10 Best Healthy Summer Recipes | Quick and Simple To Make

Say goodbye to sweating bullets in front of the oven. It’s summer! This post will share the best healthy summer recipes that are fresh, cool, and easy to make.

Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Yogurt Sauce | The perfect vegan appetizer for summer. | A Sweet Pea Chef

Summer is here – in the US – and so is the heat! It’s more important than ever to take care of yourself and your loved ones as the temperature rises to crazy new highs. Nourishing and hydrating recipes are a great way to do so! Now, I absolutely love cooking. Whole reason I started this blog. But just thinking about standing in front of the oven in this heat has got me stressed out. As far as I’m concerned…we’re retiring the oven until October.

Luckily there are plenty of recipes that we can prepare outside on the grill (with air flow) or without any heat source involved. Because the truth is, our bodies are absolutely affected with the rise and fall of temperatures. And the things we eat in the winter will be different from what we eat in the summer. So with a few adjustments and healthy choices, we can feel less lazy and more energized during even the doggiest days of summer.

Best Healthy Summer Recipes

What Should You Not Eat In Hot Weather?

You shouldn’t eat anything that shoots up your internal temperature too high in the summer. Along with anything that is dehydrating (sorry alcohol!). These days, we need to actually make an effort to keep our bodies cool in order to thrive. 

Here are some tips on what to avoid during a stifling summer!

  • Diuretic foods: Say what now? During the summer you ALWAYS want to keep hydrated! So it would be better if you can avoid food that flush water out of the body. Some examples would be fennel, artichokes and asparagus.
  • Fried food: I’d recommend saving your fried treats for cooler temps because they increase oil production of the skin, which can cause extra issues in hot, humid temps (like acne!).
  • Spicy Foods: This ones tricky because the capsaicin in spicy foods will increase your body temperature. This could increase your sweat production and cool you down. But if you’re not rehydrating, it will become an issue. So I say, some spicy food is fine but make sure to have a large jar of delicious infused water on hand!

What Is A Well-Balanced Meal for Summer?

A well balanced meal for summer gets you all the nutrients you need while also helping to cool you down in the process. Ideally your meal takes minimal energy and heat to prepare and is high in hydration. I highly recommend plates of refreshing salads, grilled protein, and some seasonal fruits and veggies too! Tomatoes, watermelon, berries, peaches, corn, and zucchini are plentiful during the summer, so get them while they’re – um – cool! 

What’s The Best Drink To Have During The Summer?

During the summer you’ll want to choose drinks that are hydrating (a lot of water!) and aren’t loaded with Sugar, alcohol, or caffeine. A glass of water with slices of fresh fruit or herbs is always an excellent choice.

What Should I Make On A Hot Summer Day?

When the thermometer breaks beyond a certain temperature, these are my go-to recipes (divided between drinks, salads, sandwiches, grilled, and desserts) that keep can help keep you cool and satisfied.

Best Healthy Summer Recipes: Drinks

Summer gives us full permission to really relish the goodness of drinks. Here are some of the best healthy summer recipes to quench your thirst!

Best Healthy Summer Recipes

Even as a kid, I would choose iced tea over soda or juice. Now I’ve created 4 healthy iced tea recipes that aren’t loaded with sugar (you’re going to love the Lemon Basil blend)!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy

Get the recipe here.

Best Healthy Summer Recipes

Conserve and replenish you energy with this peachy protein shake – It takes just 5 minutes to make!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Mix + Pour Time: 1 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins max!
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 361 kcal

Get the recipe here.

Best Healthy Summer Recipes

Long gone are the days of Eggnog Lattes and Hot Apple Ciders. When you need a cool, refreshing drink, reach for a glass of Strawberry Mint Lemonade. This combo of fruit and herb works perfectly whenever we’re having a BBQ party!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 65 kcal

Get the recipe here.

Best Healthy Summer Recipes: Salads

Best Healthy Summer Recipes

If there’s a summer salad recipe that you should know…it’s this one! The perfect blend of flavors and texture. 

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 479 kcal

Get the recipe here.

Best Healthy Summer Recipes

It’s not summer unless you have a good taco salad in your rotation! This Healthy Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing is a balanced combination of healthy fats and proteins, like the lean ground beef and avocado. 

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 284 kcal

Get the recipe here.

Best Healthy Summer Recipes: Sandwiches

Best Healthy Summer Recipes

This quick, healthy, and delicious Avocado, Turkey & Hummus Wrap makes a the perfect lunch. Just a few simple ingredients!  

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 340 kcal

Get the recipe here.

Best Healthy Summer Recipes

It’s never ceases to amaze me how just a few simple ingredients can create such intense flavors…all wrapped up in a neat, handheld wrap.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 479 kcal

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Best Healthy Summer Recipes: Summer Grillin’

Best Healthy Summer Recipes

It ain’t a summer party without some corn! Whole foods seriously taste the best when cooked simply (on the grill, among friends!).

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 122 kcal

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Best Healthy Summer Recipes

If you’ve never grilled eggplant before, it’s my FAVE way to prepare eggplant (besides eggplant parmesan).  Super fast, easy, and full of flavor.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 266 kcal

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Best Healthy Summer Recipes: Desserts

2-Ingredient Easy Pineapple Sorbet Recipe | How to make healthy pineapple sorbet at home | A Sweet Pea Chef

2 ingredients, no sugar, and only 45 calories per serving – Wahoooo! You could also go with Mango, Raspberry, Strawberry, or Peach sorbet if that’s more your speed.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 45 kcal

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Best Healthy Summer Recipes

It’s inevitable that summers will be hot, and that you still need to cook. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t create a menu that’s perfect for this season. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but all the recipes I’ve shared take less than 25 minutes to make! They’re minimal in effort but bursting with summer’s best ingredients! Stay cool, friends.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

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