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National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

It’s National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, and with in-season summer fruits and veggies and grilling season upon us, it’s time to make them a part of healthy meals.

First up, Grilled Veggie Kababs that are perfect with whatever you throw on the grill.

Grilled Veggie Kebabs with Creamer Potatoes & Tofu

Whip up this Loaded Veggie Salad with Chickpeas and Black Beans for a picnic.

Loaded Veggie Salad with Chickpeas and Black Beans Image and Recipe via Pip and Ebby

 

Strawberry Mango Chia Popsicles will be a great cool treat all summer long.

Strawberry Mango Chia Popsicles

This Grilled Hawaiian BBQ Chicken in Foil is an easy, all-in-one summer dinner.

Grilled Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken in Foil

Make this 4-Ingredient Fruit Salad Pineapple Boat for an impressive and easy party dish.

4-Ingredient Fruit Salad Platter and a Pineapple Boat

Light Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad will be delicious at your summer BBQs.

Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
Image and Recipe via Salt & Lavender

 

Easy Balsamic Grilled Vegetables with Goat Cheese will be your new go-to side dish.

Balsamic Grilled VegetablesImage and Recipe via NeighborFood

National Salad Month Recipes

National Salad Month Recipes

It’s National Salad Month, and salad can be your go-to dish for any meal with these delicious and easy-to-make salad recipes.

First up is a hearty Roasted Butternut Squash Salad, perfect for a warm dinner.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Make Asparagus Caprese Salad with Basil Gremolata for a healthy get-together side.

Asparagus Caprese Salad with Basil Gremolata

Skip the takeout with this tasty Grilled Chicken Guacamole Chopped Salad.

Grilled Chicken Guacamole Chopped Salad
Image and Recipe via Tablespoon

 

Serve this Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad for brunch.

Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad & The End of Summer

Whip up this California Steak Salad with Chimichurri Dressing for a light summer meal.

California Steak Salad with Chimichurri Dressing

Make this Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing to get your veggies.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

This summery Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad and Mango Avocado Salsa is sweet and tasty.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad + Mango Avocado Salsa

Kiwi Recipes Anytime

Healthy Kiwi Recipes

This week, we featured the in-season fruit in sweet and savory kiwi recipes that your whole family will love.

First up is a refreshing Winter Fruit Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing.

Winter Fruit Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing

Winter Fruit Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing

 

Whip up this hearty Prosciutto, Goat Cheese & Kiwi Toast for breakfast.

Prosciutto Goat Cheese & Kiwi Toast

 

This beautiful Raw Blueberry and Kiwi Tart will be a hit at holiday parties.

Raw Blueberry and Kiwi Tart

 

Make this easy and healthy Kiwi Chia Pudding with Coconut Milk for dessert.

Cleansing Kiwi Chia Pudding with Coconut Milk

 

Kiwi and Avocado Chicken Salad makes the perfect light lunch.

Kiwi and Avocado Chicken Salad

 

Make Coconut Kiwi Banana Bread for a tropical snack or breakfast.

Coconut Kiwi Banana Bread
Image and Recipe via The Baking Robot

 

Vegan Kiwi Mango Cheesecake will be a holiday showstopper.

Vegan Kiwi Mango Cheesecake

Vegan Kiwi Mango Cheesecake

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Barbeques

Oh, Sweet Summertime Barbecues!

Warm weather and barbecues go hand in hand. With so many tempting foods, it can be work to control your cravings. BBQ sauce, cheese, sweet drinks, and desserts can all be sugar-filled. So, as much as you want to enjoy everything, it’s important to do it in moderation.

Did you know that the average meal at barbecues has over 1,600 calories and 170 grams of carbohydrates?

Of course, meal plans are different from person to person, but the American Diabetes Association (ADA), recommends a normal meal have 45 to 60 grams of carbs. In just two tablespoons of BBQ sauce, you can rack up 15 grams of carbs and 10 grams of sugar. That’s before you even get to the s’mores!

But there are some easy ways to stay on track at summertime barbecues.

Tips for Cutting Calories at Barbecues

Fill your plate using the diabetes plate method. Load at least half your plate with non-starchy veggies, like grilled zucchini and peppers, leaving only a quarter of your plate for starchy veggies like corn and potato salad. Fill the last quarter with proteins like chicken or a turkey burger.

Serve or bring a tray of non-starchy veggies like carrots, celery, tomatoes, peppers and broccoli. Add a non-fat dip like salsa, fat-free dressing, or hummus.

Remember, non-starchy vegetables have about 5 grams of carbohydrate in 1 cup raw (½ cup cooked). These carbs are usually fiber, so unless you eat more than 2 cups raw, you probably don’t need to count the carbs.

Create a salad bar. Leafy greens, low-fat cheese, nuts (almond slices or walnuts), and a side of low-fat salad dressing go great with BBQ.

Pack flavored seltzer water or add fruit wedges to ice-cold water for a healthy and refreshing drink.

Make your own BBQ sauce. Combine:

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup diet cola
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes or diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.

 

For dessert, try this tropical fruit salad with mango-flavored chutney from Diabetes Forecast:

Peeled and diced:

  • 2 small kiwis
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 medium mango

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon mango chutney
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom

 

Happy grilling and check out our Pinterest for more recipes.