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Healthy Summer Party Recipes

Healthy Summer Party Recipes

This week, we featured safe and healthy summer party recipes that are perfect for your next outdoor get-together.

First up are Healthy Deviled Eggs with Avocado that might be gone before you even have to worry about them sitting out.

Healthy Deviled Eggs with Avocado
Image and Recipe via Chef de Home


Throw together this easy Herbed Red Potato Salad that can sit out at your summer party.

Herbed Red Potato Salad
Image and Recipe via Cookie and Kate


This light Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta is a great way to get in some sweet corn.

Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta

Image and Recipe via Bon Appetit


July 6 was National Fried Chicken Day. Skip the fryer for your party with this Southern Oven-Fried Chicken.

Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad is a beautiful dish that’s safe outside on warm days.

Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad
Image and Recipe via Bon Appetit


Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad is a light and tasty side for any outdoor get-together.

Bring along this delicious Clean and Healthy Strawberry Crisp for dessert.

And check out our tips for a healthy summer party.


Healthy Comfort Food Spread

Healthy Comfort Food

We gave you some classic, healthy comfort food recipes this week to satisfy all your cravings without ruining your health goals.

First up was a crispy Buttermilk Oven-Fried Chicken that is only 264 calories a serving.

Image and Recipe via Self


Make this light, 30-minute Beef Stroganoff to satisfy your comfort food craving.

Crispy Baked Fish Sticks with Homemade Tartar Sauce are perfect for the entire family.

Crispy Baked Fish Sticks with Homemade Tartar Sauce
Image and Recipe via The Lemon Bowl


Crisp-Crust Chicken Potpie uses rotisserie chicken to make this recipe super easy and fast any night of the week.

Crisp-Crust Chicken Potpie
Image and Recipe via My Recipes


Turkey Meatloaf with Roasted Potatoes and Spinach is light version of the classic at 650 calories for the whole meal.

Turkey Meatloaf
Image and Recipe via Blue Apron


This healthy version of the southern classic Shrimp and Grits is just 236 calories per serving.

Shrimp and Grits
Recipe via My Recipes


Try out this Chicken Parmesan recipe makeover from Cooking Light magazine that cuts more than 200 calories off the original.

Chicken Parmesan Recipe Makeover
Image and Recipe via Cooking Light
Fried Chicken Diet

Long View: Why the Fried Chicken Diet Doesn’t Work

I am guessing many of you are in the same boat as me—wondering what to do about that pesky winter weight.

It’s a common problem, and I know I should do something about it. I get inspired with the first nice days of spring, but it seems by wintertime, I am adding another layer of winter warmth, so to speak.

I know many fad diets don’t work long-term. I have heard about the Paleo Diet, but I can’t picture myself eating like a caveman. The Grapefruit Diet worked for me, sort of, but only because I hate grapefruit.

Probably not the way for me to go.

When I have a question, I go to an expert, and we have one here at Health Alliance. Her name is Karen Stefaniak, and she is our wellness program administrator. She told me many diets don’t work long-term because people limit what they eat but don’t make behavior changes.

“Unfortunately most people on restrictive diets eventually gain back the weight they lost and possibly a little more,” she said. “It’s a shame to go through all that effort to end up where you started. Changes in a person’s behavior are the only way to ensure a long-term success.”

She continued: “The key to successful weight loss is to set specific goals you can reach. For example, rather than saying you are going to lose 20, set a goal to lose one pound a week. Each week, pick  a couple of things you can do that will help you lose that pound, like exercising more, limiting sweets or cutting down on snacks after dinner. Success breeds success.

“Reaching the goal of losing that first pound in week one will motivate you to keep going. You’ll begin to lose the weight slowly and at the same time learn behavior patterns that will help you keep the weight off. As always, talk with your doctor before starting any type of diet or exercise program.“

Well, Karen shared some do-able suggestions for starting a weight-loss plan. You could recruit a friend or coworker to start the journey together. I will give it a try, but I’m still hoping someone will come up with The Frito and Fried Chicken Diet. Oh wait, I am on that one now.


Patrick Harness is a community liaison with a long history of experience in health insurance. If you ask him to pick a color, he always chooses orange, and he is known for his inability to parallel park.