It is almost summer!!! Isn’t so wonderful to be able to walk outside without bundling up in a few extra pounds of clothing just to stay warm? Sandals and light clothing seem so liberating… Until we think about how long it has been since we’ve worn those things! SO now it’s time to summer-ize our wardrobe, get a pedicure, and collect some healthy summer recipes to get us comfortable in our bathing suits!
Here at OYS we look for light “no-oven-necessary” options when summer temperatures soar. Lite and cold meals always feel like the right choice. Of course, we can’t resist fresh grilled recipes either! We compiled an awesome bunch of light and delicious skinny recipes to be enjoyed on any hot lazy summer day (with special thanks to fellow bloggers). These recipes are delicious AND will keep you on track with your weight loss goals.
Summer Breakfast / Snack Recipes
Smoothies are cold, nutritious, fruit-filled, and with some recipes you even get healthy serving of green veggies too. They are a great way to start your morning or as a healthy, cool and refreshing snack. If you want more information about Green Smoothies, check out Tammy’s “5 Reasons to Drink Green Smoothies, How to Tips, and a Green Smoothie Recipe Round Up” post here.
These are some great summertime smoothie flavor combinations.
Peach Raspberry Superfood Smoothie
“This smoothie was so refreshing and delicious. The tartness and sweetness was nicely balanced.” It is also dairy-free and does not contain any banana.
This smoothie tastes light and refreshing, but it also very satisfying with strawberries, raspberries and kale. It is a nutritious, light breakfast option for a humid summer day.
Haileigh from Dinner with the Rollos asks “what is more refreshing, during the summer, than a good smoothie?” She shares “As a plus, all of the kids in our family loved it too.”
This one has a tropical flair with orange, pineapple and spinach. This is again from Haileigh at Dinner with the Rollos and she has an infectious love of summer happening. Check out this recipe.
Josie shared this smoothie recipe from Eat. Thrive. Glow. It features Chia seeds, watermelon, strawberry, lime and ginger. Very flavorfully nutritious! Get the recipe here.
The team at Thrifty Northwest Mom developed this smoothie recipe while “looking for more ways to eat healthier & lighter breakfasts while still keeping us filled up.” Chia Seeds are included in the recipe and if you aren’t aware of all the health benefits of Chia Seeds you can find them here along with this easy, cool and filling smoothie recipe here.
Tina from “The Worktop” a Breakfast Brunch Blog shares this incredible, refreshing and light fruit plate breakfast idea. The combination of this recipe’s simplicity with the complex flavor blend and her photos will make you dream about this recipe too!
Holly at Southern Mom Loves gives us this beautiful breakfast or brunch healthy treat. Super easy and customizable to your tastes! Check it out here.
Super fast and easy. This sounds like an incredible way to enjoy all the fresh fruit of the season. Samantha from “RecipeThis” cautions that is so delicious it is addictive. I guess that means you will have to share with family or friends!
Have you ever tried Overnight Oats?
You mix regular Old Fashioned Rolled Oats with a few ingredients at night and wake up in the morning with breakfast waiting for you! Sounds incredible, right?
Tammy always eats them cold, right out of the refrigerator and says that it reminds her of pudding. Mmmm. Pudding for breakfast!?! I have always warmed them up, but with warmer weather a hot breakfast just isn’t as appealing, so I will try these out of the refrigerator too. Most OYS Overnight Oat recipes are inspired by desserts. You just have to love that, don’t you? Below are a few summer flavor favorites. You can also check out the Organize Yourself Skinny“Overnight Oatmeal Tutorial + 20 Delicious Overnight Oats Recipes”
This is a great idea for meal prep day to have a healthy, crunchy snack option when cravings start calling. “Roasted Crispy Chickpeas: this healthy snack is crunchy and delicious. You’ll think you’re eating chips! Tossed in spice for amazing taste and texture.” Get the recipe from Living Sweet Moments here.
You will be amazed by how these do not look (or taste) like rice cakes you find in a store. This is another great meal prep snack recipe idea. This “Living Sweet Moments” recipe gives you the basics and ideas to customize them to your taste.
Snack or Lunch
“Light and refreshing Garden Style cream cheese spread on pumpernickel and rye cocktail sandwiches with dill and a cucumber sandwich. Serve as an appetizer, snack or lunch.”
Tammy admits “When I eat foods that are lower in carbs and higher in fiber and protein I feel great. I don’t get bloated and have lots of energy.” If you agree, that is a great reason to try this light and fresh recipe.
“I started making roll ups because sometimes I want a turkey sandwich or wrap for lunch instead of a mason jar salad. The problem is I don’t always want the carbs that come along with that. I am by no means anti carb but I definitely try to keep them under control. I feel better when my diet is heavier in fruits, vegetables, and protein and lower in carbs.” If you feel the same try this or one of the other OYS roll-up recipes that follow here.
“Seriously, how can you go wrong with salami, ham, turkey, banana peppers, roasted red peppers, and cheese?!”
“If we want to stay healthy and fit we need to make healthier versions of our favorite junk foods.” Tammy developed this little “non-recipe” to satisfy a certain fast food beef and cheddar craving.
“All the flavors of a classic Turkey Club sandwich without the bread. Instead all the tasty ingredients are rolled into this delicious healthy low carb lettuce wrap. Just 143 calories!”
Lunch or Dinner
No Mayo Chicken Salad Alternatives – these are great (fast) cold meal options for when you don’t want something hot and you may have been playing at the pool / park / friend’s house etc until almost dinner time. Make sure you prep shredded chicken (in the slow cooker) ahead of time and have meal sized portions ready and waiting in the freezer for just such an occasion! Get the details about quickly and easily making it here.
This variation features chipotle peppers, cilantro and red onion!
Wrap it in lettuce so you really appreciate the flavors of this recipe and limit the calories and carbs. You can use that tip with any of these salad-meant-for-a-sandwich recipes (including egg, tuna and salmon – yep! Keep reading.)
Easy to make in the slow cooker and can be served warm or cold.
Another light sandwich lunch or dinner with no mayo!
This is an egg salad twist that is new to me! Apples in egg salad sounds intriguing, don’t you think? Kelly from Trial and Eater says it is a “Perfect combination of crunchy and chewy, without the extra calories of mayonnaise.” Find the recipe on her site.
Angie at the Country Chic Cottage shares a great tuna or egg salad sandwich alternative with a combination of salmon and hard boiled eggs. Find the recipe here.
“Summer is a great time to lighten up traditional recipes. Substituting an ingredient or two for a better option is not only ideal for consistent eating habits but often is just as satisfying as the original recipe, without all the added calories.”We couldn’t agree more! Check out this lightened up BLT recipe from “Swanky Recipes.”
From Angie’s recipes at “Kids Creative Chaos” you will find tips to make a homemade marinade, sauce and prepare the tofu. It cooks quickly in a wok and serving in a lettuce wrap is great idea for limiting your carb intake.
This recipe gives a great “no oven” idea of using a shredded meat from a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken that you can find hot and ready to eat at most grocery stores. Makes a super fast meal option from “Thrifty Northwest Mom”
Brett at “This Mama Loves” shared this salmon recipe with baby greens, goji berries and pumpkin seeds. Cooks quickly on the stovetop.
“You’ve never had fish tacos like this before! Made with meaty salmon instead of white fish, these healthy tacos are fresh, flavorful and filling!” from “The Foodie and The Fix.”
“If you’re looking for a summery and vegetarian alternative to the typical taco, look no further than these charred corn veggie tacos topped with a radish zucchini slaw.” Check out this recipe from “The Jenny Evolution.”
“An easy marinade and inexpensive chicken thighs make this dish a simple twist on the Greek classic!” Chrissie from the Busy Baker gives us this flavorful recipe that you can make on the grill, pair with a delicious salad and there is even a link to a homemade Tzatziki Greek Yogurt dip recipe here.
Find this easy flavorful marinade mixture at Kalyn’s Kitchen. Let chicken marinate for 8-10 hours, place on skewers and cook on the grill. This would be a great addition to a green salad.
Grilled turkey burger recipe with tips to make sure they are juicy and delicious. And don’t forget caramelized onions without loads of oil. Get the recipe from “The Foodie and The Fix”
Simple summer marinated and grilled chicken with homemade salsa from “Busy Mommy Media.”
Another one for the grill from “The Foodie and the Fix” This features a homemade marinade that is very thick. Rub it into the chicken and let it sit for 6 hours or preferably overnight. You can adjust the ingredients for the amount of spice-heat you can prefer. The salsa is also made from scratch and you can prep it all the night before for a super quick and flavorful meal fresh off the grill.
This tasty dish and uses a seasonal summer vegetable as a pasta alternative with shrimp. Cooks quickly in a wok or skillet for a better than takeout meal! Make your own zoodles with this spiralizer.
Samantha and Dominic from “Recipe This” also share a zoodle recipe and say “They are an amazing way to get vegetables instead of worthless carbs onto your plate and you will feel like you are in complete food heaven.”
Kalyn’s Kitchen shares Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes and describes this recipe as “Greek-Style Zucchini Noodles with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta, all the flavors that make Greek Salad such a perfect summer dish! And these flavorful zucchini noodles are low-carb, gluten-free, and perfect for the South Beach Diet.”
Sometimes lunch, sometimes dinner, sometimes a side dish. Let your appetite decide!
Brett from “This Mama Loves” shared another Zoodle recipe that she developed for the Big Game day back in February, but this fresh flavor combination seems right at home as a light summer choice too. It cooks quickly on the stovetop.
This Cheeseburger Salad can be made ahead of time a couple different ways. The first is to make the ground turkey, prepare the rest of the salad ingredients, and store everything in separate containers in the refrigerator. Once the turkey is cooked this salad comes together in less than 10 minutes. Or make it as a Mason Jar Salad that can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days! Details for both methods here.
For more Mason Jar Salad Ideas and Tips see “The Ultimate Mason Jar Salad Tutorial and Recipe Round Up” here at Organize Yourself Skinny.
According to Stephanie at “The Foodie and The Fix” this salad is all about the homemade dressing (which sounds incredible), but let’s not overlook the addition of strawberries, blueberries, almonds and basil to your favorite greens mix! This one just screams summer deliciousness.
“It’s a light and refreshing salad, perfect for the warmer weather and just tastes like summer to me! Plus, it can be made in under 10 minutes!” Quick, flavorful and seasonal are all great reasons to try this salad from “Moore or Less Cooking.”
The team at “Two Healthy Kitchens” shared this flavorful and delightfully nutritious salad that keeps well in the refrigerator. Thai is a great addition to your meal prep plan. “Just a few simple ingredients yield bold, bright flavors in this Easy Kale and Quinoa Tabouli Salad! With the addition of super-nutritious kale and the swap of protein-packed, gluten-free quinoa instead of the traditional bulgur wheat, this delicious spin on tabouli salad has all the flavors and textures you love, with healthy advantages you’ll feel great about! Plus, it makes a big, big batch that keeps well for several days – a perfect make-ahead for busy weeks!” Get the recipe here.
Another soon-to-be favorite from Two Healthy Kitchens “This gorgeous salad is perfect as a main course, or as a hearty side!Fabulous served warm or totally chilled, it can even be adapted for vegetarians. So easy and incredibly delicious – it’ll quickly become a favorite at picnics and at dinner!”
“Light, refreshing and fresh caprese pasta salad made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, olive oil and spices and tossed together with pasta noodles.” Find this recipe on “Swanky Recipes.”
For more Pasta Salad dish-to-pass, potluck party ideas see “20 + Summer Picnic and Party Pasta Salads with Gluten Free Alternatives” here at Organize Yourself Skinny.
Andrea from “Just is a four letter word” shares this recipe inspired by a salad at Disney’s Epcot Center.
Valerie from Mama Likes To Cook shares this cold salad recipe using seasonal summer vegetables and inspired by her trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This would make a great side dish!
Another unique and flavorful side dish cold salad option from Valerie at Mama Likes To Cook. Quick and easy to prepare! Find the recipe here.
From Two Healthy Kitchens this recipe is “The perfect middle ground between creamy coleslaw and tangy vinegar slaw, this much healthier version is delicious with barbecue and a super-easy make-ahead!” They also offer this delicious nugget of food pairing inspiration “It’s the perfect tangy-sweet, slightly crunchy counterpoint to even the simplest lunch meat sammies, grilled burgers and dogs, pulled pork … you name it.” Find this recipe and a link for their Crock-Pot North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches here.
Here is a tangy fruity twist on a summer favorite salad! Thanks again to Valerie from Mama Likes To Cook for this coleslaw variation featuring lime juice, ginger and tangerines. Find the recipe here.
Angie at The Country Chic Cottage shared this recipe for a “refreshing and light side dish.”
From Two Healthy Kitchens “Smoky-sweet grilled summer corn is balanced by tangy lime juice and a pleasant, tingling heat from cayenne pepper. No added fat and so easy to make ahead!” I am SOLD! How about you? Get the simple recipe here!
Desserts and Drinks
Chrissie the Busy Baker feels “Summer desserts should be fun, light and sweet, and they should showcase summer’s freshest ingredients.” She shared a few of her delicious recipes and this one is perfect to make when you have the grill already fired up. Plus “it’s super sweet and refreshing and it won’t compromise your healthy eating because it’s made with all-natural ingredients like fresh fruit, honey and fat-free Greek yogurt!” Find the recipe at her site.
Chrissie from the Busy Baker shares “This homemade Blackberry Mint Frozen Yogurt is fresh-tasting, fat-free, contains only 4 ingredients and is sweetened naturally with only fresh fruit and honey! It’s the perfect tasty no-guilt treat for summer!” The flavor combination sounds like a must-try!
“The Foodie and The Fix” delivers a dessert option this time with “Cardamom-coconut sauce tops creamy mango ‘ice cream’ here in this indulgent tropical sundae, proving that you can have a delicious, frozen treat completely guilt free (and 21 day fix approved!)”
“Looking for a healthy summer treat? Look no further than these dairy-free, sugar-free 2 ingredient pina colada popsicles!” from “Morgan Manages Mommyhood”
Sam at “Sugar Spun Run” shared this indulgent-looking recipe. You will be amazed like I was when you see the nutritional details for this tempting recipe “Checking in at under 160 calories & only 3 grams of fat, these chocolate angel food cupcakes are the perfect sweet treat for a light indulgence that won’t hurt your waistline.”
Follow the link for this super simple way to treat your sweet craving with just 3 ingredients from Raquel at “Organized Island.”
“Easy Angel Food Cake Kabobs with sliced cake, fresh blueberries and strawberries threaded onto a skewer and tossed with strawberries in syrup and whipped cream. Ideal as a snack, dessert or to serve for the holidays and special occasions.”
“The smell of these donuts is as good as the thick and fluffy sweetness of the treat itself. It’s unbelievably easy to create your own cake-like treats in your own kitchen. A few ingredient swaps will reduce the calories and fat so you can sink your teeth into the typically naughty breakfast staple without feeling so guilty.” Get the recipe from “Living Sweet Moments.”
Weighing in at just 115 calories, you can probably find room in your calorie allotment for a drink by the pool! Even better – you only need 3 ingredients! Thanks to “The Foodie and The Fix.”
If you want a fun drink without the alcohol, this one offers a little fruity fun and fizz that is great for entertaining from Holly at “Southern Mom Loves.”
And there you have it!! This is the ULTIMATE list of skinny recipes to keep you cooking all summer long!