Refreshing Summer Recipes

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These refreshing summer recipes combine healthy, fresh ingredients, unlike the artificial, sugary, store-bought comparable items.

The Lemony Creamsicle

    By Wendy Kaplan, MS, RDN, CSO, CDN
  • 2 Cups plain Kefir
  • 2 tbsp lemon curd
  • 6 Soft pitted dates
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest (+ some extra for popsicle mold)
    Place ingredients in a blender until well mixed (a few seconds). Pour popsicle molds with a sprinkling of lemon zest and freeze for a few hours.
    Tip: if you have leftovers (you should), enjoy it as a smoothie!

Refreshing Summer Mock-Mojito

    By Wendy Kaplan, MS, RDN, CSO, CDN
    Recipe: 3 servings
  • 2 Cups unflavored seltzer
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 12 Mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup cucumber slices

    Muddle the mint in a cup, then combine all the ingredients in a pitcher. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve. Be sure to scoop the mint and cucumber into each glass for aesthetic appeal.

    Tips: *To muddle the mint, place it in a cup and gently mash 3-4 times to release the juices. *Use English cucumbers, they are delicious, and seeds will be less prominent.

Refreshing Tomato Cucumber Salad

    By Lauren McGarty, RD, CDN, BS
  • 4-6 English cucumbers
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 7 oz. Package of crumbled feta
  • 6 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper
    1. Combine cucumber, tomatoes, and feta in a large bowl. Whisk oil and lemon juice in a small blow and add salt and pepper as desired. Pour over salad, toss and serve immediately.

    Banana Nice Cream

      By Lauren McGarty, RD, CDN, BS
  • 4 Cups frozen bananas (2 large bananas)
  • 2-4 Tbsp. milk (any type will work)
    1. Place frozen bananas in a blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes (add more milk if desired). Consistency should be thick smoothie/soft serve-like. Enjoy immediately or transfer to a parchment-lined pan to freeze and enjoy later.

    Tip:

      Add desired toppings such as fresh berries or nuts.