It feels like we’ve been celebrating America all summer long…Memorial Day into the Fourth of July and now we’re gearing up for Labor Day…its been fun but trust me; all those red white and blue treats aren’t doing anything for your waistline. We totally get it – we prefer to lounge poolside and indulge at barbeque after barbeque all summer long too. Unfortunately, running after the ice-cream truck doesn’t count as exercise, and come mid-July (wait, that’s now…) those little indulgences start to add up, and noticeably. That’s why on July 1st, Spa Week launched our Healthy Summer Treat Recipe Giveaway to get you back on track and focused on your personal wellness. We challenged you to share your favorite healthy recipes on our Facebook page so that we can present five winners with a $50 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week and a Spa Water Recipe Book, to ensure you end the summer looking and feeling just as good (or better!) as you did when it started! So many of you have shared so far, check out some of our reader’s favorites healthy treats:
Tomato & Basil Finger Sandwiches
Kristen R. from Michigan
To make: Spread 2 teaspoons of reduced-fat mayonnaise on whole wheat bread. Layer with a thick slice of tomato and a teaspoon of sliced fresh basil, and add salt and pepper to taste. Simply slice in half and serve!
Carolyn M. from South Carolina
To make: Start with organic baby spinach in a bowl, and add in fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and feta cheese. Add in any other seasonal fruits and vegetables you have on hand. Top with walnuts and Greek olives, and serve!
Kellie O. from Georgia
To make: Chop strawberries and bananas. Mix with granola and drizzle honey on top. Yum!
Brandy A. from Tennessee
To make: Cut up watermelon, oranges, bananas, kiwi, peaches, pineapple and strawberries. Stack on as desired and devour!
Chicken Broccoli Pasta
Julie A. from Virginia
To make: Cook whole wheat pasta and set aside. Chop two cups broccoli, one red pepper, one green pepper and one onion. Then cook chicken (cut into one inch cubes). Mix chicken and vegetables with the pasta, add three-quarters of a cup light Italian dressing and top with one-third of a cup grated Parmesan cheese. Refrigerate for two hours and then serve!
Thanks for sharing these delectable treats! Don’t forget, the contest is open until July 31st, so there’s still time for you to share your favorite healthy summer recipe and win! Visit our Facebook page to get the details and send over your favorite recipe!