3 Summer-Friendly Recipes With Hidden Health Perks!

In the mood to eat lighter? Me too. Here are some ideas for summer vegetarian recipes that also come with hidden health perks! With the warm weather comes the inevitable influx of fresh and seasonal summer produce. We all know that fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins and heart-healthy nutrients, but it’s not always easy to incorporate them into your favorite dishes for a nutritional boost.

But let’s make it easy — here are just a few simple summer-friendly recipes with hidden holistic health benefits.

Broccoli Salad With Honey Yogurt Dressing

If you love the idea of enjoying a salad more than the act itself, this recipe is for you. It’s chock full of healthy veggies, but the unique ingredients in the dressing keep the salad extra delicious — all without using mayonnaise. This fresh salad can be whipped up in just a few minutes as long as you have the ingredients on hand. The basic ingredients you’ll need for the salad include broccoli, cherry tomatoes, celery, red onion, edamame, raisins, sunflower seeds, and a few herbs and spices.

As for the dressing, there are just two main ingredients: Greek nonfat yogurt and honey. For those with allergies, try using raw and locally harvested organic honey. The likelihood that allergic rhinitis will spontaneously go away is approximately 1% per year, but research has shown that incorporating local honey into your diet may help keep certain allergy symptoms at bay. Pretty sweet!

This recipe is also ideal for women who are trying to conceive. Fertility starts to decline for women from about the age of 30, dropping down more steeply from the age of 35. The Vitamin C found in broccoli is proven to boost hormone levels and increase fertility. Vitamin C even reduces the risk of a miscarriage. The full recipe is available at SugarFreeMom.

Irish Colcannon Potatoes

Ireland is 32,595 square miles and has over 3,000 miles of coastline. If you enjoy the cultural cuisine of the Emerald Isle, you’re sure to love this creative recipe that miraculously doesn’t contain any animal or dairy products — it’s completely vegan! This recipe comes from FoodRevolution and just requires a handful of simple ingredients: potatoes, onion, garlic, cabbage, and a few spices. It’s recommended to use Yukon Gold potatoes in this recipe due to their richer flavor profile and high amount of potassium. FoodRevolution also has a cooking method that helps to preserve some of these valuable nutrients:

“It’s not essential, but ideally, we want to use the cooking water from the potatoes to steam the greens and mash the potatoes. This water has extra nutrition because when the potatoes are cooking some of their nutrients are leached out into the water,” writes Katie Mae.

Portobello Lettuce Burgers

Finally, portobello mushroom burgers are a great way to enjoy all that a traditional burger has to offer without the beef. According to the CDC, one in six Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages every year, and raw or undercooked meat is one of the biggest potential contaminants. Avoid the hassle and amp up the healthy benefits by using mushrooms instead! Portobello mushrooms are chock full of three essential B-complex vitamins: niacin, which promotes digestive and nervous system health, riboflavin, which preserves red blood cell health, and pantothenic acid, which helps to release energy from fat, protein, and carbs.

The only other ingredients you’ll need to bring this recipe to life are iceberg lettuce leaves, tomato, onion, and condiments of your choosing. You can also make a delicious marinade using garlic, olive oil, soy sauce, and lemon juice. The full recipe is available at NaturalFertilityInfo.

Now that you have some ideas for healthy summer recipes, you can go crazy in the kitchen and experiment with some of your own favorite ingredients and cooking techniques. Bon Appetit!

Love & light,


10 Responses

  1. 1. What other crafty themes would you like to see in the Crafty Chica novel series? I would like to see a story involving a stamper or card maker.
    2. What other kinds of NEW Crafty Chica kits and/or products would you like to see added? I would love to see more paper and/or paper kits with matching embellishments. I can never find Day of the dead or sugar skull paper.
    3. What other kinds of articles would you like to see featured on the blog? I love the “how to’s”

  2. i would love to see the problem of having a housefull of completed crafts and no outlet for them. Exhausted gifting possibilities, no funding for craft fairs or starting a business…I think it could be really fun to explore that angle

  3. (1)How about “fiber artists” and their adventures with the ornery, smelly creatures (sheep, lamas) who produce that fiber?
    (2)A handbag/purse decorate-your-own kit.
    (3)Incorporating recyclable/swap meet and garage sale finds with new crafting materials.

  4. I love what you are doing now. I love the instructional projects. If you could do more with paper, that would be great and more paper designs and embellishments.

  5. new craft kits, hmmm I would like to see more dios de la meurta ( I don’t know if I said that right) themed things

    And I love seeing what you’ve created on the blog, more projects!

  6. 1. I would like to see someone entering the world of mixed-media for the first time, and their journey as they learn to express themselves this way (ha! basically, I want a book about me, lol).
    2. MILAGROS!! And more Day of the Dead stuff, and yes, rubber stamps. And after reading about how awesome german glass glitter is – I’d love to see your line carry it.
    3. I love your how-to’s on shrines, and paper stuffs.

  7. I would love to see Crafty Chica products in my local Micheals. I keep asking for them, but still, nothing . I will keep on it.

    I would love it if you could make transfer patterns for embroidery. (like Sublime Stitching) The art work you and Patrick make would be beautiful in embroidery.

    Then your “in a box” series of crafty goodness (I love my shrine)I think a totebag,apron and jewelry would be great. Lots of the things you make and show on your blog the people just love. I believe any kind of kit would be a hit. The Crafty Chica name sells itself. 🙂

  8. 1. What other crafty themes would you like to see int he Crafty Chica novel series?
    Fashion design would be really nice! Because I am crafty and my dream is to be a fashion designer.
    2. What other kinds of NEW Crafty Chica kits and/or products would you like to see added?
    More Dia De Los Muertos stuff! And possibly some stickers (for scrapbooking). It would be amazing if you came out with some molds, like skulls and things, too 🙂
    3. What other kinds of articles would you like to see featured on the blog?
    More “How To’s”, but everything you have right now is great!

  9. 1. What other crafty themes would you like to see in the Crafty Chica novel series? Anything but knitting.

    2. What other kinds of NEW Crafty Chica kits and/or products would you like to see added? Beads!

    3. What other kinds of articles would you like to see featured on the blog? I like what you have, but maybe featuring some more craft books.

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