It's officially summer and time to take advantage of those foods that are now "in season." Even though most people think of barbecue when they think of summer cookouts, there are quite a few summer dishes that are equally healthy and satisfying. Here are some of our favorites, all of which are sure to surprise and delight the rest of the guests. Plus, they are so fun and simple to make that the kids can even help!
1.) Cucumber Sandwiches
For those of you who try to cut back on calories by avoiding bread, try this delicious substitute: cucumbers! Cucumbers are in season and make great mini sandwiches. Simply cut them into thin, round pieces, and put your choice of deli meats and cheeses in between. You can hold them together with a toothpick so that they don't fall apart upon transport.
2.) Fruit Skewers
Most of you are used to chicken or shrimp skewers at a barbecue. Try substituting these heavier items with light, fresh fruits for a different summer treat! All you have to do is cut up your favorite fruits into 1-inch portions. Layer them onto a wooden barbecue skewer, alternating and creating a pattern for a nice aesthetic. We think that kiwi, watermelon, strawberries and grapes are really great for these!
3.) Watermelon Pizza
Who knew watermelon could be this fun?! Create your very own watermelon pizza with your favorite fruits as a topping. The secret ingredient, otherwise known as your "sauce", is coconut yogurt (as shown in the image above). Like the other options, watermelon pizza really is what you make of it. Try different toppings to figure out your favorite combination.
4.) Smoothie Popsicles
Freeze your smoothies in the summertime for a nice grab-and-go treat. It's also a great way to cool down on a hot day. And the best part: no added sugar like most store bought popsicles. Simply blend your favorite frozen fruits together with a little bit of water to create the base. Then pour your mixture into popsicle trays and freeze. You can get the trays off of Amazon or even at Target. The best part is that they are plastic, so they can be used time and time again!