Wondering what to bring to a summer potluck or BBQ? Enjoy these three healthy fast ideas!
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- Jul 6, 2016
Rather than bringing the traditional pasta, potato or cool whip salad to your next neighborhood potluck, create one these healthy alternatives!
Yes, you can keep your healthy eating on track while enjoying the summer season of BBQ's, picnics, family reunions, and pool parties. Since summer is a time when produce abounds and prices are cheaper, take advantage of this opportunity to increase your fruits and vegetables which are low in calories and high in fiber - two important aspects of preventing weight gain and promoting weight loss.
Thus, rather than bringing the traditional pasta, potato or cool whip salad to your next neighborhood potluck, create one these healthy alternatives, either a Fiesta Bean Salad side dish, a Red, White and Blue Meringue Layered Fruit dessert or a Summer Spritzer beverage.
In less than 15 minutes, mix up this delicious salad that is full of antioxidants, fiber and flavor!
Mix dressing of lime, olive oil, and spices in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Serve or refrigerate.
Black beans and chickpeas are excellent sources of protein and soluble fiber. Diets rich in soluble fiber are associated with improved blood glucose control and blood cholesterol levels.
Corn is an excellent source of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which can help lower your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration which is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 60.
Tomatoes contain lycopene which is the carotenoid that makes tomatoes red and may help protect your skin from sunburn.
I learned this recipe from a friend in Germany who bought her egg white meringues at a village grocery store for $1.00 per bag. When I returned to the States and saw them for $5.00 per bag, I decided to make my own. Meringues are easy to make and take only 3 ingredients: egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar.
I often make the meringues the day before serving. This recipe yields 24-32 small meringues.
Egg white which in German is Eiweiss (the word for protein) is the part of the egg which is an excellent source of protein. The white from one large egg contains 3.6 grams of protein. Caution for those watching their sugar intake: if you make 32 small meringues, then each meringue will contain about 12 grams of sugar. If you make only 24 meringues, then each will contain 16 grams of sugar.
In a large bowl, mix yogurts and vanilla.
Meanwhile, wash and dry fruit. Keep out a few of each fruit type to decorate the top. In a large see-through glass bowl, layer the ingredients, starting with the strawberries.
Layering each fruit in about a 2-inch layer adds a visual delight.
Store in refrigerator. Right before serving, place the meringues on individual serving plates. Can break them up into small pieces and place layered dessert mixture on top or just put a meringue on the side. Enjoy!
Raspberries are an excellent source of fiber and can help lower cholesterol. Also eating more fiber may prevent weight gain and even promote weight loss by making you feel fuller longer.
Blueberries provide vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.
In a glass, placed crushed ice. Fill with 90% sparkling water and a splash (about 1 Tablespoon) of your favorite 100% juice. Top with a mint leaf from the garden.
Orange juice provides an excellent source of vitamin C which is essential for skin health and protection against immune system deficiencies.
Enjoy these three quick and easy dishes (salad, dessert and a beverage) to bring to a potluck or BBQ and keep your healthy eating on track by increasing your fruits and vegetables during the summer season!
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