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Summer Recipes: Homestyle Breakfasts

Summer Recipes - Homestyle BreakfastsEvery season has it's culinary temptations. Halloween is accompanied by bowls of candy, and the home cooking of the holiday season is notorious for breaking diets. But nothing tempts you to let go and enjoy yourself quite like the warm glow of summer. The days are sunny and carefree, the nights are short and warm, and barbecues are everywhere. Instead of letting your diet slip this summer, treat yourself to a delicious menu of light summery dishes that are fun to share with friends and are surprisingly good for your health and waistline. We've put together a collection of tempting dishes to so everyone can enjoy eating right and light all summer long.

Homestyle Breakfasts

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the last thing you want to do is to load up on sausage, bacon, and buttery biscuits when you're trying to eat right. Instead of letting your morning hunger steer you wrong, reward yourself with delicious alternative breakfasts made with a delightful mix of eggs, healthy cheeses, and beautifully cut fruits and veggies.

Light Omelet

Challenge yourself to invent a few new and delicious omelet recipes for your breakfast skillet this year by whipping your egg with skim milk and dicing a few of your favorite summer vegetables into the filling. Top with a light sprinkling of a healthy cheese like Gouda, or experiment with whatever is in your fridge.

  • Eggs
  • Skim milk
  • Gouda cheese
  • Diced summer vegetables

Fruit and Cheese Salad

Fruit and cheese is a classic way to get a healthy mix of vitamins and minerals with energizing protein. Instead of the traditional fruit salad, try a greater focus on 'stone' fruits to combine with your berries and citrus. Strawberries and clementines, plums and nectarines, peaches and pears all make delicious additions to a traditional fruit salad, and feta or goat cheese adds a delicious light protein. Experiment with dressing using wine, almond oil, and just a touch of vinegar to taste.

  • Summer Fruits
  • Feta or goat cheese
  • White wine
  • Almond oil
  • Vinegar (if desired)

Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast tacos are a DIY favorite because you can put almost anything into them. To steer yourself away from the traditional heavy fillings, prepare fresh diced tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, and black beans along with any other veggies you like in your tacos before getting started. Add just a sprinkle of cheese to your eggs for flavor and keep your favorite salsa handy to top them off.

  • Pan-fried diced chicken
  • Tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado
  • Black beans
  • Lowfat cheese
  • Salsa

Strawberry French Toast

We know there are going to be mornings when you wake up with a sweet tooth, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to break your diet. French toast may be notoriously unhealthy, but it's really just egg and bread, the same as if you had scrambled eggs on dry toast. What makes it unhealthy is how you top it. This time, try slicing fresh delicious strawberries with just a light shake of powdered sugar. Missing your syrup? Slice the strawberries the night before and put them in a Tupperware container with three tablespoons of water and one tablespoon of sugar. You'll have cool syrupy strawberries by morning at a fraction of the diet cost.

  • Eggs
  • Bread slices
  • Strawberries
  • 2 tbs water
  • 1 tbs sugar

Parfaits and Yogurt Smoothies

Of course, we can't forget the healing power of yogurt and how deliciously it combines with fruit. For those of you who could live on yogurt and fruit, there's no better way to start off the day. Parfaits allow you to make beautiful morning art in your clear glasses by swirling your summer fruit and yogurt together with a healthy sprinkling of your favorite crushed nut. For those of you who would rather drink your breakfast on the go, use more fruit and a cup of crushed ice in the blender to turn this same healthy breakfast into a grab-and-go smoothie.

  • Fruit of choice
  • Nonfat yogurt
  • Crushed nuts
  • Crushed ice (for a smoothie)

Treating yourself to amazing breakfasts this summer doesn't have to mean compromising on your health. By stocking up your fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables, you can eat something new and delicious every morning that is packed with vitamins and nutrients and doesn't break the calorie bank. 

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