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Fresh and Tasty Food to Try on Hot Days – Diabetes Daily

The benefits of consuming seasonal food go beyond health and taste. Foods that are locally harvested and eaten during the natural growing season have a less environmental impact. With fewer production and transportation costs, they are budget-friendly as well. For all these important reasons, we put together six recipes to try this summer season.

Dairy-Free Pesto

Summer is the best time to prepare this healthy pesto sauce when basil pops up everywhere. With just a few ingredients and less than 10 minutes of your time, turn this fragrant herb into a flavorful condiment for your veggies, sandwich, pasta, mashed cauliflower, baked salmon… the list can go on and on.

Char-Grilled Avocado with Creamy Herb Dressing

Are you inviting friends over for some barbeque? Grill some avocados for your easy side dish or appetizer. Its creamy taste infused with a smokey flavor is hard to beat. Top it with this recipe’s tangy dressing, and you got yourself a low-carb, gluten-free treat.

Cucumbers with Chimichurri

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Cucumbers with Chimichurri

Would you like something hot and appetizing to accompany your crispy cucumber slices? You can whip up this chimichurri recipe with a few pantry ingredients in about 10 minutes! If served as a side dish to your summer barbeque fun, you can also spread the Argentinean condiment to your grilled meat for an extra kick.

Zucchini and Squash Salad

Need an alternative to your cucumber and tomato salad? Steam summer squash and zucchini for a short period and combine them with tomatoes and salad dressing. Slightly steaming the veggies gives them more flavor and brighter color without losing their texture.

keto fried okra

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Fried Okra

If you don’t like okra, this crispy recipe will turn you into a convert! It uses almond flour for the breading to keep this side dish low in carbs. For best results, use fresh okra a day or two after you bought it. If you have an air fryer, go for that option as it’s healthier than pan frying (and cheaper too since you don’t have to use oil).

Eggplant Parmesan

If you’re craving some Italian food, this classic eggplant parmesan recipe is a great option. With eggplant as the main ingredient, you’ll get a good amount of vitamins, minerals, and fiber in few calories. Not the quickest dish to prepare but its flavor and nutrition are worth your time and effort.

Care to share your go-to summer recipes in the comments? We’d love to try them!

Easy Summer Recipes Fresh and Tasty Food to Try on Hot Days

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