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As we have mentioned before, fitness is only one part of a healthy lifestyle – nutrition is another vital aspect to overall health and wellness. During the summer, when fresh fruits and veggies abound, it is pretty easy to get inspired in the kitchen! Too hot to cook inside? Take dinner outside and cook it on the grill!

Speaking of grilling, kebabs are a great summer meal! You can load them up with meat and veggies, cook them on the grill to keep the house cool, and there are endless styles and flavor combination just waiting for you to try!

The top foods that just scream summer are, in our opinion, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, and watermelon. Here are some of our favorite healthy recipes that incorporate these summer foods!

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Light, refreshing, and hydrating – cucumbers are a versatile snack or side in the summer.

A great go-to summer salad is the Cucumber, Onion, and Tomato Salad (below center). It is super simple and always delicious!
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If you are looking for a light and tasty appetizer or party food, try the Vietnamese Spring Rolls (above left/right). Using a rice noodle wrapper you can fill these with whatever fresh veggies you have (but we highly recommend adding some cucumber), and you can pair them with a variety of sauces (but our favorite is spicy peanut sauce!)

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If you have ever tried growing your own zucchini, you know that one plant produces more food than one person and a few horses could eat without bursting. This is probably why there are so many creative recipes for zucchini out there. Here are a few of our favorite things to do with it.

Grill it! A great addition to a kebab, you can also just marinate or lightly cover with pesto and Parmesan and throw it directly on the grill!

Bake it! Make a zucchini bread or simple baked zucchini chips.

Pan fry it! Zucchini Fritters might be one of the tastiest ways to use extra zucchini and they make a great party appetizer!
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Well the aforementioned Cucumber, Tomato, Onion salad, of course falls under this heading too, but if you are looking for a full meal, try Tomato, Basil Pasta! Using fresh tomatoes and basil will really make the flavors pop!



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Like cucumber, watermelon is a juicy, refreshing summer treat! Looking for something cool and light for dessert? Try this easy and delicious Watermelon Sorbet!

Another crossover recipe, these Watermelon Cucumber Salad Cups are great for a party combining savory with sweet!

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Remember, always try to incorporate as many natural colors into you food, because, when it comes to fruits and veggies, more colors almost always means more nutrients! Eat the rainbow! Here are our two favorite summer rainbow foods that just happen to also be kebabs!
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Bon Appétit!