Grilling: Take fresh vegetables, such as eggplant, bell peppers and summer squash and toss them onto the grill for a tasty side dish to compliment any protein, or add them to your salad. Just drizzle a little olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper and grill your veggies for a few minutes on each side (until you see grill marks, or slightly charred). Don’t be afraid to experiment: A great flavor combo is eggplant, Chinese Five-Spice, feta, and basil. Grill your protein, too, and make an entire meal using your barbecue. Now that the weather is warm, I hardly use our oven, as we grill most of our veggies and meats!
Healthy Desserts: One of my personal favorites: grilled fruit! Slice a peach or nectarine, drizzle a little olive oil on top and grill it for 3-4 minutes on both sides. Serve with a little balsamic vinegar on top and enjoy! Add fresh cherries to low-fat ice cream, frozen yogurt or Greek yogurt, which we have been enjoying the past couple of nights. Or, making homemade ice cream with fresh fruit using low-fat milk, coconut or almond milk is always tasty, too (though, it requires a little more time).
In The Raw: This is such a no-brainer, but enjoy your Summer produce raw, by having plenty available for you and your family. Slice up a watermelon and keep it in the fridge for quick snacks or keep a bowl of fruit on the counter so it’s easy to access.
What is your favorite Summer fruit or veggie? How do you like to eat and/or prepare it?