Summer is around the corner! If you’re closing out May and starting the summer months with a Victoria Day or Memorial Day of casual celebrations, we’ve put together a menu of delicious ideas that use local, in-season ingredients that won’t spoil your healthy-eating plans before the summer solstice.
Salad: Use all those fresh fruits and vegetables that peak in late spring to make a snow pea and red pepper salad with walnut orange dressing. Toss together snow peas, mushrooms, red pepper and sesame seeds (or whatever is fresh from your garden or at the farmer’s market) for a yummy, summery salad. Top it off with your own homemade dressing to keep the calories in check. For salad dressings, always go easy on the oil (or eliminate it altogether) and focus on nice vinegars, mustards, citrus juices and spices to keep it healthy and light. You can always substitute plain Greek yogurt or a bit of avocado to make the dressing creamy.
Main Course: For the main course, keep things light but filling with tasty, meat-free, grilled portobello burgers topped with sweet summer peaches. Better for you and better for the environment, a vegetarian main course will get you on track for a summer of healthy eating. Check out our recent post on the benefits of a vegetarian diet.
Side: The world’s most perfect food (avocado) just got more perfect by slicing it in half, tossing it on the grill and topping it with a healthy dab of crumbled feta and salsa. Customize your grilled ‘cado any way you like and consider this deconstructed guacamole the new staple to your summer holiday spread.
Dessert: Rhubarb is in full bloom all across Canada right now and there’s nothing better on a warm summer afternoon than some sweet rhubarb custard bars that you can divide into small portions for calorie control. You can even freeze the fresh rhubarb and make this delicious treat later in the summer, long after the crop has gone dormant.
In addition to these healthy eats for the holidays, check out this post from last year for tips on celebrating Victoria Day in an eco-friendly way without breaking the bank.
For more ideas and ways to celebrate the summer’s festivities in green, eco-friendly style, stay connected to the Just Energy blog and make sure to like Just Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!