|Personal-sized, low-calorie recipes of your favorite summer treats, snacks, and drinks. - By Ashley Macha |
You trained hard to get in shape for summer, so don't let tempting summer foods get in the way. Here are 35 delicious summer treats, snacks, and drinks that are low in calories.
| This colorful and juicy treat will satisfy any sweet tooth. Snack on one fruit kebab for 62 calories. |
How to make: 1 strawberry; 1 piece each kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple; and 2 blueberries skewered and drizzled with 1 tsp. Hershey's chocolate syrup.
| Take advantage of ripe lycopene-rich summer tomatoes and make these cute cucumber cups stuffed with yellow tomato gazpacho. |
Crunch on four cucumber cups for just 80 calories.
Try this recipe: Yellow Tomato Gazpacho in Cucumber Cups
| You don't have to roll the dice to know you've won the jackpot with these 43-calorie pops, packed with antioxidant-rich blueberries and tart lemon juice. |
Try this recipe: Lemon-Blueberry Dice
| Grilling corn adds a smoky bite to a sweet veggie. Enjoy 1/2 of an ear for 78 calories. |
How to make: Top 1/2 medium ear grilled corn with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon crumbled feta cheese, 1 teaspoon lime juice, and a dash of cayenne pepper.
| Herbs and berries mix together to make a low-cal, yet flavorful, summer treat. Even the kids will love them! |
One strawberry-balsamic swirl pop is 89 calories.
Try this recipe: Strawberry-Balsamic Swirl
| Shrimp makes a convenient appetizer for summer grilling. Enjoy four zesty shrimp for just 76 calories. |
Plus, a 3-ounce serving of shrimp has 14% of your recommended daily amount of iron.
Try this recipe: Grilled Shrimp with Lime, Orange, and Basil Oil
| For a bubbly treat this summer—with a little vitamin C from strawberries and kiwi—cool off with a 74-calorie prosecco pop. |
Tip: If you want to make a liquor-free treat, substitute apple juice for the prosecco.
Try this recipe: Prosecco Pop
| Bring a tropical twist to your outdoor barbecue with these personal-sized pineapple and shrimp skewers. |
Enjoy 2 protein-packed skewers for just 46 calories.
How to make: 4 shrimp and 6 pineapple chunks, grilled and placed on 2 skewers with 1/8 teaspoon chives and 1 teaspoon teriyaki sauce.
| It's hard to serve a full salad at a picnic or patio barbecue, so opt for these individual wedge salad bites with blue cheese and bacon. |
Mixing low-fat yogurt and blue cheese crumbles cuts back drastically on the fat in most store-bought blue cheese dressings.
Four wedges are a mere 40 calories, so snack away!
Try this recipe: One-Bite Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese and Bacon
| These mini bites are a refreshing appetizer to pass around a sunset party this summer. |
Enjoy three Caprese bites for just 74 calories!
How to make: 1 sliced cherry tomato, stuffed with 1/8 ounce mozzarella and 1 basil leaf; drizzled with 1/4 teaspoon olive oil.
| This bite-size sandwich classic makes for yummy snacking during a picnic in the park. Enjoy one bite for just 72 calories. |
How to make: 1/2 slice whole-wheat bread, cut into 2 triangles and stacked with 1/2 (cooked) bacon slice, 1 thin tomato slice, 1/4 lettuce leaf, and 1 teaspoon light mayo.
| If you're having a fiesta this summer, control your portion sizes with these taco shell bites. Snack on two shells for 62 calories. |
How to make: 2 Tostitos Scoops!, each topped with 1 teaspoon black beans (heated), 1/2 teaspoon shredded cheddar cheese (melted), 1 teaspoon salsa, 1 teaspoon cubed avocado, and 1/2 teaspoon each sour cream and chopped cilantro
| No one wants a warm soup on a hot day. Refresh your palate with this chilled cucumber soup for just 79 calories. |
How to make:1 cup peeled, chopped cucumber, one-half cup plain nonfat yogurt, 1 TBSP chopped fresh mint, and a pinch of salt, blended with 3 ice cubes.
| These one-bite skewers make a light, refreshing nosh for a summer get-together. Indulge in five skewers for 46 calories. |
How to make: 5 watermelon balls, 5 (one-half inch) feta cheese cubes, and 5 mint leaves on 5 skewers .
| Whether balled, diced, or eaten from the rind, this red summer fruit is a fan favorite at picnics and barbecues. |
Enjoy one cup of lycopene-rich watermelon for 46 calories.
Tip: Check thoroughly for seeds.
| Wake up to this tropical fruit shake for just 79 calories. |
Tip: Save time with frozen or pre-cut pineapple.
How to make: 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, 1/4 cup coconut water, 1/4 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt and 1 cup ice blended until smooth and garnished with 1 pineapple chunk.
| If you're heading on a road trip this summer, don't let pit-stop food selections steer you away from a healthy diet. |
Try our bite-size—and kid-friendly—version of a peanut butter-strawberry sandwich. Two are just 49 calories.
How to make: 2 Reduced Fat Wheat Thins, 1 teaspoon peanut butter, and 2 slices of strawberry.
| If you're hosting a summer movie night, ditch the buttered popcorn and sodium-rich topping for this light cheese flavoring. Enjoy bold Parmesan flavors for just 56 calories. |
How to make: 1 cup air-popped popcorn tossed with 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan.
| Your carefree summer won't have consequences with this island-inspired indulgence. |
One large starfruit—similar in taste and texture to a pineapple—is 38 calories.
|Click here to see more delicious low-calorie foods that are perfect for summer!|