Student Health Center

Healthy You @ RSUJuly 2009

Recipe4Living's 5 Healthy Summer Food Groups

Summer is a wonderful time for eating healthy. Farmer's markets around every city block and even large supermarkets stock the juiciest of fruits, the squeakiest corn and the freshest of produce throughout these warm months.

But summertime can also be a tempting time to slip off a strict diet for an innocent ice cream cone or a quick go through the drive-through on the way to a baseball game.

1. Salads

Summer salads don't have to be loaded with mayonnaise or whipped topping! These tasty salads are packed with veggies and substitute flavorful herbs and spices for creamy dressings.

2. Grill

It wouldn't be summer without some good barbecues, but they don't have to all include quarter-pound hamburgers. You can get that same char-grilled flavor from these grilled recipes like veggies, fish and even fruit!

3. Refreshing Drinks and Smoothies

When you're had your required eight glasses of water for the day and you're looking for a drink with a little more pep, try some thirst-quenching teas and smoothies. Use fresh, seasonal fruits to create smoothies with your favorite flavors.

4. Fruits

Whether you add them to your morning cereal, bake them into muffins are just toss 'em in a salad, make sure you get all the summer fruits that you can get! We love these recipes for their unconventional uses of some of the most common summer fruits.

5. Frozen

Cooling off from the summertime heat doesn't have to mean a double scoop fudge sundae. You can make healthy choices and still get that summery brain freeze. Try these chilly treats that won't add inches to your waistline.

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