cut into the center of the chicken breasts to see if they’ve cooked completely. If they’re still pink, continue cooking.

For the salad:

  1.  In a medium-size bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the vinaigrette until you have a consistent mixture.
  2. Place two cups of spinach in each bowl. Then, top with feta cheese, pecans, strawberries, grilled chicken breast, and two tablespoons of your homemade vinaigrette.

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Strawberry, Spinach and Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe

[caption id="attachment_42691" align="alignnone" width="620"]Strawberry, Spinach and Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe Photo by Lee Hersh[/caption] When paired together, feta and summer strawberries make an irresistible combination of salty and sweet. Sprinkle them on grilled chicken and a bed of leafy dark greens and you’ve got yourself a protein-packed salad that does not disappoint in the flavor department. Each serving has less than five grams of sugar and roughly 20 grams of protein, so you’ll stay satisfied without overindulging in the sweet stuff. Best of all, this chicken salad recipe is foolproof — even the most novice chefs will be able to whip up this easy dinner in 15 minutes or less. RELATED: 15 Healthy Chicken Recipes That Don’t Suck [caption id="attachment_42690" align="alignnone" width="620"]Strawberry, Spinach and Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe Photos by Lee Hersh[/caption]

Strawberry, Spinach and Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe

Serves: 2 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15 [skinnybox]

Ingredients

For the chicken salad: 2 medium chicken breasts ½ teaspoon garlic powder Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste 4 cups spinach (packed) ½ cup chopped strawberries ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese ¼ cup chopped pecans

For the Dijon balsamic vinaigrette: 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ½ tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard Pinch of salt

Preparation

For the grilled chicken:
  1. Preheat the grill to 400ºF degrees.
  2. Season chicken breasts with garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Grill the chicken breasts, covered, for 6-8 minutes on each side. Before removing from grill, cut into the center of the chicken breasts to see if they’ve cooked completely. If they’re still pink, continue cooking.
For the salad:
  1.  In a medium-size bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the vinaigrette until you have a consistent mixture.
  2. Place two cups of spinach in each bowl. Then, top with feta cheese, pecans, strawberries, grilled chicken breast, and two tablespoons of your homemade vinaigrette.

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Chicken and Zoodles Asian Stir-Fry Recipe http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/chicken-zoodles-stir-fry-recipe/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/chicken-zoodles-stir-fry-recipe/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:15:24 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=42625 Healthy Chicken and Zoodles Asian Stir-Fry Recipe

[caption id="attachment_42632" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Chicken and Zoodles Asian Stir-Fry Recipe Photo by Alexa Schirm[/caption]

Toss that takeout menu — there’s a better way to enjoy noodle bowls. By swapping in spiralized zucchini (aka zoodles) for pan-fried noodles, you’ll have a lower-carb dinner that mimics the texture of regular noodle entrées. Plus, this healthy mix of chicken and sautéed vegetables coated in a sticky Asian sauce has the same sweet and savory flavor of your favorite Asian stir-fry recipe. Sprinkle peanuts, green onion and cilantro on top and you’ve got a feast for your eyes and stomach!

RELATED: 30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinners

[caption id="attachment_42637" align="alignnone" width="620"]Chicken and Zoodles Asian Stir-Fry Recipe Photos by Alexa Schirm[/caption]

Chicken and Zoodles Asian Stir-Fry Recipe

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Serves 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes 

Ingredients

For the stir-fry:
1 large zucchini, spiralized
1 package (16 oz) mushrooms
1 cup chicken, shredded
2 cups broccoli florets
1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil

For the sauce:
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon sriracha
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
6 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari sauce)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
6 tablespoons olive oil

For the garnish:
Chopped cilantro
Chopped peanuts
Sliced green onions

Preparation

  1. In a large sauté pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and add the zucchini noodles. Cook until they soften slightly, then remove from heat and set aside in a bowl.
  2. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to your pan and add in mushrooms, bell pepper and broccoli. Cook until tender.
  3. In another small saucepan, add garlic, sriracha, rice vinegar, honey, tamari sauce, lemon juice, and olive oil. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently until sauce begins to simmer. Remove from heat.
  4. Once the sliced mushrooms and chopped broccoli are tender, add in the shredded chicken and zucchini noodles. Mix together.
  5. Pour the sauce on and mix until it coats everything.
  6. Sprinkle chopped cilantro, peanuts and sliced green onions on the stir-fry before serving.

Pro Tip

For stickier noodles, you can dust the cooked zucchini noodles in tapioca starch.

For more recipes form Alexa, visit Simple Roots Wellness

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Healthy Chicken and Zoodles Asian Stir-Fry Recipe

[caption id="attachment_42632" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Chicken and Zoodles Asian Stir-Fry Recipe Photo by Alexa Schirm[/caption] Toss that takeout menu — there’s a better way to enjoy noodle bowls. By swapping in spiralized zucchini (aka zoodles) for pan-fried noodles, you’ll have a lower-carb dinner that mimics the texture of regular noodle entrées. Plus, this healthy mix of chicken and sautéed vegetables coated in a sticky Asian sauce has the same sweet and savory flavor of your favorite Asian stir-fry recipe. Sprinkle peanuts, green onion and cilantro on top and you’ve got a feast for your eyes and stomach! RELATED: 30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinners [caption id="attachment_42637" align="alignnone" width="620"]Chicken and Zoodles Asian Stir-Fry Recipe Photos by Alexa Schirm[/caption]

Chicken and Zoodles Asian Stir-Fry Recipe

[skinnybox] Serves 4 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes 

Ingredients

For the stir-fry: 1 large zucchini, spiralized 1 package (16 oz) mushrooms 1 cup chicken, shredded 2 cups broccoli florets 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the sauce: 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon sriracha 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 tablespoons honey 6 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari sauce) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 6 tablespoons olive oil

For the garnish: Chopped cilantro Chopped peanuts Sliced green onions

Preparation

  1. In a large sauté pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and add the zucchini noodles. Cook until they soften slightly, then remove from heat and set aside in a bowl.
  2. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to your pan and add in mushrooms, bell pepper and broccoli. Cook until tender.
  3. In another small saucepan, add garlic, sriracha, rice vinegar, honey, tamari sauce, lemon juice, and olive oil. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently until sauce begins to simmer. Remove from heat.
  4. Once the sliced mushrooms and chopped broccoli are tender, add in the shredded chicken and zucchini noodles. Mix together.
  5. Pour the sauce on and mix until it coats everything.
  6. Sprinkle chopped cilantro, peanuts and sliced green onions on the stir-fry before serving.

Pro Tip

For stickier noodles, you can dust the cooked zucchini noodles in tapioca starch.

For more recipes form Alexa, visit Simple Roots Wellness

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White Sangria Recipe with Strawberries http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/strawberry-rhubarb-sangria/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/strawberry-rhubarb-sangria/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:15:07 +0000 http://daily-burn.sta.oomphcloud.com/?p=15541 Strawberry Sangria

[caption id="attachment_15546" align="alignnone" width="620"]Strawberry Sangria Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

What better food combination to signal the start of summer than strawberries and rhubarb? Unfortunately, it usually comes in the form of sugary pie. Our guilt-free solution: A refreshing, fruit-filled sangria. By swapping out the sugar in simple syrup with a natural sweetener, such as Truvia, we whittled this recipe down to just five grams of sugar per serving. Bonus: Each glass is loaded with vitamin C to give your immune system a fruitful boost. Cheers to that!

RELATED: 15 Cocktails Under 150 Calories

[caption id="attachment_42522" align="alignnone" width="620"]Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria Recipe Photos: Perry Santanachote (top); Pond5 (bottom)[/caption]

White Sangria Recipe with Strawberries

Serves 8

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

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Ingredients

3 1/2 tablespoons Truvia
1/2 cup water
2 rhubarb stalks, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 orange)
1 orange, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered
4 cups (32 oz) chilled seltzer
1 bottle (25 oz) chilled Prosecco or dry sparkling white wine
Ice

Preparation

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the sweetener and water to a boil. Add the rhubarb, reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute.
  2. Transfer mixture to a small bowl and let it cool (place the bowl in an ice bath to speed up the process).
  3. Meanwhile, combine the orange slices, orange juice, strawberries and sparkling wine in a large pitcher.
  4. To serve, add the cooled rhubarb mixture, seltzer and ice. Mix and slightly muddle with a wooden spoon or ladle.

Food for Thought 

Sparkling wines come in a range of sweetness levels, most averaging at around 100 calories per glass. Drinking brut (dry) varieties, which have lower amounts of sugar, can reduce the calories in your cocktail by up to one-third.

Originally posted July 2013. Updated August 2015. 

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Strawberry Sangria

[caption id="attachment_15546" align="alignnone" width="620"]Strawberry Sangria Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption] What better food combination to signal the start of summer than strawberries and rhubarb? Unfortunately, it usually comes in the form of sugary pie. Our guilt-free solution: A refreshing, fruit-filled sangria. By swapping out the sugar in simple syrup with a natural sweetener, such as Truvia, we whittled this recipe down to just five grams of sugar per serving. Bonus: Each glass is loaded with vitamin C to give your immune system a fruitful boost. Cheers to that! RELATED: 15 Cocktails Under 150 Calories [caption id="attachment_42522" align="alignnone" width="620"]Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria Recipe Photos: Perry Santanachote (top); Pond5 (bottom)[/caption]

White Sangria Recipe with Strawberries

Serves 8

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes [skinnybox]

Ingredients

3 1/2 tablespoons Truvia 1/2 cup water 2 rhubarb stalks, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 orange) 1 orange, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices 1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered 4 cups (32 oz) chilled seltzer 1 bottle (25 oz) chilled Prosecco or dry sparkling white wine Ice

Preparation

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the sweetener and water to a boil. Add the rhubarb, reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute.
  2. Transfer mixture to a small bowl and let it cool (place the bowl in an ice bath to speed up the process).
  3. Meanwhile, combine the orange slices, orange juice, strawberries and sparkling wine in a large pitcher.
  4. To serve, add the cooled rhubarb mixture, seltzer and ice. Mix and slightly muddle with a wooden spoon or ladle.

Food for Thought 

Sparkling wines come in a range of sweetness levels, most averaging at around 100 calories per glass. Drinking brut (dry) varieties, which have lower amounts of sugar, can reduce the calories in your cocktail by up to one-third.

Originally posted July 2013. Updated August 2015. 

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Strawberry Rhubarb Thumbprint Cookie Recipe http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/strawberry-rhubarb-thumbprint-cookie-recipe/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/strawberry-rhubarb-thumbprint-cookie-recipe/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:15:08 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=42393 Strawberry Rhubarb Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

[caption id="attachment_42407" align="alignnone" width="620"]Strawberry Rhubarb Thumbprint Cookie Recipe Photo by Alexa Schirm[/caption]

During summertime, sweet strawberry and tart rhubarb are a flavor dream team. But did you know: A slice of strawberry-rhubarb pie is packed with loads of added sugars, coming to roughly 350 calories. But don't blame us for ditching the fat-laden pastry crust. Instead, we dreamed up this gluten-free strawberry-rhubarb thumbprint cookie recipe. Both the cookie base and the filling are sweetened with maple syrup so there’s no refined sugar. A hint of lemon juice brightens the strawberries and rhubarb, which delivers several B-complex vitamins and vitamin K, which promotes bone health. With a crispy cookie and gooey center, these treats are about to become your new favorite dessert.

RELATED: 7 Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

[caption id="attachment_42406" align="alignnone" width="620"]Strawberry Rhubarb Thumbprint Cookie Recipe Photos by Alexa Schirm[/caption]

Strawberry Rhubarb Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Serves 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

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Ingredients

For the filling
1 1/2 cups rhubarb, diced
1 cup strawberries, diced
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

For the cookies
2 cups blanched almond flour
1 cup arrowroot powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the rhubarb, strawberries, maple syrup, water, lemon juice, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil. Continue to stir frequently, while “mashing” the filling with a wooden spoon.
  4. Once the liquid is reduced, turn the heat down and add arrowroot powder. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the almond flour, arrowroot powder and salt.
  6. Add in the vanilla extract, maple syrup and melted coconut oil. Stir until all of the ingredients are combined and your mixture has a cookie dough consistency.
  7. Take a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. (If the dough is sticky, sprinkle a bit of arrowroot powder on your hands for this step.) Place on a cookie sheet and press thumb into center, making a small well.
  8. Once dough is used up, add about a teaspoon of filling to the center of the cookies.
  9. Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Pro Tip

Leftover filling can be refrigerated or frozen for future use.

For more recipes from Alexa, visit Simple Roots Wellness

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Strawberry Rhubarb Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

[caption id="attachment_42407" align="alignnone" width="620"]Strawberry Rhubarb Thumbprint Cookie Recipe Photo by Alexa Schirm[/caption] During summertime, sweet strawberry and tart rhubarb are a flavor dream team. But did you know: A slice of strawberry-rhubarb pie is packed with loads of added sugars, coming to roughly 350 calories. But don't blame us for ditching the fat-laden pastry crust. Instead, we dreamed up this gluten-free strawberry-rhubarb thumbprint cookie recipe. Both the cookie base and the filling are sweetened with maple syrup so there’s no refined sugar. A hint of lemon juice brightens the strawberries and rhubarb, which delivers several B-complex vitamins and vitamin K, which promotes bone health. With a crispy cookie and gooey center, these treats are about to become your new favorite dessert. RELATED: 7 Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes [caption id="attachment_42406" align="alignnone" width="620"]Strawberry Rhubarb Thumbprint Cookie Recipe Photos by Alexa Schirm[/caption]

Strawberry Rhubarb Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes [skinnybox]

Ingredients

For the filling 1 1/2 cups rhubarb, diced 1 cup strawberries, diced 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

For the cookies 2 cups blanched almond flour 1 cup arrowroot powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the rhubarb, strawberries, maple syrup, water, lemon juice, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil. Continue to stir frequently, while “mashing” the filling with a wooden spoon.
  4. Once the liquid is reduced, turn the heat down and add arrowroot powder. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the almond flour, arrowroot powder and salt.
  6. Add in the vanilla extract, maple syrup and melted coconut oil. Stir until all of the ingredients are combined and your mixture has a cookie dough consistency.
  7. Take a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. (If the dough is sticky, sprinkle a bit of arrowroot powder on your hands for this step.) Place on a cookie sheet and press thumb into center, making a small well.
  8. Once dough is used up, add about a teaspoon of filling to the center of the cookies.
  9. Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Pro Tip

Leftover filling can be refrigerated or frozen for future use.

For more recipes from Alexa, visit Simple Roots Wellness

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Protein Rice Krispies Treats Recipe http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/protein-rice-krispies-treats-recipe/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/protein-rice-krispies-treats-recipe/#comments Sun, 09 Aug 2015 13:15:50 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=42191 Protein Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

[caption id="attachment_42204" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Rice Krispies Treats Recipe Photo by Lee Hersh[/caption]

Remember Rice Krispies treats? We put a healthy spin on the chewy-yet-gooey schoolyard favorite. Fuel-6 protein powder gives each treat a whopping eight grams of protein, making these nutty treats much more substantial than regular Rice Krispies, which have just one gram of protein. Plus, for all you peanut butter fans, the all-natural spread replaces processed marshmallows. Our recipe is also low-sugar, vegan and gluten-free, and can be made with just five ingredients! Whip up a batch and store the rest in the fridge or freezer for a delicious grab-n-go snack or dessert.

RELATED: 15 Unexpected Protein Powder Recipes

Protein Rice Krispies Treat Recipe

Protein Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

Serves: 9

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Freeze time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Coconut oil
4 cups brown rice crisps (or classic Rice Krispies)
½ cup all-natural peanut butter (or other nut butter), partially melted
½ cup brown rice syrup
3 scoops Fuel-6 Vanilla Protein Powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation

  1. Grease a 9-inch by 9-inch pan with coconut oil or line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together melted peanut butter, brown rice syrup, protein powder and vanilla until it forms a dough consistency.
  3. Add brown rice crisps to the peanut butter mixture. Use your hands to gently fold the rice crisps into the mixture. Then, pour mixture into the pan.
  4. Using a spatula, spread mixture out evenly and press into pan so the bars are compact.
  5. Place into freezer for at least 30 minutes
  6. Before serving or storing, use a sharp knife to cut your treats into squares.

Pro Tip

Do not substitute honey or agave for brown rice syrup, since this sticky ingredient is essential to the recipe’s texture.

For more recipes from Lee, visit FitFoodieFinds.com.

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Protein Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

[caption id="attachment_42204" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Rice Krispies Treats Recipe Photo by Lee Hersh[/caption]

Remember Rice Krispies treats? We put a healthy spin on the chewy-yet-gooey schoolyard favorite. Fuel-6 protein powder gives each treat a whopping eight grams of protein, making these nutty treats much more substantial than regular Rice Krispies, which have just one gram of protein. Plus, for all you peanut butter fans, the all-natural spread replaces processed marshmallows. Our recipe is also low-sugar, vegan and gluten-free, and can be made with just five ingredients! Whip up a batch and store the rest in the fridge or freezer for a delicious grab-n-go snack or dessert.

RELATED: 15 Unexpected Protein Powder Recipes Protein Rice Krispies Treat Recipe

Protein Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

Serves: 9 [skinnybox] Prep time: 5 minutes Freeze time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Coconut oil 4 cups brown rice crisps (or classic Rice Krispies) ½ cup all-natural peanut butter (or other nut butter), partially melted ½ cup brown rice syrup 3 scoops Fuel-6 Vanilla Protein Powder 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation

  1. Grease a 9-inch by 9-inch pan with coconut oil or line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together melted peanut butter, brown rice syrup, protein powder and vanilla until it forms a dough consistency.
  3. Add brown rice crisps to the peanut butter mixture. Use your hands to gently fold the rice crisps into the mixture. Then, pour mixture into the pan.
  4. Using a spatula, spread mixture out evenly and press into pan so the bars are compact.
  5. Place into freezer for at least 30 minutes
  6. Before serving or storing, use a sharp knife to cut your treats into squares.

Pro Tip

Do not substitute honey or agave for brown rice syrup, since this sticky ingredient is essential to the recipe’s texture.

For more recipes from Lee, visit FitFoodieFinds.com.

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11 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/easy-slow-cooker-recipes-summer/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/easy-slow-cooker-recipes-summer/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:15:05 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=41984 11 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

11 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

Everyone knows that slow cookers are great for hearty winter meals. But they’re also ideal for those steamy summer days when it’s just too hot to turn on the stove. Set that slow cooker to run while you’re out of the house and you won’t even have to deal with the small amount of heat that does come out of your CrockPot.

RELATED: 15 Healthy Recipes for No-Bake Desserts

11 Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Beat the Heat

While traditional slow cooker dishes (think: pot roast) might seem too heavy to enjoy in August, with the right recipe you can have a light, low-calorie meal on the table with very little prep. Plus, many of these recipes can also be made ahead of time and enjoyed cold or at room temperature. Just toss in your ingredients, then head out to cool down at the pool. From breakfast to dinner (and everything between), check out these low-effort recipe ideas below.

Breakfast Recipes (Under 300 Calories)

Easy Slow Cooker Recipe for Quinoa Oatmeal

1. Slow Cooker Quinoa Oatmeal (203 calories)
Just because school’s out doesn’t mean your morning breakfast routine should suffer. With this recipe, oats and quinoa bake overnight to offer a protein and fiber-rich meal. Each pot yields six servings — so if you’re cooking for one portion it into individual containers to enjoy all week long. Don’t forget to add toppings, either. We suggest fresh summer berries, cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup. Photo and Recipe: Chelsea / Chelsea’s Messy Apron

 RELATED: 9 Easy Overnight Oats Recipes

11 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Frittata

2. Slow Cooker Zucchini, Tomato and Feta Frittata (178 calories)
Rather than baking your frittata in the oven, make this protein-packed dish in your slow cooker. In addition to being in-season, shredded zucchini helps your eggs hold their shape. Don’t have any on hand? Spinach, sweet potato or broccoli would work well, too. Dish out your eggs alongside a slice of whole-grain bread or a small salad for a well-rounded meal. Photo and Recipe: Eleni / The Foodie Corner

Snacks & Side Recipes (Under 200 Calories)

Easy Slow Cooker Energy Bars Recipe

3. Slow Cooker Quinoa Energy Bars (157 calories)
Too busy shuttling kids to the camp to sit down for a snack? These energy bars offer the perfect combination of protein and fiber to keep bellies full while on-the-go. Once cooked, the almond butter, quinoa and chia seeds come together to create a thick and gooey bar. Dried fruit adds just enough sweetness, and roasted almonds bring the crunch. Photo and Recipe: Food Faith Fitness

RELATED: 11 No-Bake Energy Bite Recipes

Easy Slow Cooker Bread Recipe

4. Slow Cooker Bread (172 calories)
When it’s 90 degrees and humid, the last thing on anyone’s mind is baking bread. Luckily, it’s easy to make a homemade loaf in a slow cooker without turning your kitchen into a sauna. After it’s done, slather a slice with a scoop of nut butter or some chia jam for a hearty snack. Photo and Recipe: Emma Christensen / The Kitchn

Dinner Recipes (Under 400 Calories)

11 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Curry Bowls

5. Healthy Quinoa Chicken Curry Bowls (315 calories)
If you rely on bland chicken dinners to justify your summer ice cream cravings, we’ve got a treat for you. This low-cal dish is a winner, thanks to its rich mix of curry paste, garam masala, ginger, garlic, onion and tomato paste. Just simmer it in a slow cooker for six hours for a dinner that will be flavor and satisfying. Photo and Recipe: Lindsay / Pinch of Yum

RELATED: 9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Sloppy Joes

6. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Quinoa Sloppy Joes (234 calories)
Sloppy joes are an easy go-to for summer BBQs. But most versions are far from healthy. This one defies that stereotype by packing in 13.5 grams of lean protein per serving, thanks to quinoa and ground turkey breast. Instead of a traditional bun, try serving your ‘joe between two slices of roasted sweet potato instead. Photo and Recipe: Ashley / The Recipe Rebel

Easy Slow Cooker Recipe: Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps

7. Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps with Sesame Cucumber Salad (374 calories)
There’s nothing like a crisp lettuce wrap to cool (and fuel) you on a hot night. The slow cooker works magic by infusing your beef with soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil and garlic chili paste over the course of eight to 10 hours. Don’t skip out on the radish and cucumber salad — the freshness and crunch completes each bite. Photo and Recipe: Denise / Sweet Peas and Saffron

RELATED: 9 Delicious Watermelon Recipes for Summer

Slow Cooker Pork Recipe

8. Slow Cooker Kalua Pig (379 calories)
Yes, this recipe has to cook at least 16 hours. But we promise it’s worth the wait. Plus, it doesn’t get simpler than this: All you need is pork butt, salt and bacon. Even better, leftovers are practically guaranteed. A five-pound roast can easily make 12 servings or more, depending on how you use it. Photo and Recipe: Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo

Spaghetti Squash Slow Cooker Recipe

9. Spaghetti Squash Thai “Noodle” Bowl (145.9 calories)
This noodle bowl boasts all the same flavors as Pad Thai, but with a fraction of the work (and calories!). Instead of rice noodles, low-carb spaghetti squash is topped with steamed broccoli and Thai peanut dressing. Customize the toppings however you like — chopped peanuts, lime wedges, cilantro or Sriracha are sure to satisfy. Photo and Recipe: Amanda Plott / The Skinny Fork

RELATED: 9 Creative Low-Carb Noodle Recipes

Slow Cooker Tostadas Recipe

10. Slow Cooker Beef Tostadas (324 calories)
This Mole-spiced beef tastes just as delicious as it looks — and we bet it pairs well with your favorite summer cocktail, too. Cocoa powder, chipotle chiles, coriander and cumin give the recipe deep, rich flavor. Serve your beef with fresh corn tortillas, or atop a bed of lettuce, and garnish with salsa, avocado and bell peppers. Photo and Recipe: Regan Jones / Healthy Aperture

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken Recipe

11. Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken (334 calories)
It’ll be easier to resist the urge to camp out in front of the AC and order takeout with this recipe in your back pocket. Thanks to a few hours in a slow cooker, the simple sauce (garlic, ginger, soy sauce and lime) infuses protein-rich chicken breasts with a ton of flavor. Pair it with steamed broccoli or cauliflower rice for a low-carb, high-fiber meal. (Pro tip: The recipe calls for store-bought garlic-ginger purée, but you can opt for freshly grated garlic and ginger instead.) Photo and Recipe: Skinny Ms.

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11 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

11 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer Everyone knows that slow cookers are great for hearty winter meals. But they’re also ideal for those steamy summer days when it’s just too hot to turn on the stove. Set that slow cooker to run while you’re out of the house and you won’t even have to deal with the small amount of heat that does come out of your CrockPot. RELATED: 15 Healthy Recipes for No-Bake Desserts

11 Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Beat the Heat

While traditional slow cooker dishes (think: pot roast) might seem too heavy to enjoy in August, with the right recipe you can have a light, low-calorie meal on the table with very little prep. Plus, many of these recipes can also be made ahead of time and enjoyed cold or at room temperature. Just toss in your ingredients, then head out to cool down at the pool. From breakfast to dinner (and everything between), check out these low-effort recipe ideas below.

Breakfast Recipes (Under 300 Calories)

Easy Slow Cooker Recipe for Quinoa Oatmeal 1. Slow Cooker Quinoa Oatmeal (203 calories) Just because school’s out doesn’t mean your morning breakfast routine should suffer. With this recipe, oats and quinoa bake overnight to offer a protein and fiber-rich meal. Each pot yields six servings — so if you’re cooking for one portion it into individual containers to enjoy all week long. Don’t forget to add toppings, either. We suggest fresh summer berries, cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup. Photo and Recipe: Chelsea / Chelsea’s Messy Apron  RELATED: 9 Easy Overnight Oats Recipes 11 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Frittata 2. Slow Cooker Zucchini, Tomato and Feta Frittata (178 calories) Rather than baking your frittata in the oven, make this protein-packed dish in your slow cooker. In addition to being in-season, shredded zucchini helps your eggs hold their shape. Don’t have any on hand? Spinach, sweet potato or broccoli would work well, too. Dish out your eggs alongside a slice of whole-grain bread or a small salad for a well-rounded meal. Photo and Recipe: Eleni / The Foodie Corner

Snacks & Side Recipes (Under 200 Calories)

Easy Slow Cooker Energy Bars Recipe 3. Slow Cooker Quinoa Energy Bars (157 calories) Too busy shuttling kids to the camp to sit down for a snack? These energy bars offer the perfect combination of protein and fiber to keep bellies full while on-the-go. Once cooked, the almond butter, quinoa and chia seeds come together to create a thick and gooey bar. Dried fruit adds just enough sweetness, and roasted almonds bring the crunch. Photo and Recipe: Food Faith Fitness RELATED: 11 No-Bake Energy Bite Recipes Easy Slow Cooker Bread Recipe 4. Slow Cooker Bread (172 calories) When it’s 90 degrees and humid, the last thing on anyone’s mind is baking bread. Luckily, it’s easy to make a homemade loaf in a slow cooker without turning your kitchen into a sauna. After it’s done, slather a slice with a scoop of nut butter or some chia jam for a hearty snack. Photo and Recipe: Emma Christensen / The Kitchn

Dinner Recipes (Under 400 Calories)

11 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Curry Bowls 5. Healthy Quinoa Chicken Curry Bowls (315 calories) If you rely on bland chicken dinners to justify your summer ice cream cravings, we’ve got a treat for you. This low-cal dish is a winner, thanks to its rich mix of curry paste, garam masala, ginger, garlic, onion and tomato paste. Just simmer it in a slow cooker for six hours for a dinner that will be flavor and satisfying. Photo and Recipe: Lindsay / Pinch of Yum RELATED: 9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Sloppy Joes 6. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Quinoa Sloppy Joes (234 calories) Sloppy joes are an easy go-to for summer BBQs. But most versions are far from healthy. This one defies that stereotype by packing in 13.5 grams of lean protein per serving, thanks to quinoa and ground turkey breast. Instead of a traditional bun, try serving your ‘joe between two slices of roasted sweet potato instead. Photo and Recipe: Ashley / The Recipe Rebel Easy Slow Cooker Recipe: Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps 7. Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps with Sesame Cucumber Salad (374 calories) There’s nothing like a crisp lettuce wrap to cool (and fuel) you on a hot night. The slow cooker works magic by infusing your beef with soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil and garlic chili paste over the course of eight to 10 hours. Don’t skip out on the radish and cucumber salad — the freshness and crunch completes each bite. Photo and Recipe: Denise / Sweet Peas and Saffron RELATED: 9 Delicious Watermelon Recipes for Summer Slow Cooker Pork Recipe 8. Slow Cooker Kalua Pig (379 calories) Yes, this recipe has to cook at least 16 hours. But we promise it’s worth the wait. Plus, it doesn’t get simpler than this: All you need is pork butt, salt and bacon. Even better, leftovers are practically guaranteed. A five-pound roast can easily make 12 servings or more, depending on how you use it. Photo and Recipe: Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo Spaghetti Squash Slow Cooker Recipe 9. Spaghetti Squash Thai “Noodle” Bowl (145.9 calories) This noodle bowl boasts all the same flavors as Pad Thai, but with a fraction of the work (and calories!). Instead of rice noodles, low-carb spaghetti squash is topped with steamed broccoli and Thai peanut dressing. Customize the toppings however you like — chopped peanuts, lime wedges, cilantro or Sriracha are sure to satisfy. Photo and Recipe: Amanda Plott / The Skinny Fork RELATED: 9 Creative Low-Carb Noodle Recipes Slow Cooker Tostadas Recipe 10. Slow Cooker Beef Tostadas (324 calories) This Mole-spiced beef tastes just as delicious as it looks — and we bet it pairs well with your favorite summer cocktail, too. Cocoa powder, chipotle chiles, coriander and cumin give the recipe deep, rich flavor. Serve your beef with fresh corn tortillas, or atop a bed of lettuce, and garnish with salsa, avocado and bell peppers. Photo and Recipe: Regan Jones / Healthy Aperture Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken Recipe 11. Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken (334 calories) It’ll be easier to resist the urge to camp out in front of the AC and order takeout with this recipe in your back pocket. Thanks to a few hours in a slow cooker, the simple sauce (garlic, ginger, soy sauce and lime) infuses protein-rich chicken breasts with a ton of flavor. Pair it with steamed broccoli or cauliflower rice for a low-carb, high-fiber meal. (Pro tip: The recipe calls for store-bought garlic-ginger purée, but you can opt for freshly grated garlic and ginger instead.) Photo and Recipe: Skinny Ms.

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Parmesan Carrot Fries Recipe http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-carrot-fries-recipe/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-carrot-fries-recipe/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:15:25 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=42146 Parmesan Carrot Fries Recipe

[caption id="attachment_42152" align="alignnone" width="620"]Parmesan Carrot Fries Recipe Photo by Alexa Schirm[/caption]

Are French fries your guilty pleasure? Swap carrots for spuds and you’ve got a scrumptious stand-in for deep fried taters. Roasting carrots allows their natural sweetness to emerge, and the irresistible combination of a soft interior and crispy finish will seriously impress your taste buds. Each serving of these elegant carrot fries packs a healthy dose of fiber, beta-caroten and vitamin A, which helps promote healthy skin and vision. Top them with a sprinkle of Parmesan and basil and you’ll make the most stubborn vegetable hater a believer!

RELATED: 30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinners

Parmesan Carrot Fries Recipe

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Serves 4 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 pound fresh carrots
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt
Cracked black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
2-3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Peel carrots and cut into thin matchstick slices.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss slices in olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Spread out carrots on a baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the carrots are browned slightly.
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese before serving.

Pro tip

Got leftover fries? Reheat them in the oven at 400°F for five to eight minutes.

[caption id="attachment_42166" align="alignnone" width="620"]Parmesan Carrot Fries Recipe Photo by Alexa Schirm[/caption]

For more recipes from Alexa, visit Simple Roots Wellness.

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Parmesan Carrot Fries Recipe

[caption id="attachment_42152" align="alignnone" width="620"]Parmesan Carrot Fries Recipe Photo by Alexa Schirm[/caption] Are French fries your guilty pleasure? Swap carrots for spuds and you’ve got a scrumptious stand-in for deep fried taters. Roasting carrots allows their natural sweetness to emerge, and the irresistible combination of a soft interior and crispy finish will seriously impress your taste buds. Each serving of these elegant carrot fries packs a healthy dose of fiber, beta-caroten and vitamin A, which helps promote healthy skin and vision. Top them with a sprinkle of Parmesan and basil and you’ll make the most stubborn vegetable hater a believer! RELATED: 30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinners

Parmesan Carrot Fries Recipe

[skinnybox] Serves 4  Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 pound fresh carrots 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt Cracked black pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped 2-3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Peel carrots and cut into thin matchstick slices.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss slices in olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Spread out carrots on a baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the carrots are browned slightly.
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese before serving.

Pro tip

Got leftover fries? Reheat them in the oven at 400°F for five to eight minutes. [caption id="attachment_42166" align="alignnone" width="620"]Parmesan Carrot Fries Recipe Photo by Alexa Schirm[/caption] For more recipes from Alexa, visit Simple Roots Wellness.

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Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches Recipe http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/chocolate-frozen-yogurt-sandwiches/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/chocolate-frozen-yogurt-sandwiches/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:15:57 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=17697 Mini Fro-Yo Sandwiches Nilla Choco

[caption id="attachment_42079" align="alignnone" width="620"]Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Sandwich Recipe Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

If you're like us, you scream for ice cream each summer. But did you know: The sugar-laden cookie sandwiches of your childhood are roughly 270 calories a pop! We knew there had to be a better way to get our summertime licks, so we came up with a simple, low-fat alternative that still has the same feel-good flavor. Made with vanilla wafer cookies and fat-free frozen yogurt, these mini homemade treats are light, refreshing and fun-to-make. Roll them in antioxidant-rich dark chocolate chips for an extra-tempting treat. Go ahead, have three!

RELATED: 15 Healthier Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches Recipe

Yields 12

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

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Ingredients 

1/2 cup fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt, slightly softened
24 reduced-fat vanilla wafer cookies
1 ounce dark chocolate, finely chopped (or use mini chocolate chips)

Preparation

  1. Line a shallow storage container or tray with waxed paper. Put a small scoop of ice cream (about 2 teaspoons) on a cookie; top with another cookie and flatten until filling reaches the cookie edge.
  2. Roll the side of the sandwich in chocolate so it adheres to the ice cream. Place in container or on the tray. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. Place in the freezer to set for at least 30 minutes, or cover and freeze for up to one week.

Pro Tip 

Freeze the sandwiches as you make them. Frozen yogurt melts fast!

Originally posted August 2013. Updated July 2015. 

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Mini Fro-Yo Sandwiches Nilla Choco

[caption id="attachment_42079" align="alignnone" width="620"]Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Sandwich Recipe Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption] If you're like us, you scream for ice cream each summer. But did you know: The sugar-laden cookie sandwiches of your childhood are roughly 270 calories a pop! We knew there had to be a better way to get our summertime licks, so we came up with a simple, low-fat alternative that still has the same feel-good flavor. Made with vanilla wafer cookies and fat-free frozen yogurt, these mini homemade treats are light, refreshing and fun-to-make. Roll them in antioxidant-rich dark chocolate chips for an extra-tempting treat. Go ahead, have three! RELATED: 15 Healthier Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches Recipe

Yields 12 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes [skinnybox]

Ingredients 

1/2 cup fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt, slightly softened 24 reduced-fat vanilla wafer cookies 1 ounce dark chocolate, finely chopped (or use mini chocolate chips)

Preparation

  1. Line a shallow storage container or tray with waxed paper. Put a small scoop of ice cream (about 2 teaspoons) on a cookie; top with another cookie and flatten until filling reaches the cookie edge.
  2. Roll the side of the sandwich in chocolate so it adheres to the ice cream. Place in container or on the tray. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. Place in the freezer to set for at least 30 minutes, or cover and freeze for up to one week.

Pro Tip 

Freeze the sandwiches as you make them. Frozen yogurt melts fast!

Originally posted August 2013. Updated July 2015. 

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12 Energy Bites Recipes that Taste Just Like Dessert http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-dessert-energy-bites-recipes/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-dessert-energy-bites-recipes/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:15:58 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=41947 12 Energy Bites Recipes That Taste Just Like Dessert

12 Healthy Energy Bites Recipes That Taste Like Dessert

Put down the store-bought cookies — these energy bites are a better way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Though they boast decadent flavors like apple pie, snickerdoodle and chocolate chip cookie dough, each recipe is healthy enough to enjoy as a snack, yet indulgent enough to consider as a stand-in for dessert. Instead of sugar and refined flour, whole-food ingredients like oats, nuts, and protein powder will keep hunger at bay.

Ready to get rolling? The fiber-filled bites below come together quickly with just a handful of ingredients and most of the recipes have no cooking or baking required. (Pro tip: If the dough gets too sticky to handle, try wetting your hands before forming the balls.)

RELATED: 11 No-Bake Energy Bites Recipes

12 Energy Bites Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Key Lime Pie Energy Balls

1. Key Lime Pie Energy Bites
A grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegan and paleo treat has never tasted so good. Lime zest and juice bring tropical flavor to these date and nut-based snack balls. The recipe calls for macadamia nuts, but cashews (which are typically less pricey) work just as well. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Every Last Bite

Lemon Pie Coco-Roons

2. Lemon Pie Coco-Roons
Cuckoo for coconuts? These gluten-free and vegan bites are a healthy twist on the classic coconut macaroon cookies. Instead of sugar, maple syrup adds a subtle sweetness. Lemon juice and zest give them a bit of zing! Photo and recipe: Ashley / Spoonful of Flavor

Brownie Cookie Dough Bites

3.  Brownie-Cookie Dough Swirl Protein Balls
For this hybrid recipe, there’s no need to choose between brownies or cookies. Each bite comes in under 100 calories and delivers about six grams of protein (depending on the brand of protein powder used). The two types of dough can be prepared in a pinch, and they’re vegan and gluten-free. Photo and recipe: Lee Hersh / Fit Foodie Finds

RELATED: Protein “Brookies” Cookie Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

4. Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
Enjoy pumpkin pie year round with these easy-to-assemble bites. A scoop of real pumpkin purée delivers heart-healthy fiber, meaning you’ll feel satisfied snacking on just one or two balls. Add a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips if you need a chocolate fix. Photo and recipe: Danae / Recipe Runner

Carrot Cake Power Energy Bites

5. Carrot Cake Power Bites
When hunger hits, these vegan, no-bake, gluten-free snacks will save the day. The morsels are filled with fiber-rich carrots (cooked, to provide a more delicate texture) and Medjool dates. A drizzle of icing on top makes every bite feel like a special treat. Photo and recipe: Coco Morante / The Kitchn

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites

6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls
The next time you get a craving for raw cookie dough, whip up a batch of these grain-free, dairy-free and vegan protein bites. The recipe calls for just five ingredients, and each ball packs five grams of protein. Could there be a better post-workout snack? We don’t think so! Photo and recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 15 Quick and Easy High-Protein Snacks

Nutella Energy Bites

7. Nutella Energy Bites
Everyone’s favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread can be part of a healthy diet when used in moderation. Here, the rich spread is combined with whole-grain oats, coconut, roasted hazelnuts, and omega-3-rich flax seed to create a filling and indulgent bite that can combat any afternoon slump. Photo and recipe: Ali Ebright / Gimme Some Oven

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Energy Bites

8. Dark Chocolate Strawberry Energy Bites
Eat your heart out, chocoholics. Each piece is only 20 calories and packs two grams of protein. Because these chocolaty bites are held together with fruit instead of nut butter, they’re ideal for kids and adults with nut allergies. Plus, the strawberries keep the bites moist. Photo and recipe: Amy / Amy’s Healthy Baking

Oatmeal Raisin No-Bake Energy Bites

9. Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites
While almond butter isn’t a typical ingredient in traditional oatmeal cookies, it helps these fiber-filled bites achieve that signature cookie dough flavor and texture. Don’t have almond butter on hand? Save a trip to the store (and a few dollars!) by swapping in peanut or cashew butter. Photo and recipe: Mindy / Get Creative Juice

Apple Pie Energy Bites

10. Apple Pie Energy Bites
Oats and chopped fresh apples pack two grams of fiber into each of these bites. Make these a bit healthier by skipping the cinnamon chips and adding some raisins or chopped dried cinnamon apples in their place. Photo and recipe: Alaina / Fabtastic Eats

Snickerdoodle Energy Bites

11. Vegan Snickerdoodle Energy Bites
Who can resist the warm spiciness of a good snickerdoodle cookie? Enjoy the same great flavors for a fraction of the calories and fat with these inventive snacks. Dates and maple syrup sweeten the dough, while cashews and puffed quinoa create a cookie-like texture. Photo and recipe: Alyssa / Simply Quinoa

No-Bake Banana Bread Energy Bites

12. No-Bake Banana Bread Bites
You can thank oats, banana, cinnamon, and almond butter for the authentic banana bread flavor in this simple, no-bake recipe. Add mix-ins like walnuts, pecans, or dark chocolate chips to make your snack next-level delicious! Photo and recipe: Stephanie / Eat. Drink. Love

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12 Energy Bites Recipes That Taste Just Like Dessert

12 Healthy Energy Bites Recipes That Taste Like Dessert Put down the store-bought cookies — these energy bites are a better way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Though they boast decadent flavors like apple pie, snickerdoodle and chocolate chip cookie dough, each recipe is healthy enough to enjoy as a snack, yet indulgent enough to consider as a stand-in for dessert. Instead of sugar and refined flour, whole-food ingredients like oats, nuts, and protein powder will keep hunger at bay. Ready to get rolling? The fiber-filled bites below come together quickly with just a handful of ingredients and most of the recipes have no cooking or baking required. (Pro tip: If the dough gets too sticky to handle, try wetting your hands before forming the balls.) RELATED: 11 No-Bake Energy Bites Recipes

12 Energy Bites Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Key Lime Pie Energy Balls 1. Key Lime Pie Energy Bites A grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegan and paleo treat has never tasted so good. Lime zest and juice bring tropical flavor to these date and nut-based snack balls. The recipe calls for macadamia nuts, but cashews (which are typically less pricey) work just as well. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Every Last Bite Lemon Pie Coco-Roons 2. Lemon Pie Coco-Roons Cuckoo for coconuts? These gluten-free and vegan bites are a healthy twist on the classic coconut macaroon cookies. Instead of sugar, maple syrup adds a subtle sweetness. Lemon juice and zest give them a bit of zing! Photo and recipe: Ashley / Spoonful of Flavor Brownie Cookie Dough Bites 3.  Brownie-Cookie Dough Swirl Protein Balls For this hybrid recipe, there’s no need to choose between brownies or cookies. Each bite comes in under 100 calories and delivers about six grams of protein (depending on the brand of protein powder used). The two types of dough can be prepared in a pinch, and they’re vegan and gluten-free. Photo and recipe: Lee Hersh / Fit Foodie Finds RELATED: Protein “Brookies” Cookie Recipe Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites 4. Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites Enjoy pumpkin pie year round with these easy-to-assemble bites. A scoop of real pumpkin purée delivers heart-healthy fiber, meaning you’ll feel satisfied snacking on just one or two balls. Add a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips if you need a chocolate fix. Photo and recipe: Danae / Recipe Runner Carrot Cake Power Energy Bites 5. Carrot Cake Power Bites When hunger hits, these vegan, no-bake, gluten-free snacks will save the day. The morsels are filled with fiber-rich carrots (cooked, to provide a more delicate texture) and Medjool dates. A drizzle of icing on top makes every bite feel like a special treat. Photo and recipe: Coco Morante / The Kitchn Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites 6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls The next time you get a craving for raw cookie dough, whip up a batch of these grain-free, dairy-free and vegan protein bites. The recipe calls for just five ingredients, and each ball packs five grams of protein. Could there be a better post-workout snack? We don’t think so! Photo and recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 15 Quick and Easy High-Protein Snacks Nutella Energy Bites 7. Nutella Energy Bites Everyone’s favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread can be part of a healthy diet when used in moderation. Here, the rich spread is combined with whole-grain oats, coconut, roasted hazelnuts, and omega-3-rich flax seed to create a filling and indulgent bite that can combat any afternoon slump. Photo and recipe: Ali Ebright / Gimme Some Oven Dark Chocolate Strawberry Energy Bites 8. Dark Chocolate Strawberry Energy Bites Eat your heart out, chocoholics. Each piece is only 20 calories and packs two grams of protein. Because these chocolaty bites are held together with fruit instead of nut butter, they’re ideal for kids and adults with nut allergies. Plus, the strawberries keep the bites moist. Photo and recipe: Amy / Amy’s Healthy Baking Oatmeal Raisin No-Bake Energy Bites 9. Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites While almond butter isn’t a typical ingredient in traditional oatmeal cookies, it helps these fiber-filled bites achieve that signature cookie dough flavor and texture. Don’t have almond butter on hand? Save a trip to the store (and a few dollars!) by swapping in peanut or cashew butter. Photo and recipe: Mindy / Get Creative Juice Apple Pie Energy Bites 10. Apple Pie Energy Bites Oats and chopped fresh apples pack two grams of fiber into each of these bites. Make these a bit healthier by skipping the cinnamon chips and adding some raisins or chopped dried cinnamon apples in their place. Photo and recipe: Alaina / Fabtastic Eats Snickerdoodle Energy Bites 11. Vegan Snickerdoodle Energy Bites Who can resist the warm spiciness of a good snickerdoodle cookie? Enjoy the same great flavors for a fraction of the calories and fat with these inventive snacks. Dates and maple syrup sweeten the dough, while cashews and puffed quinoa create a cookie-like texture. Photo and recipe: Alyssa / Simply Quinoa No-Bake Banana Bread Energy Bites 12. No-Bake Banana Bread Bites You can thank oats, banana, cinnamon, and almond butter for the authentic banana bread flavor in this simple, no-bake recipe. Add mix-ins like walnuts, pecans, or dark chocolate chips to make your snack next-level delicious! Photo and recipe: Stephanie / Eat. Drink. Love

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Low-Fat Pesto and Chicken Wrap Recipe http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/pesto-chicken-wrap-recipe/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/pesto-chicken-wrap-recipe/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:15:13 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=41883 Low-Fat Pesto and Chicken Wrap Recipe

[caption id="attachment_41889" align="alignnone" width="620"]Low-Fat Pesto and Chicken Wrap Recipe Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

A pesto without parmesan and pine nuts? Trust us — it’s just as good. Traditional pesto can pack up to 280 calories and 26 grams of fat per serving, so we lightened things up by swapping in heart-healthy almonds instead. Without the extra fat, we knew we couldn't skimp on taste: Prepare for the bold, fresh flavors of basil and lemon to really shine through. We kept the rest of the wrap simple — with chicken breast, tomatoes and lettuce — for just the right amount of protein, fat and carbs to keep you going all afternoon. If you need a healthy meal for lunch, dinner or even a snack — well, it's a wrap.

RELATED: 7 Healthy Lunch Ideas Your Friends Will Want to Steal

Low-Fat Pesto and Chicken Wrap Recipe

Serves 4

Total time: 10 minutes

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Ingredients

For the pesto:
3/4 cup basil
3 tablespoons raw almonds
1/2 garlic clove
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

For the wrap:
4 (10-inch) whole-wheat tortilla wraps
1 pound deli roasted chicken breast
1 roma tomato, sliced thinly
8 romaine lettuce leaves

Preparation

  1. Combine the basil, almonds, garlic and salt in a food processor and pulse until mealy. Gradually add the oil, processing until finely chopped, then pulse in the lemon juice.
  2. Place tortillas on a work surface and spread one tablespoon of pesto on each wrap, leaving a one-inch border around the edges.
  3. Divide chicken and tomato among the wraps and top each with two leaves of lettuce.
  4. Fold in the ends and roll them up tightly; cut in half.

[caption id="attachment_41895" align="alignnone" width="620"]Low-Fat Pesto and Chicken Wrap Recipe Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

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Low-Fat Pesto and Chicken Wrap Recipe

[caption id="attachment_41889" align="alignnone" width="620"]Low-Fat Pesto and Chicken Wrap Recipe Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption] A pesto without parmesan and pine nuts? Trust us — it’s just as good. Traditional pesto can pack up to 280 calories and 26 grams of fat per serving, so we lightened things up by swapping in heart-healthy almonds instead. Without the extra fat, we knew we couldn't skimp on taste: Prepare for the bold, fresh flavors of basil and lemon to really shine through. We kept the rest of the wrap simple — with chicken breast, tomatoes and lettuce — for just the right amount of protein, fat and carbs to keep you going all afternoon. If you need a healthy meal for lunch, dinner or even a snack — well, it's a wrap. RELATED: 7 Healthy Lunch Ideas Your Friends Will Want to Steal

Low-Fat Pesto and Chicken Wrap Recipe

Serves 4 Total time: 10 minutes [skinnybox]

Ingredients

For the pesto: 3/4 cup basil 3 tablespoons raw almonds 1/2 garlic clove 1/8 teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

For the wrap: 4 (10-inch) whole-wheat tortilla wraps 1 pound deli roasted chicken breast 1 roma tomato, sliced thinly 8 romaine lettuce leaves

Preparation

  1. Combine the basil, almonds, garlic and salt in a food processor and pulse until mealy. Gradually add the oil, processing until finely chopped, then pulse in the lemon juice.
  2. Place tortillas on a work surface and spread one tablespoon of pesto on each wrap, leaving a one-inch border around the edges.
  3. Divide chicken and tomato among the wraps and top each with two leaves of lettuce.
  4. Fold in the ends and roll them up tightly; cut in half.
[caption id="attachment_41895" align="alignnone" width="620"]Low-Fat Pesto and Chicken Wrap Recipe Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

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Fudgy Black Bean Brownies Recipe http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/black-bean-brownies-recipe/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/black-bean-brownies-recipe/#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 13:15:31 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=41715 Fudgy Black Bean Brownies Recipe

[caption id="attachment_41766" align="alignnone" width="620"]Fudgy Black Bean Brownies Recipe Photo by Renee Blair[/caption]

We know what you're thinking. This dessert can’t possibly be tasty because it’s vegan, gluten-free and made with beans. But trust us on this one — these black bean brownies are just as rich and moist as ones you’d buy in a bakery. And at just over 100 calories and five grams of sugar per serving, you won’t feel guilty eating one or two. A pinch of sea salt will enhance the fudgy, chocolaty flavor, so don’t skip it!

RELATED: 15 Healthy Recipes for No-Bake Desserts

[caption id="attachment_41735" align="alignnone" width="620"]Fudge Black Bean Brownies Recipe Photo by Renee Blair[/caption]

Fudge Black Bean Brownies Recipe

Serves 12

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

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Ingredients

1 15-ounce can black beans
2 tablespoons chia seeds
6 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup coconut sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease an 8-inch by 8-inch square baking dish with coconut oil. Set aside. Drain and rinse the black beans thoroughly and put them in a food processor.
  2. Combine the chia seeds and water in a small bowl and stir well. Set aside for at least three minutes, or until they start to form a gel. Add the chia gel to the food processor.
  3. Add the coconut oil, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, sea salt, baking powder and vanilla extract (all remaining ingredients except for the walnuts) to the beans in the food processor and blend until nice and smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the baking dish and sprinkle with walnuts. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool at least 30 minutes before cutting the brownies into squares. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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Fudgy Black Bean Brownies Recipe

[caption id="attachment_41766" align="alignnone" width="620"]Fudgy Black Bean Brownies Recipe Photo by Renee Blair[/caption] We know what you're thinking. This dessert can’t possibly be tasty because it’s vegan, gluten-free and made with beans. But trust us on this one — these black bean brownies are just as rich and moist as ones you’d buy in a bakery. And at just over 100 calories and five grams of sugar per serving, you won’t feel guilty eating one or two. A pinch of sea salt will enhance the fudgy, chocolaty flavor, so don’t skip it! RELATED: 15 Healthy Recipes for No-Bake Desserts [caption id="attachment_41735" align="alignnone" width="620"]Fudge Black Bean Brownies Recipe Photo by Renee Blair[/caption]

Fudge Black Bean Brownies Recipe

Serves 12 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes [skinnybox]

Ingredients

1 15-ounce can black beans 2 tablespoons chia seeds 6 tablespoons water 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 3/4 cup coconut sugar 3/4 cup cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease an 8-inch by 8-inch square baking dish with coconut oil. Set aside. Drain and rinse the black beans thoroughly and put them in a food processor.
  2. Combine the chia seeds and water in a small bowl and stir well. Set aside for at least three minutes, or until they start to form a gel. Add the chia gel to the food processor.
  3. Add the coconut oil, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, sea salt, baking powder and vanilla extract (all remaining ingredients except for the walnuts) to the beans in the food processor and blend until nice and smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the baking dish and sprinkle with walnuts. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool at least 30 minutes before cutting the brownies into squares. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/summer-dinners-foil-packet-recipes/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/summer-dinners-foil-packet-recipes/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:15:21 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=41645 9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

Raise your hand if your least favorite part of cooking is the cleanup. (Slowly raises hand, not ashamed.) Whether you’ve got a dishwasher or not, nobody likes staring down a sink full of dirty pots and pans. That’s why foil packet recipes — which require no kitchenwares — are the ideal way to dominate your next dinner.

RELATED: 7 Healthy Fruit Pizza Recipes We’re Obsessed With

And since foil packets act as de facto steam cookers, each meal is pretty darn healthy, too. Simply pop your packet on the grill (our summer cooking method of choice, naturally) or in the oven, and enjoy your flavor-packed first bite. Best of all: Cleanup can be as simple as tossing the used aluminum in the recycling bin.

9 Foil Packet Recipes Perfect for Summer Dinners

Fish Pouches with Bok Choy and Rice

1. Baked Fish with Bok Choy and Brown Rice
Talk about a guilt-free meal: Halibut is a killer source of low-fat protein — and here, the flaky fish bakes on a bed of potassium-packed bok choy. Even with a dollop of herbed butter on top, this meal adds up to only 402 calories. We’ll take it. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

RELATED: Frozen Yogurt vs. Ice Cream: Which Is Healthier?

9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

2. Campfire Chicken Packets with Zucchini, Corn and Cherry Tomatoes
Who says camping can’t be a culinary experience? Forgo franks and beans for this delicious mix of chicken, sausage and garlic-seasoned veggies when you’re absorbing the great outdoors. Pop the packets on the coals of a campfire, then sit back and relax. (And no worries: You can cook this recipe in the oven, too.) Photo and recipe: Serena / Domesticate Me 

9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

3. Garlic Parmesan Broccoli and Potatoes in Foil
Some meals just aren’t complete without a side dish — and this one will satisfy your cravings for both carbs and greens. Pro tip: Look for the smallest red potatoes you can find so they’ll cook at the same rate as your broccoli. Whatever you do, don’t forget the tangy sprinkle of Parmesan on top before serving. Photo and recipe: Chungah / Damn Delicious 

9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

4. Oven Ribs
Promise to cook these babies at your next summer BBQ, and we guarantee all your friends will RSVP yes — even if you’re making them indoors. After all, you can’t go wrong with this dry rub featuring dark brown sugar, paprika, onion powder and chipotle. Even better, they’ll cook for four hours — leaving you free to whip up the cocktails and a few hors d'oeuvres. Photo and recipe: Deb / Smitten Kitchen

9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

5. Grilled Brussels Sprouts
If you drool over crispy oven-baked Brussels sprouts (as you really should, they’re chock-full of health benefits), we have a feeling you’ll like this method just as much. Eliminate the pan and grill ‘em on a simple sheet of foil, instead. Coat with with olive oil and balsamic vinegar first to up the savory taste — and the crunch factor. Photo and recipe: Lee / Fit Foodie Finds

RELATED: 7 Grilling Tips for a Healthier Summer BBQ

9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

6. Summer Grilled Coconut-Lime White Fish Packets
Bring a taste of island living to your own backyard with these coconut, lime and cilantro-infused fish packets. While the recipe calls for fresh ears of corn, frozen will taste just as good if you’re strapped for time (or resources!). Photo and recipe: Jen / The Scrumptious Pumpkin

RELATED: Fire Up the Grill: 11 Healthy Kebab Snacks

9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

7. Grilled Pesto Potatoes
Summer herb gardens are in full bloom, which means its time to smother your freshly made basil-packed pesto over, well, everything. Within 15 minutes of firing up the grill, you’ll be enjoying a serving of potatoes that might just blow away those garlic fries you drooled over at that baseball game. Photo and recipe: Maria and Josh / Two Peas & Their Pod

RELATED: 15 Healthy No-Bake Recipes for Hot Summer Days

9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

8. Tilapia Peach Packets
Nothing screams “summer” more than ripe, juicy peaches. The secret to this sweet dish: Marinating your fish for a whopping 12 to 14 hours. Sounds long, but it will be worth it. Not feeling tilapia? You can make this meal with thinly sliced chicken breasts, too. Photo and recipe: Jessica / How Sweet Eats

9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

9. Foil Packet Soy Lime Salmon with Green Beans
Why order Chinese food when you can pull together these simple fish packets in less than 30 minutes? With each delicious, Asian-inspired bite, you’ll get a dose of heart-healthy omega-3s and plenty of fibrous, filling green beans. Just try your best to wait until the steam disperses before tearing open your packet. Photo and recipe: Shawnda / The Brewer and the Baker

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9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners Raise your hand if your least favorite part of cooking is the cleanup. (Slowly raises hand, not ashamed.) Whether you’ve got a dishwasher or not, nobody likes staring down a sink full of dirty pots and pans. That’s why foil packet recipes — which require no kitchenwares — are the ideal way to dominate your next dinner. RELATED: 7 Healthy Fruit Pizza Recipes We’re Obsessed With And since foil packets act as de facto steam cookers, each meal is pretty darn healthy, too. Simply pop your packet on the grill (our summer cooking method of choice, naturally) or in the oven, and enjoy your flavor-packed first bite. Best of all: Cleanup can be as simple as tossing the used aluminum in the recycling bin.

9 Foil Packet Recipes Perfect for Summer Dinners

Fish Pouches with Bok Choy and Rice 1. Baked Fish with Bok Choy and Brown Rice Talk about a guilt-free meal: Halibut is a killer source of low-fat protein — and here, the flaky fish bakes on a bed of potassium-packed bok choy. Even with a dollop of herbed butter on top, this meal adds up to only 402 calories. We’ll take it. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn RELATED: Frozen Yogurt vs. Ice Cream: Which Is Healthier? 9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners 2. Campfire Chicken Packets with Zucchini, Corn and Cherry Tomatoes Who says camping can’t be a culinary experience? Forgo franks and beans for this delicious mix of chicken, sausage and garlic-seasoned veggies when you’re absorbing the great outdoors. Pop the packets on the coals of a campfire, then sit back and relax. (And no worries: You can cook this recipe in the oven, too.) Photo and recipe: Serena / Domesticate Me  9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners 3. Garlic Parmesan Broccoli and Potatoes in Foil Some meals just aren’t complete without a side dish — and this one will satisfy your cravings for both carbs and greens. Pro tip: Look for the smallest red potatoes you can find so they’ll cook at the same rate as your broccoli. Whatever you do, don’t forget the tangy sprinkle of Parmesan on top before serving. Photo and recipe: Chungah / Damn Delicious  9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners 4. Oven Ribs Promise to cook these babies at your next summer BBQ, and we guarantee all your friends will RSVP yes — even if you’re making them indoors. After all, you can’t go wrong with this dry rub featuring dark brown sugar, paprika, onion powder and chipotle. Even better, they’ll cook for four hours — leaving you free to whip up the cocktails and a few hors d'oeuvres. Photo and recipe: Deb / Smitten Kitchen 9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners 5. Grilled Brussels Sprouts If you drool over crispy oven-baked Brussels sprouts (as you really should, they’re chock-full of health benefits), we have a feeling you’ll like this method just as much. Eliminate the pan and grill ‘em on a simple sheet of foil, instead. Coat with with olive oil and balsamic vinegar first to up the savory taste — and the crunch factor. Photo and recipe: Lee / Fit Foodie Finds RELATED: 7 Grilling Tips for a Healthier Summer BBQ 9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners 6. Summer Grilled Coconut-Lime White Fish Packets Bring a taste of island living to your own backyard with these coconut, lime and cilantro-infused fish packets. While the recipe calls for fresh ears of corn, frozen will taste just as good if you’re strapped for time (or resources!). Photo and recipe: Jen / The Scrumptious Pumpkin RELATED: Fire Up the Grill: 11 Healthy Kebab Snacks 9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners 7. Grilled Pesto Potatoes Summer herb gardens are in full bloom, which means its time to smother your freshly made basil-packed pesto over, well, everything. Within 15 minutes of firing up the grill, you’ll be enjoying a serving of potatoes that might just blow away those garlic fries you drooled over at that baseball game. Photo and recipe: Maria and Josh / Two Peas & Their Pod RELATED: 15 Healthy No-Bake Recipes for Hot Summer Days 9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners 8. Tilapia Peach Packets Nothing screams “summer” more than ripe, juicy peaches. The secret to this sweet dish: Marinating your fish for a whopping 12 to 14 hours. Sounds long, but it will be worth it. Not feeling tilapia? You can make this meal with thinly sliced chicken breasts, too. Photo and recipe: Jessica / How Sweet Eats 9 Foil Packet Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners 9. Foil Packet Soy Lime Salmon with Green Beans Why order Chinese food when you can pull together these simple fish packets in less than 30 minutes? With each delicious, Asian-inspired bite, you’ll get a dose of heart-healthy omega-3s and plenty of fibrous, filling green beans. Just try your best to wait until the steam disperses before tearing open your packet. Photo and recipe: Shawnda / The Brewer and the Baker

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9 Delicious Watermelon Recipes for Summer http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/summer-watermelon-recipes/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/summer-watermelon-recipes/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:15:17 +0000 http://daily-burn.sta.oomphcloud.com/?p=15860 9 Delicious Watermelon Recipes for Summer

9 Delicious Watermelon Recipes for Summer

The easiest way to eat watermelon might be to dive right in with your hands and teeth. But that’s not the only way. Whether you’re in the mood for naturally sweet skewers, spicy salsa or a watermelon slushie, it’s time to take this low-calorie fruit to creative new heights. Did we mention this mega-sized melon is rich in vitamins A and C and antioxidants such as lycopene? Summer just got a whole lot more interesting.

RELATED: 15 Healthy Recipes for No-Bake Desserts

9 Easy Watermelon Recipes

Watermelon-Cucumber-Bites_PS_2

1. Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Bites
Be as cool as a cucumber this summer. These impressive towers of sweet and salty goodness are perfect for party appetizers or as a satisfying snack. A maple-lime glaze makes them next-level delicious! Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

Watermelon-Feta-Arugual-Salad

2. Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad
This easy-to-make salad looks good and tastes even better. Juicy melon balances out bitter greens and salty feta cheese. Drizzle just a bit of olive oil and vinegar on top for a perfectly pleasing, simple dish.  Photo and Recipe: Geraldine / Green Valley Kitchen

Stacked Watermelon Salad

3. Watermelon, Goat Cheese and Pistachio Cubes
This appetizer takes some precision, but it more than pays off in presentation. Cubed watermelon and a smooth layer of goat cheese make the base, while chopped pistachios, shaved red onion and a balsamic vinegar reduction complete the sweet and savory creation. Photo and Recipe: Joanne / Fifteen Spatulas

 Boozy Watermelon Mint Lemonade

4. Boozy Watermelon Mint Lemonade
This hot pink drink is sure to beat the heat with thirst-quenching watermelon and cucumber (both known for their high water content). Amplify the summery flavor with fresh mint leaves and fresh lemon juice. Serve as a virgin lemonade, or booze it up with rum or vodka for a creative cookout cocktail. Photo and Recipe: Morgan / Host the Toast

RELATED: 7 Healthier Summer Popsicle Recipes

Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe

5. Peachy Tomato and Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe
An easy balsamic honey dressing brightens the flavors in this elegant, foolproof fruit salad. Thanks to juicy summer peaches and tomatoes, each bite is packed with vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber. Serve this as a healthy brunch or BBQ side dish. Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Life by DailyBurn 

Watermelon Salsa

6. Sweet and Spicy Watermelon Salsa
Chips and salsa are a fixture at any summer barbeque, but there’s nothing better than a fresh, homemade version rather than the soupy jarred stuff. Though watermelon takes the place of tomatoes, all the other standard salsa fixings make an appearance — red onion, fresh cilantro, cucumber, red pepper and jalapeno pepper. Choose whole-wheat or multigrain chips for a healthier dipper. Photo and Recipe: Christy / Girl Who Ate Everything

Radish Watermelon Bulgar Wheat Salad

7. Radish, Watermelon and Bulgar Wheat Salad
If you’ve never heard of bulgar, it’s a Middle Eastern grain high in fiber and protein. This bulgar-based salad involves minimal prep work, but it’s got a whole lot of goodness going on. Celery, pumpkin seeds and radish provide some crunch, while lemon zest and lime juice add a touch of sour to the star of the dish: watermelon. Photo and Recipe: Aine Carlin / Marcus Samuelsson

Heirloom Tomato Watermelon Salad

8. Grilled Watermelon and Tomatoes
Kick the classic Caprese up a notch with a grill and some watermelon. Before layering slices of tomato and mozzarella and drizzling on the balsamic vinegar, pop watermelon circles (use the top of an empty can or a circular cookie cutter) and tomato slices onto a heated grill to bring out both fruits’ utmost flavor. Photo and Recipe: Liz McAvoy / What Dress Code?

RELATED: 10 Creative Fruit-Filled Salad Recipes

Watermelon Slushy

9. Watermelon Slushie with Boba
Watermelon for dessert? Count us in! Like a Wendy’s “Frosty” gone fruity, this version blends frozen watermelon and frozen banana with coconut water and pineapple. So break out the blender, and prepare to take this frozen drink poolside (pitchers encouraged). Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn 

Originally posted July 2013. Updated July 2015. 

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9 Delicious Watermelon Recipes for Summer

9 Delicious Watermelon Recipes for Summer The easiest way to eat watermelon might be to dive right in with your hands and teeth. But that’s not the only way. Whether you’re in the mood for naturally sweet skewers, spicy salsa or a watermelon slushie, it’s time to take this low-calorie fruit to creative new heights. Did we mention this mega-sized melon is rich in vitamins A and C and antioxidants such as lycopene? Summer just got a whole lot more interesting. RELATED: 15 Healthy Recipes for No-Bake Desserts

9 Easy Watermelon Recipes

Watermelon-Cucumber-Bites_PS_2 1. Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Bites Be as cool as a cucumber this summer. These impressive towers of sweet and salty goodness are perfect for party appetizers or as a satisfying snack. A maple-lime glaze makes them next-level delicious! Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn Watermelon-Feta-Arugual-Salad 2. Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad This easy-to-make salad looks good and tastes even better. Juicy melon balances out bitter greens and salty feta cheese. Drizzle just a bit of olive oil and vinegar on top for a perfectly pleasing, simple dish.  Photo and Recipe: Geraldine / Green Valley Kitchen Stacked Watermelon Salad 3. Watermelon, Goat Cheese and Pistachio Cubes This appetizer takes some precision, but it more than pays off in presentation. Cubed watermelon and a smooth layer of goat cheese make the base, while chopped pistachios, shaved red onion and a balsamic vinegar reduction complete the sweet and savory creation. Photo and Recipe: Joanne / Fifteen Spatulas  Boozy Watermelon Mint Lemonade   4. Boozy Watermelon Mint Lemonade This hot pink drink is sure to beat the heat with thirst-quenching watermelon and cucumber (both known for their high water content). Amplify the summery flavor with fresh mint leaves and fresh lemon juice. Serve as a virgin lemonade, or booze it up with rum or vodka for a creative cookout cocktail. Photo and Recipe: Morgan / Host the Toast RELATED: 7 Healthier Summer Popsicle Recipes Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe 5. Peachy Tomato and Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe An easy balsamic honey dressing brightens the flavors in this elegant, foolproof fruit salad. Thanks to juicy summer peaches and tomatoes, each bite is packed with vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber. Serve this as a healthy brunch or BBQ side dish. Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Life by DailyBurn  Watermelon Salsa 6. Sweet and Spicy Watermelon Salsa Chips and salsa are a fixture at any summer barbeque, but there’s nothing better than a fresh, homemade version rather than the soupy jarred stuff. Though watermelon takes the place of tomatoes, all the other standard salsa fixings make an appearance — red onion, fresh cilantro, cucumber, red pepper and jalapeno pepper. Choose whole-wheat or multigrain chips for a healthier dipper. Photo and Recipe: Christy / Girl Who Ate Everything Radish Watermelon Bulgar Wheat Salad 7. Radish, Watermelon and Bulgar Wheat Salad If you’ve never heard of bulgar, it’s a Middle Eastern grain high in fiber and protein. This bulgar-based salad involves minimal prep work, but it’s got a whole lot of goodness going on. Celery, pumpkin seeds and radish provide some crunch, while lemon zest and lime juice add a touch of sour to the star of the dish: watermelon. Photo and Recipe: Aine Carlin / Marcus Samuelsson Heirloom Tomato Watermelon Salad 8. Grilled Watermelon and Tomatoes Kick the classic Caprese up a notch with a grill and some watermelon. Before layering slices of tomato and mozzarella and drizzling on the balsamic vinegar, pop watermelon circles (use the top of an empty can or a circular cookie cutter) and tomato slices onto a heated grill to bring out both fruits’ utmost flavor. Photo and Recipe: Liz McAvoy / What Dress Code? RELATED: 10 Creative Fruit-Filled Salad Recipes Watermelon Slushy 9. Watermelon Slushie with Boba Watermelon for dessert? Count us in! Like a Wendy’s “Frosty” gone fruity, this version blends frozen watermelon and frozen banana with coconut water and pineapple. So break out the blender, and prepare to take this frozen drink poolside (pitchers encouraged). Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn  Originally posted July 2013. Updated July 2015. 

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Healthy Baked Peaches and Cream Recipe http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/baked-peaches-and-cream-recipe/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/baked-peaches-and-cream-recipe/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 13:15:28 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=41583 Baked Peaches and Cream Recipe

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This baked peaches and cream recipe is the best reason to turn on your oven this summer. We've revamped the simple, sometimes-decadent dessert by swapping out fat-laden whipped cream for a honey-mint Greek yogurt topping. You can serve this as the finale to your next summer soirée or even whip it up for a sweet brunch side dish. When picking out peaches, make sure that they’re just turning ripe and are freestone peaches so you can easily remove the pit without making a mess. Garnish with mint and enjoy!

RELATED: Eat These 10 Foods, Get More Calcium

[caption id="attachment_41582" align="alignnone" width="620"]Baked Peaches and Cream Recipe Photo by Evan Thomas[/caption]

Healthy Baked Peaches and Cream Recipe

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 4 freestone peaches, ripe but firm
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 6 oz. plain, two-percent fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Fresh mint leaves

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
  2. Cut all of the peaches in half vertically and remove the pits.
  3. Gently rub the peaches with olive oil and place them cut side-up on a non-stick baking tray.
  4. Bake the peaches for 8-10 minutes until the cut edges just start to change color.
  5. Remove them from the oven and sprinkle a half tablespoon of sugar on the cut side of each peach. Let cool for a few minutes.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt and honey.
  7. Finely chop about 5-6 mint leaves and fold mint into the yogurt.
  8. Move the peaches onto serving plates and put a dollop of mint yogurt on each half. Serve immediately while still warm.

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Baked Peaches and Cream Recipe

[caption id="attachment_41581" align="alignnone" width="620"]Baked Peaches and Cream Recipe Photo by Evan Thomas[/caption] This baked peaches and cream recipe is the best reason to turn on your oven this summer. We've revamped the simple, sometimes-decadent dessert by swapping out fat-laden whipped cream for a honey-mint Greek yogurt topping. You can serve this as the finale to your next summer soirée or even whip it up for a sweet brunch side dish. When picking out peaches, make sure that they’re just turning ripe and are freestone peaches so you can easily remove the pit without making a mess. Garnish with mint and enjoy! RELATED: Eat These 10 Foods, Get More Calcium [caption id="attachment_41582" align="alignnone" width="620"]Baked Peaches and Cream Recipe Photo by Evan Thomas[/caption]

Healthy Baked Peaches and Cream Recipe

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes [skinnybox]

Ingredients

  • 4 freestone peaches, ripe but firm
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 6 oz. plain, two-percent fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Fresh mint leaves

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
  2. Cut all of the peaches in half vertically and remove the pits.
  3. Gently rub the peaches with olive oil and place them cut side-up on a non-stick baking tray.
  4. Bake the peaches for 8-10 minutes until the cut edges just start to change color.
  5. Remove them from the oven and sprinkle a half tablespoon of sugar on the cut side of each peach. Let cool for a few minutes.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt and honey.
  7. Finely chop about 5-6 mint leaves and fold mint into the yogurt.
  8. Move the peaches onto serving plates and put a dollop of mint yogurt on each half. Serve immediately while still warm.
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10 Beat-the-Heat Summer Smoothie Recipes http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-smoothie-recipes-summer/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-smoothie-recipes-summer/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:15:26 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=41520 smoothie-trio-featured

10 Easy Summer Smoothie Recipes

It’s official: Summer’s in full swing — as are the heat and humidity that goes along with it. But chill out. Really. All you need to do is mix up one of these seasonally inspired smoothies for a cool treat that’s got major health benefits, too. Below are our favorite recipes, but feel free to tweak and add your own extras for your delicious summer sip.

RELATED: Frozen Yogurt vs. Ice Cream: Which Is Healthier?

10 Healthy Summer Smoothie Recipes

Grape Berry Protein Smoothie

1. Grape-Berry Protein Smoothie
Sweet frozen grapes are an ideal complement to berries. Mix them together, and you’re in for an antioxidant-rich treat. Plus, when you blend grapes, you break down their skin, which further releases the fruit’s stores of vitamin C, manganese and potassium. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn 

Peachy Green Smoothie

2. Peachy Green Protein Smoothie
While our recipe calls for frozen peaches, you may want to swap them out for fresh — they’re in season right now! And thanks to kale and ground flaxseed, you’ll get a solid hit of fiber and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

Blueberry Mint Smoothie

3. Blueberry Mint Green Smoothie
There’s nothing better than mint to cool you down. Plus, this drink is packed with ultra-hydrating coconut water, antioxidant-rich blueberries and folate from kale leaves. Hot tip: Freeze the greens before blending so they mix more easily. Photo and Recipe: Caitlin / The Merrythought

RELATED: 13 Quick and Easy Smoothie Hacks

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

4. Orange Creamiscle Protein Smoothie
Make believe you’re having dessert for breakfast with this ice cream-inspired drink. Just be sure to use calcium-fortified orange juice to get a solid hit of the mineral. And don’t forget two scoops of vanilla Fuel-6, which adds 25 grams of protein and makes this smoothie extra creamy. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

Mango Blueberry Smoothie

5. Mango-Blueberry Protein Smoothie
Mangoes and blueberries are like peas and carrots: great on their own, but even better together. Mangoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidants, while vitamin-packed blueberries have a powerhouse of phytonutrients, which help your body ward off diseases. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

paleo peach coconut smoothie

6. Paleo Peach Coconut Smoothie
Don’t let the short ingredient list fool you: This paleo-friendly smoothie is packed with nutritious goods. Full-fat coconut milk contains monounsaturated fats (which keep your heart in great shape), while peaches have folate, iron, zinc and copper. These two ingredients should make the smoothie sweet enough on its own, but add a dollop of raw, unfiltered honey if you disagree. Photo and Recipe: Lisa Wells / CookEatPaleo

RELATED: 7 Healthy Fruit Pizzas We’re Obsessed With

berrylicious smoothie

7. Berrylicious Smoothie
This simple smoothie is great for kids thanks to its basic ingredient list and sweet flavor. Frozen mixed berries serve as its base, while one banana adds depth of texture plus a wealth of potassium. Up the health benefits even more by choosing a fiber-enriched almond milk like this blogger did. Photo and Recipe: Stacey / GluedToMyCraftsBlog

Key Lime Protein Smoothie Recipe

8. Key Lime Pie Protein Shake
Imagine yourself on Key West, soaking up a sunset with a slice of fresh key lime pie. This smoothie is the next best thing — and for a whole lot less calories. (But alas, no sunset.) A dusting of graham cracker crumbs adds an extra hint of sweetness, and yes, that pie-like taste. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life By DailyBurn 

Kale Avocado Smoothie

9. Kale Pineapple Avocado Protein Smoothie
Summery, tropical drinks: Delicious, but also seriously caloric. Get your piña colada fix with this smoothie, which is extra creamy thanks to avocado. A double dose of vanilla: in the protein powder and in the almond milk make this one extra sweet. Photo and Recipe: Dre / Delicious By Dre

RELATED: 15 Healthy No-Bake Dessert Recipes

raspberry lemonade smoothie

10. Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie
While more decadent than most other smoothie recipes, this chilling concoction is amazing on hot, lazy summer days. If you want to lighten it up, swap out the sugar for an equal amount of stevia. All we need is a porch swing… Photo and Recipe: Sarah / High Heels and Grills

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10 Easy Summer Smoothie Recipes It’s official: Summer’s in full swing — as are the heat and humidity that goes along with it. But chill out. Really. All you need to do is mix up one of these seasonally inspired smoothies for a cool treat that’s got major health benefits, too. Below are our favorite recipes, but feel free to tweak and add your own extras for your delicious summer sip. RELATED: Frozen Yogurt vs. Ice Cream: Which Is Healthier?

10 Healthy Summer Smoothie Recipes

Grape Berry Protein Smoothie 1. Grape-Berry Protein Smoothie Sweet frozen grapes are an ideal complement to berries. Mix them together, and you’re in for an antioxidant-rich treat. Plus, when you blend grapes, you break down their skin, which further releases the fruit’s stores of vitamin C, manganese and potassium. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn  Peachy Green Smoothie 2. Peachy Green Protein Smoothie While our recipe calls for frozen peaches, you may want to swap them out for fresh — they’re in season right now! And thanks to kale and ground flaxseed, you’ll get a solid hit of fiber and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn Blueberry Mint Smoothie 3. Blueberry Mint Green Smoothie There’s nothing better than mint to cool you down. Plus, this drink is packed with ultra-hydrating coconut water, antioxidant-rich blueberries and folate from kale leaves. Hot tip: Freeze the greens before blending so they mix more easily. Photo and Recipe: Caitlin / The Merrythought RELATED: 13 Quick and Easy Smoothie Hacks Orange Creamsicle Smoothie 4. Orange Creamiscle Protein Smoothie Make believe you’re having dessert for breakfast with this ice cream-inspired drink. Just be sure to use calcium-fortified orange juice to get a solid hit of the mineral. And don’t forget two scoops of vanilla Fuel-6, which adds 25 grams of protein and makes this smoothie extra creamy. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn Mango Blueberry Smoothie 5. Mango-Blueberry Protein Smoothie Mangoes and blueberries are like peas and carrots: great on their own, but even better together. Mangoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidants, while vitamin-packed blueberries have a powerhouse of phytonutrients, which help your body ward off diseases. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn paleo peach coconut smoothie 6. Paleo Peach Coconut Smoothie Don’t let the short ingredient list fool you: This paleo-friendly smoothie is packed with nutritious goods. Full-fat coconut milk contains monounsaturated fats (which keep your heart in great shape), while peaches have folate, iron, zinc and copper. These two ingredients should make the smoothie sweet enough on its own, but add a dollop of raw, unfiltered honey if you disagree. Photo and Recipe: Lisa Wells / CookEatPaleo RELATED: 7 Healthy Fruit Pizzas We’re Obsessed With berrylicious smoothie 7. Berrylicious Smoothie This simple smoothie is great for kids thanks to its basic ingredient list and sweet flavor. Frozen mixed berries serve as its base, while one banana adds depth of texture plus a wealth of potassium. Up the health benefits even more by choosing a fiber-enriched almond milk like this blogger did. Photo and Recipe: Stacey / GluedToMyCraftsBlog Key Lime Protein Smoothie Recipe 8. Key Lime Pie Protein Shake Imagine yourself on Key West, soaking up a sunset with a slice of fresh key lime pie. This smoothie is the next best thing — and for a whole lot less calories. (But alas, no sunset.) A dusting of graham cracker crumbs adds an extra hint of sweetness, and yes, that pie-like taste. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life By DailyBurn  Kale Avocado Smoothie 9. Kale Pineapple Avocado Protein Smoothie Summery, tropical drinks: Delicious, but also seriously caloric. Get your piña colada fix with this smoothie, which is extra creamy thanks to avocado. A double dose of vanilla: in the protein powder and in the almond milk make this one extra sweet. Photo and Recipe: Dre / Delicious By Dre RELATED: 15 Healthy No-Bake Dessert Recipes raspberry lemonade smoothie 10. Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie While more decadent than most other smoothie recipes, this chilling concoction is amazing on hot, lazy summer days. If you want to lighten it up, swap out the sugar for an equal amount of stevia. All we need is a porch swing… Photo and Recipe: Sarah / High Heels and Grills

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