We spend enough time trying to cool down over the summer— don’t waste your time sweating over the stove too! Try these ideas for refreshing, delicious, and easy-to-create dishes that won’t have you anywhere near the kitchen heat. As an added bonus? These healthy, protein-packed recipes will leave you energized for all your fun summer adventures!
Grab and Go
These power bites invoke the delicious taste of lemon bars without the cook time and the high sugar content. These little bites are a concentrated source of raw energy that provide a perfect balance of protein, fiber and healthy fats, plus iron, B vitamins and electrolytes, keeping you feeling energized and satisfied. Take one out of the freezer for a delicious energy boost before or after your workout.
With a prep time of just 5 minutes, this allergen-free dip is a great homemade addition to any summer party that even your friends with gluten, egg, peanut, or soy sensitivities will love. Tahini adds a healthful dose of heart-healthy omega-3s, and is high in calcium and protein– perfect for vegetarians! Serve with cool and crisp carrot sticks, cucumber or sliced bell peppers for a refreshing snack on a balmy afternoon.
These treats might just become your new go-to snack. All kinds of different mix ins, seeds, and flavors (ie. vanilla, cinnamon, and hemp seed) complement the taste of the balls’ oat and flax base, so you’ll never get tired of having a batch in the freezer.
Feel like you’ve been searching forever for an energy bar that actually tastes good? Look no further. This snack combines real chocolate and tahini for a sweet treat that’s also packed with brain boosting omega-3s!
Prep these on Sunday nights- they’re the perfect option for beating your afternoon weekday slump.
This delicious, cooling snack combines chocolate, peanut butter, and fresh fruit for a crowd pleasing treat that has roughly the same amount of protein as a hamburger.
Looking for a dessert you can make in advance of entertaining? Wow your guests with this creamy cheesecake and its amazing salted caramel filling! Make the dessert at your leisure and freeze until ready to serve.
Thinking up paleo treats can be a tricky endeavor. Dates, raspberries, and vanilla naturally sweeten these fudge muffins for a guiltless dessert option that is certainly paleo-friendly.
This is a refreshing breakfast of champions. High in protein, fiber and antioxidants (and extremely low in sugar), this thick and creamy smoothie will keep you energized and cool during a hot summer morning.
Eating clean may mean saying goodbye to plastic pudding cups, but it doesn’t mean the treat itself can’t stay on your weekly meal list. This strawberry flavored blend is low-FODMAP, gluten-free, vegan and healthy enough to eat for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.
Wondering about the nice cream fad? Mix up your breakfast smoothie routine with this vegan, dairy free recipe— but don’t be surprised if you start craving it for dessert too!
This beautiful salad will take you less than ten minutes to throw together and will have everyone at work eyeing your lunch! With seasonal flavors like strawberry and mint, you’ll feel like you’re at a spa resort instead of at your desk.
Going vegan doesn’t have to mean extra hours spent slaving away in the kitchen. Try pairing this tasty soy and dairy-free spread with tomatoes and cucumbers for a delicious summer breakfast or snack.
Tired of making the same salad day in and day out? Spice up your routine with this unexpected combination, which was especially designed to avoid the digestive trouble that many experience after consuming a high volume of raw vegetables.
Tired of your lunch not tiding you over until dinnertime? Not only is this salad packed with filling plant proteins, but the tangy dressing is so delicious that you’ll want to always have a jar of it ready to use in the fridge.
Throw this high fiber and low sugar blend onto your favorite vegetables or on a sandwich instead of using mayo!
This tasty twist on pasta salad would be a winner even if it didn’t save you the carbs from traditional pasta and the hassle of boiling and straining— it’s that good!
Let this dish refrigerate overnight for a spicy, cancer-fighting meal that you’ll gobble up as quickly as you prepared it!
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