Whether you’re at the cottage, campsite or in your own backyard, these quick and fresh dishes are sure to please the crowd.
The kids will think you’re kidding. Freeze a few favourite breakfast smoothies – combine yogurt, seasonal berries and spinach – and enjoy! Also great for an afternoon snack.
Nutrition Note: Using yogurt in place of juice to make these popsicles is an easy way to boost yourcalcium intake for the day. You can even substitute Greek yogurt for added protein.Popsicles for breakfast?
Chill-out Corn on the Cob
After a long day outside, you’re not the only one who’s tired. Wake up your usual corn on the cob by dressing it with lime juice, cumin, cayenne pepper and chili powder instead of butter and salt.
Nutrition Note: Corn is a great source of fibre and eliminating the salt makes this dish heart healthy.
Summer Spinach Salad
Ditch your standby garden salad! Toss baby spinach leaves with strawberries, blueberries, goat cheese and toasted pecans. Serve with a dressing made of equal parts maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Nutrition Note: Spinach is power-packed with iron, and your body absorbs it even better when combined with the vitamin C-rich berries in this salad.
Fresh Watermelon Salad
Watermelon and cheese? Yes, please! Toss together chunks of fresh watermelon with small cubes of feta cheese. Sprinkle with freshly chopped basil leaves.
Nutrition Note: Fresh and juicy watermelon gets its bright pink colour from lycopene, an antioxidant nutrient that helps fight free radical damage. Because it’s made up of a large percentage of water, watermelon can also help you stay hydrated on those long summer days.
Greek Quinoa Salad
Shake up your side! Mix cooked quinoa with chopped cucumber, tomato, red pepper, onion, kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese. Sprinkle with oregano. Toss with a dressing of red wine vinegar and olive oil. Serve with BBQ chicken breast to complete your meal.
Nutrition Note: A delicious whole grain that is full of fibre, quinoa has gained popularity in recent years. It is also a complete protein, meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids.
BBQ Fish Tacos
Reel in some flavour with these tacos with a twist. Barbeque fish fillets (any fish will do, although white fish such as tilapia or mahi mahi work nicely here). While the fish is cooking, prepare a salad made from 1 can black beans, 1 can corn, diced tomato, chopped mango, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. To assemble, place cooked filet of fish onto a tortilla shell. Top with the prepared salad and slices of avocado. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Note: Fish is a great source of omega-3s, healthy fats that are good for your heart, eyes and brain. The monounsaturated fat found in avocados has been shown to help lower cholesterol, while also giving you a boost of folate (an important B vitamin) and fibre.
Campfire Grilled Veggies
Gather ‘round! Instead of roasting marshmallows or hot dogs over your campfire, try grilling veggies. Lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle with basil or other spices. Eat fresh off the stick campfire-style, or serve with hummus for dipping.
Nutrition Note: Choose colourful veggies like red or orange peppers and zucchini, which are full of antioxidants and vitamins.