Summertime is finally here bringing with it warm days, enjoyable times with friends and family, and fresh produce. In fact, the start of June marks the beginning of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. Keep your mind sharp and your body healthy by celebrating the start of the summer season with some fresh fruits and veggies. Not only is produce packed with healthy vitamins and fibers, but it is also the foundation for many creative low carb summer recipes. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite fresh fruit recipes for summer and delicious low carb vegetable dishes as proof:
1. Almond Raspberry Smoothie
June is peak berry season, so there’s no better time to enjoy the tart flavor and bright color of raspberries. This simple four-ingredient Almond Raspberry Smoothie makes for a balanced breakfast, or even an energy-packed snack when you hit a mid-afternoon slump. Each serving contains 18.2g protein and 10.3g of net carbs.
2. Avocado Salsa
Our delicious, creamy Avocado Salsa utilizes red onions, jalapeños, and tomatoes to make for the perfect fresh veggie recipe. Avocados are not only the inspiration for this snack, but they are also the green machine of heart-healthy fats, potassium, and vitamins C and E. Each serving contains 1.3g protein and 3.6g net carbs.
3. Watermelon, Feta, and Cucumber Salad
There are few fresh fruit recipes for summer that are more tasty and refreshing than our Watermelon, Feta, and Cucumber Salad. Tossed with lime juice, olive oil, and fresh mint, this bright and juicy produce combo makes for the perfect dinner side dish or afternoon snack. Each serving contains 4.7g protein and 5g net carbs.
4. Veggie Kebabs
It wouldn’t be a summer celebration without busting out the grill. Embrace the warm weather and have some friends over for a Veggie Kebabs night! Stacked with zucchini, red pepper, and
mushrooms, this fresh veggie recipe is the real deal and proves that not all cookouts require meat. Simply grill the kebabs until they’re crisp, tender, and have grill marks. Each serving contains 3g protein and 4.5g net carbs.
5. Chicken with Peach Salsa
There aren’t many low carb fruit and fresh veggie recipes that are as summer-perfect as Grilled Chicken with Peach Salsa. Just toss your chicken on the grill, and top it with a fresh and tasty homemade peach salsa filled with jalapeno, red onion, tomato, cilantro, lime juice, chili powder, and olive oil. Each serving contains a whopping 22.1g protein and 4.4g net carbs.
6. Asian Vegetable Bowl
Who needs takeout when you can make your own homemade Asian Vegetable Bowl! Toss together some fresh bok choy and mushrooms, then enhance the flavor with a unique combination of garlic, ginger, and tamari soybean sauce. This quick low carb vegetable recipe is a great go-to when you are craving flavor but don’t have much time to cook. Each serving contains 10.6g protein and 7.4g net carbs.
7. Blueberry Turkey Burger
Our Blueberry-Turkey Burger is a delicious and creative idea for cooking with fresh fruit. Each bite is full of flavor as you combine chopped red bell peppers, feta cheese, and blueberries to your ground turkey mix. Each serving contains 19.6g protein and 3.8g net carbs. Quick tip: You can add different fresh fruits and vegetables to any burger patty at your next cookout!
For more ideas on how to cook low carb for the summer, check out our featured recipes.