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Popsicalia—Healthy Treats to Beat the Summer Heat

Summer is the best. Longer days, vacations, family barbecues and plenty of sun. 

Except when it’s the worst. Too much sun, high humidity, even higher temperatures and enough “hangry” to power a nuclear generator!

But don’t sweat—we’ve got some thoroughly chilling recipes for simple, tasty and, above all, healthy homemade ice pops. As you read through, let your creativity run wild using these recipes as jumping-off points.

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Healthy Choices for Mom at the Memorial Day BBQ – Grilled Vegetable Kebabs!

Looking to try and stay healthy for you and your baby, but having intense cravings for a Memorial Day “cheat day?” Well, we have a way for you to curb those cravings and stay healthy with our list of grill-side summer favorites! These recipes will make your house the house to be at for this season’s cookouts without breaking the bank or keeping you slaving over the grill.

Grilled vegetables as a main course? Though veggies are often considered to just be a side dish, with a little inspiration and a taste of our recipe below, these goodies will be on your go-to list and taking center-stage.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette

Healthy Choices for Mom at the Memorial Day BBQ – Spring Greens & Butternut Squash

No offense to zucchini, but the health benefits of fall-harvest squashes far eclipse their summer cousins. That doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice your health in the summer season – you can gain all of the same health benefits by choosing a winter squash of your choice for this go-to, easy-to-prepare, refreshing summer favorite.

Though technically a fruit, squash and other members of the gourd family (cucumbers, zucchini, and melons) are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients that will keep you healthy throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

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Healthy Choices for Mom on Memorial Day – Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Instead of meat for a main dish, try a hearty portobello mushroom burger. These burgers will satisfy your summer-loving grill needs without introducing more red meat into your diet!

Shopping List:

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Clove of garlic
  • Rosemary, oregano, or Italian seasoning
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Whole-grain or oat buns

Here are some common household ingredients to make sure that you have on-hand as well:

  • Salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Peel and mince your clove of garlic
  2. Mix together 1 1/2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, minced of garlic, and herbs (salt, pepper and other spices) to taste.
  3. Marinate a large portobello mushroom (or several if you’re sharing this dish) in your dressing.
  4. Grill the portobello mushrooms over medium heat until tender (about 5 minutes on each side).
  5. If you want, you can toast your bun for the last minute or two as well.
  6. Serve alone or on a whole-grain bun with healthy condiments and enjoy

PRO TIP: Don’t have a grill? Instead of grilling, you can also broil these mushrooms using the medium setting.