If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get INTO The Kitchen: Healthy Recipes Perfect for Summer

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get INTO The Kitchen: Healthy Recipes Perfect for SummerDiet and exercise are an invaluable aspect of any type of weight-loss related procedures. In order to attain the best results, Dr. Whiteman often has patients follow a diet plan both before and after their respective surgical procedure. We’ve put together a list outlining several ideas for easy summer recipes, in addition to the other information on the health and wellness portion of our blog, that can help you improve your look (whether you’re having cosmetic surgery or not.)

Easy Summer Eat’s

Summer is all about cool, fresh, and light ingredients. Beautiful produce is available in any local grocery store that is both healthy and delicious; you just have to know what to look for! For vegetables, it’s all about the color. Vegetables that are deep and vibrant in color are often rich in beta-carotene and other important nutrients.  Peppers, tomatoes, spinach, beets, carrots, and broccoli are all good examples of vitamin rich, healthy vegetables. As far as fruits are concerned, peaches, nectarines, and plums are good snack ideas because of their high water content.   They will fill you up without giving you the unwanted calories that many fat-laden snack foods contain.

Here are some ideas of healthy summer recipes:

Grilled Pepper Salad

4 bell peppers, (mixed colors), halved, seeded and stemmed

1/4 cup halved and pitted oil-cured black olives

1/4 cup rinsed and chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbs balsamic vinegar

1/8 tsp salt

Grill peppers on medium-high, intermittently turning until soft and charred in spots (usually 5 minutes per side.) When cool enough to handle, chop the peppers and gently mix with olives, tomatoes, oil, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl.

Braised Green Beans & Summer Vegetables

1 small onion, halved and sliced

1 tb finely chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)

1 lb. green beans, trimmed

1 medium summer squash (or zucchini) halved and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 cup halved cherry (or grape) tomatoes

1 tb extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup white wine (or reduced-sodium chicken broth)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and oregano and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown (about 2 minutes. Add wine (or broth) and bring to a boil. Add green beans, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add summer squash (or zucchini) and tomatoes and continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.  Season beans with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve.

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