Summer is in session, so just as you switch out your wardrobe, it’s time to change up the ingredients in the kitchen, too. While it’s always good to keep your classic proteins, veggies, herbs, and spices around, think about adding in some seasonal fruits and veggies, keeping in mind some flavors you wouldn’t think to have in Winter, like mango, lime, peach, strawberry, and eggplant. Need a little more than that to go on? Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with a roundup of healthy, low-fat recipes for fresh Summer meals. Make any (or all!) of these dishes this season and enjoy them knowing that they don’t only taste good, but they’re healthy, too.
Fresh, Low-Fat Meals For Summer
1. Grilled Shrimp With Mango, Lime, and Radish Salsa
Adding some fresh, fruity flavors to this seafood dish makes it taste (and feel) even more refreshing! Radish adds in a little crunch for texture, too.
2. Strawberry, Avocado, and Arugula Salad
The best part of salads in the Summer? Many include in-season fruit, like this variety. Strawberries pump up the sweetness, while avocado is a filling and healthy fat. Bring it as a starter for your next outdoor dinner party.
3. Grilled Chicken Breast With Spicy Peach Glaze
If chicken is your go-to dinner dish, stick with what you like, but add a twist. Seasonal peaches will add a sweet and tangy flavor to your protein, and a little spice from the jalapeño is the perfect complement.
4. Black Bean Burgers
Make this recipe at your next BBQ. Black beans aren’t only tasty, they’re also packed with fiber, which means this burger will keep you fuller longer so you won’t go snacking on unhealthy side dishes.
5. Grilled Halibut and Bok Choy With Coconut-Lime Dressing
Give your light white fish some flavor with this zesty dressing that perfectly pairs the flavors of coconut and lime. You’ll feel like you’re on a tropical vacation with each bite you take. Plus, the bok choy adds in a healthy green, too.
6. Chicken and Summer Vegetable Tostada
Take taco night to the next level on a warm Summer evening with this recipe that combines zucchini, chicken, onion, corn, and salsa verde. It’s quick and easy to whip up, too.
7. Ahi Poke Bowl
Host a make-your-own-poke party since these seafood bowls are all the rage as of late. Stick to the script, but let guests top their dish with whatever toppings they like, from edamame to carrots, cucumber to avocado.