3 Healthy and Tasty Recipes for Hot and Humid Summers

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The amount of energy we lose in summers is pretty more as compared to other seasons. A lot of people are not able to bear the consequences of heat. Drinking water is not enough. You need to maintain a healthy diet as well to fulfill the nutritional needs of your body. In summers you get ample of variety of fresh vegetables and fruits to eat. Including them in your diet helps you attain good amount of energy and maintain good health.

Technically speaking, a summer diet must include food items that are rich in water content, detoxifies your body, provides ample nutrition and maintain the normal body temperature. While you are wondering what all things you can cook to maintain a healthy summer cookout menu, we’ve got for you some recipes under different categories of food. Let’s take a look at them.

Tips for a Healthy Cookout

It is not easy to make healthy food choices in summers. Wherever you go, you will find a wide variety of creamy salads, hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, and kind of fatty and heavy food. These kinds of food can be difficult to digest in summers and might even add some extra inches to your waistline. Although it may not be easy to get healthy food options in social gatherings, but you can always plan out your own healthy summer cookout. Here are some recipes that you can include in your cookout menu.

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Barbecue Cookout 

Not talking about Barbeque while discussing menu for cookout will be injustice to this post. The recipe that we have selected is a very fresh and light dish. It contains a variety of exotic flavors including limes, chile and a splash of tequila. It is a perfect dish for a perfect summer afternoon retreat.

Margarita Chicken Recipe 

Ingredients

Fresh lime juice – 1/3 cup (4 lemons)
Olive oil – 1/4 cup
Tequila – 2 tablespoons
Fresh cilantro – 2 tablespoons (chopped)
Cloves garlic – 2 (mashed)
Chile powder – 1 teaspoon
Salt and pepper – As per the taste
Boneless, skinless chicken breast halves – 2 pounds (6-8)

Directions

1) Put all the ingredients, except chicken in a zip pouch. Toss the ingredients so they mix well together. Now add chicken, seal the bag and turn around to coat. Refrigerate the bag for approximately one hour.
2) Now take a grill pan or grill and coat it well. Heat the grill on a medium flame and cook the chicken for about 4-5 minutes. Flip the sides as and when necessary. You can put the cross marks on the chicken beast when cooking to let it cook better from inside.
3) Once both the sides are cooked, squeeze half a lemon over it and serve it with onion rings and mint sauce.

Salads at a Cookout 

Salads must be a major part of your meals in summers. It is good to take as much fresh vegetables as you can to fulfill the nutritional needs of your body. However, do not go for heavy creamy salads. It is advisable to opt for light and leafy green salad options over heavy potato cheesy ones. The recipe that we have included here contains lots of fresh vegetables that will make you feel rejuvenated and fresh from within.

Fresh Corn Salad

Ingredients

Cider vinegar- 1/2 cup
Sugar-1/4 – 1/3 cup
Kosher salt- 1 teaspoon
Coarsely ground black pepper- 1/2 teaspoon
Fresh corn- 4 ears
Red onion- 1/2 cup
Cucumber- 1/2 cup
Red or orange sweet pepper – 1/2 cup
Cherry or pear tomatoes – 1/2 cup
Parsley – 3 tablespoons
Basil leaves or buds – 1 tablespoon
Fresh jalapeno – 1 tablespoon
Sea salt or kosher salt – 1/2 teaspoon
Arugula leaves – 1 – 2 cups

Directions

1. To prepare the dressing, put vinegar, sugar, kosher salt, black pepper and sugar in a glass bowl. Whisk the ingredients until the sugar gets completely dissolved. Keep the dressing aside. for some time..
2. To prepare the salad cut corns and put them in a large glass bowl along with remaining vegetables. Toss them together well.
3. Now, pour the dressing over the salad and season it with � teaspoon sea salt.

Beverages!

Drinking enough fluid is a way to maintain a normal temperature of your body even in scorching heat. Fruit drinks are loaded with antioxidant properties that help detoxifying your body and keeps it cool. Prefer drinking non-alcoholic beverages for better health and immunity these summers. The recipe we have included in this category will act as a instant energy booster.

Blood Mary Shrimp Mocktail

Ingredients

Reduced-sodium V8 – 22 ounces
Horseradish – 1 teaspoon
Worcestershire sauce – 1 teaspoon
Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
Tabasco -10 dashes
Pepper- As per taste.
Ice cubes
Cooked shrimp – 4

Directions

1) Put all the ingredients in a large jug or a glass bowl and mix them well. Shake the ingredients to blend them well. Put the juice in a glass jar with a tight fitted lid and add some ice cubes to it.
2) While serving, fill the glasses with the juice and top it up with 2 shrimps.

Try out these recipes for your next healthy summer cookout and make your summer days refreshing and rejuvenating. Each and every ingredients used in these recipes have huge health benefits.