Summer is finally here and you know what that means...BBQ Season!! Who doesn't love gathering together with family and friends to laugh, grill and eat together? The biggest challenge with a Summer BBQ is not knowing what to bring! I have compiled a recipe collection of refreshing drinks, mango salsa, summer berry salad, fresh grilled fish tacos, and a healthy dessert!
To kick of the party we will start with two of my favorites: Sugar Free Popsicles & Healthy Pina Coladas! Both are made with full fat coconut milk, making this treat dairy free! Summer in Hawaii is no joke. Were talking blazing sunny days at 85 degree temperatures with no air conditioning. I will do anything in the summer to stay cool and refreshed, so these homemade sugar free popsicles are just what I need! These Summer days are long, hot and busy! This treat is the perfect healthy snack to a quick grab and go, or simply to cool you down after a long hot day. Both these popsicles are super easy to make, and only take around an hour to freeze up and harden. I keep them in my fridge and grab them as a quick snack when the heat is taking over. I created two delicious popsicles: one sweet and one chocolaty!
The ingredients are fresh and simple! The mango dreamsicle is made up of: mango, full fat coconut milk, honey, chia seeds and a squeeze of lime. The chunky monkey is simply: frozen banana, natural peanut butter, cacao powder and almond milk. Simply blend all the ingredients together, and pour into the popsicle mold. Let it sit for an hour or two and you have the perfect summer treat!
Piña coladas have always been my favorite drink! I'm pretty sure half of my vacation fund is spent on these things. I've started making this delicious drink a lot lately and my husband and I will sip them on the beach. It's magical! This recipe works best with canned coconut milk because it gives it the perfect creamy taste. The canned coconut milk is what gives it the signature creamy taste! I love to cut up fresh pineapple and freeze that, but canned pineapple works too. I have tried a lot of piña colada recipes, and through trial and error, I have finally gotten it just right! Enjoy this refreshing drink! :)
Mango Dreamsicle & Chunky Monkey Popsicles
Yields 4 Popsicles each
Healthy Pina Colada Smoothie
This mango salsa recipe has quickly become a staple around here! This salsa is so fresh and delicious! If you are looking for a perfect side dish to all the summer bbq's this will be a definite winner. I made it because I had extra mangos and wanted to sweeten up my Mexican bowl one night. My husband went crazy over it and has been begging me to make it ever since! The salsa taste amazing just on its own, but it also pairs well with so many things! You can put it on tacos, chicken and even fish (I love it on salmon). The red onion is what gives the recipe an extra punch as well as a few jalapeno seeds. Its the perfect combination of sweet and tangy!
This Summer Time Berry Salad has been my favorite ever since my aunt made it for me as a little girl! The combination of the zippy balsamic vinaigrette, creamy goat cheese, bright fruit and sweet pecans makes for the perfect salad. This recipe is simple but packs a big punch! It's a perfect seasonal summer dish to cool you down after a hot day. In my opinion, the perfect salad consist of crisp lettuce, delicious dressing, nuts, and seasonal fruit. Berries happen to be my all time favorite food, so of course I love them on my salads! Feel free to add or substitute tart cranberries or fruit of your choice! I love this with creamy goat cheese, but feta cheese works great also.
Summer Berry Balsamic Salad
Can we all take a moment of silence for these beautiful tacos? Growing up I hated fish (I know, disgraceful). It wasn't until I moved to Hawaii 2 years ago that I really gave it a chance. I even like raw fish now, people do change!! For the past year I worked at this awesome restaurant, Pounders, and I go introduced to Mahi Mahi. For fish haters, mahi mahi is basically the chicken of fish. It is super mild, moist, flaky and light!
For this recipe I season the fish with some Mexican inspired seasonings and sear it in avocado oil. It gives it a nice crisp on the skin but the inside stays moist and delicate. I pair the fish with the best mango salsa! (see a few post back). I add fresh pineapple into the salsa to give it some nice tang. I also roast some red and orange peppers and top it with cilantro and avocado.
Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos
Ingredients for fish:
This tasty treat is the perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth! These are so easy and packed with protein. I love to eat them after working out or simply when I crave cookies! They only require 6 ingredients and takes minutes to make.Toasted coconut, rolled outs, dark chocolate chips, natural peanut butter, organic honey, and a splash of vanilla!
Healthy Toasted Coconut Protein Bites:
Toasted Coconut Directions: