The summer season is synergistic with pool parties, picnics, graduations, and other outdoor celebrations. As you’re prepping for entertaining with family and friends, consider including healthy, enticing entrées, with savory side dishes, and delicious desserts at your next event.
Master the Marinade: Make it your mission to limit sugary, calorie-laden sauces, and opt for do-it-yourself, fresh, and flavorful marinades. Pair our favorite options below with lean protein like chicken, fish, and tofu to create a crowd-pleasing main course for your summer event.
- Try a light fruit & herb concoction. The American Institute for Cancer Research suggests this Blueberry Marinade with Tarragon and Ginger.
- The Mayo Clinic offers an excellent recipe for Asian Salmon using a marinade of reduced-sodium soy sauce, fresh ginger, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil. For a low-calorie option for carnivores and vegetarians alike, try this marinade on tofu.
- The American Heart Association brings bold flavor grill-side with this recipe for Grilled Tequila-Lime Chicken.
Serve up Sensational Sides: These show-stealing side dishes will be a welcome addition to all of your outdoor get-togethers. Serve up healthier versions of summer staples, and introduce some new ones.
- Enjoy this tasty and guilt-free recipe for Potato Salad provided by the Mayo Clinic. This all-American classic has been lightened up, so it’s low in sodium and fat.
- No one will miss the coleslaw when Apple-Fennel Slaw is on the menu. The Mayo Clinic staff recommends this heart-healthy dish, which is loaded with potassium, fiber, and folate.
- The We Can!® campaign spearheaded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Cancer Institute offers many good-for-you, family-friendly recipes. Load up on the skewers before your next event, because these Grilled Vegetable Kabobs are sure to be popular.
Discover a New Dessert: Tempt your taste buds with ripe, in-season fruit from your local farmstand. Use this Harvesting Calendar from PickYourOwn.org to determine when crops like fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers are ready to pick or purchase.
- This Minted Melon Ball recipe provided by the American Cancer Society will add a dash of color to your table while providing a refreshing dessert that’s almost too pretty to eat.
- This Grilled Fruit with Balsamic Vinegar Syrup recipe by Mayo Clinic will turn your favorite fruits into a sweetly caramelized, perfect-for-dessert masterpiece.
- We love this Pineapple Peach Sorbet recipe from the American Diabetes Association. Make it your own by experimenting with different types of fruit and garnishes.
South County Physical Therapy (SCPT) hopes you enjoy the fresh flavors of summer in many healthy and delicious ways. If you have a favorite, healthy summertime recipe, we’d love to hear about it. Please private message us on our Facebook page.