When mike’s LITE hard lemonade reached out to me about creating healthier takes on summer fare, I was more than up for the challenge! I decided to revamp two appetizers, one entrée and one dessert and did my best to make dishes made with wholesome, healthy ingredients that we can all feel good about eating!
And stay tuned at the bottom of this post (it’s a LONG one!) for an awesome giveaway!
For the appetizers, I created two different creamy dips that utilize Greek yogurt as the main ingredient: An almond butter and honey fruit dip and a savory veggie dip!
Both dips come together in a flash and can be made with ingredients you likely already have on hand. No fuss!
First up is the almond butter and honey fruit dip!
I served this dip with crunchy apples and sweet strawberries.
It was a hit!
Cinnamon Almond Fruit Dip
- 2 cups fat free Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup all-natural almond butter
- 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds (+ more for garnish, if desired)
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir together until completely combined
- Top with additional sliced almonds, if desired, and serve with fresh fruit
The veggie dip is super simple to make and only requires one mixing bowl, so dishes are minimal!
A quick note about this veggie dip: It’s also delicious as a sandwich spread! I love it on top of a whole wheat roll with avocado and turkey.
Savory Veggie Dip
- 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh chopped scallions
- 1/4 teaspoon dried chives
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir together until completely combined
- Serve with fresh vegetables and enjoy
When I set out to create a healthy entrée, I wanted to make a delicious burger. I decided to use lean ground turkey as a base and knew I needed to add a lot of spice and flavor to the turkey to kick it up a notch. The end result was a tasty southwest burger that Ryan and I thought was fantastic!
I made these burgers for the first time over Mother’s Day weekend and again during a casual cook out at our house in Ocala. They were a hit on both occasions!
A little sliced avocado on top of the burgers make them even better!
Southwest Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 burgers
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
- 3/4 packet reduced sodium taco seasoning
- 3 tablespoons salsa
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup chopped scallions
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 avocado, sliced
- Combine all ingredients except for the sliced avocado
- Using your hands, squish everything together and mold into four patties
- Coat a sauté pan with olive oil and bring to a medium-high heat
- Place the burgers in the pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on each side
- Top burgers with sliced avocado and desired toppings and enjoy
During our Sunday afternoon barbeque with friends, we all ate our burgers with the mike’s LITE hard black cherry lemonade. This flavor was new to me and I was excited to try it since I’ve enjoyed the original mike’s hard lemonade for years. (I’ve been using it to make an awesome sangria since college!)
After one sip of the mike’s LITE hard black cherry lemonade, I absolutely loved it! It’s sweet, refreshing and reminds me of the perfect poolside beverage.
It’s light and crisp and sweetened with a bit of honey which is right up my alley.
And here’s the quick and easy sangria recipe I’ve been making with mike’s hard lemonade for years, though I made it with mike’s LITE hard lemonade this time to stay with the “lightened up” theme of today’s post!
It’s incredibly easy to throw together in a flash and is a refreshing summertime sangria!
- 1 bottle white wine (Riesling or Moscato work well)
- 3 11.2-ounce bottles mikes LITE hard lemonade
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 pint fresh raspberries
- Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and refrigerate for approximately two hours.
- Pour into glasses, garnish with a lemon slice if desired and enjoy!
Note: You may also add lemon-lime soda or lemonade to taste for additional sweetness and lemon flavor.
Dessert! My favorite course!
When I think of summertime desserts, ice cream immediately pops into my mind. I could easily eat a bowl of ice cream after every meal and never get sick of it, so that was the dessert I decided to tackle to try to make a little healthier. By using my favorite banana “soft serve” as a base, I added cacao powder and almond butter to the cold and creamy banana to make a dessert that only tasted indulgent!
Ryan and I both gobbled this up in no time at all and it definitely satisfied our sweet tooth in a healthier way!
Chocolate Almond Banana Soft Serve
- 5 frozen bananas, sliced (the riper the better!)
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons almond butter
- Place bananas and almond milk in a large food processor and blend until creamy, approximately 5 minutes
- Add cacao powder and almond butter and blend until combined
- Top with desired toppings and enjoy immediately
And now you’re hopefully all feeling a little hungry and ready to get cookin’ in the kitchen, so let’s move right along to the giveaway portion of this blog post!
Three PBF readers will win a $100 gift card to use at the grocery store to pick up the ingredients you will need to make your own lightened up version of your favorite summertime recipes.
To enter this giveaway, simply comment on this post by answering one (or both!) of the following questions:
- What is your favorite dish to enjoy at a summer cookout?
- What healthy dish do you like to bring to a summertime barbeque?
I will randomly select a winner on Monday!
I love corn on the cob but my favorite new receipe to bring with me is fruit salsa with cinnamon pita chips, it’s a hit every time!
I have to try these burgers! I am always looking for great turkey burger recipes
My favorite food for summer cookouts is probably corn on the cob or pasta salad
For a healthy food to bring to a bbq I have recently been loving quinoa salads a healthy and different alternative to pasta salad
I love a good veggie burger or steak tips! I usually bring a Caprese salad to cookouts — got to take advantage of tomato season 😉
I always bring homemade hummus with veggies.
My favorite food at a summer cookout is sweet, crisp corn!
I love appetizers; especially dips! I usually fill up on the dips before I get around to eating the main course! I’m usually the girls who brings fruit and veggies to a party. I bring them so I can feel better about myself when eating the dips!
Melanie Kellar says
Grilled buffalo turkey burgers are my fave!
Andrea B. says
I love potato salad.
Andria Parides says
My favorite dish to enjoy at a summer cookout is any kind of corn on the cob – i love adding different spices to them, and grilling corn on the cob – so delish!
What healthy dish do you like to bring to a summertime barbeque? I love a good fruit salad, especially for those hot summer days!
I love potato salad! Not good for me, but oh so good!
I love fresh grilled corn!
Britani Sidwell says
I made the southwest turkey burgers and the veggie dip for a cookout this past weekend. They were both a huge hit! The best part was, I had all the ingredients in my house already…no need for extra shopping!
I love a turkey burker at a cookout. I’m excited that you included a recipe on how to add flavor and texture to the ground turkey. I like when there is an option of smaller buns or lettuce leaves, too.
I usually cook with chicken breast, but I recently made chicken thigh kabobs for a cookout so the adults would have a healthier alternative to brats or hotdogs. It turned out the kids preferred them just as much! I trimmed the fat off of them to make them healthier, and the meat was so much more flavorful and juicy than chicken breast on the kabob. Delish!
I LOVE grilled veggies!
I love grilled shrimp at cookouts! They are rare but always make an appearance at my cookouts!
Cristina L. says
I just discovered this green bean-feta-mint salad that tastes amazing and is so easy to make. It’s my new go-to summer side!
I love to make cowboy caviar (a cold bean salad) served with tortilla chips or guacamole. I love trying and tasting all sorts of new yummies at BBQs, can’t wait to try your SW Turkey burgers!
I make a peach cucumber salsa that is delicious. I always look for an excuse to make it!
My favorite dish at cookouts are kabobs! I could eat them FOREVER.
My favorite healthy dish to bring is kale salad- most are hesitant to try but it always wins them over.
My favorite dish at a summer BBQ is guacamole. Healthy fats, right?!?!
I would love to try your Chocolate Almond Banana Soft serve this summer. Sounds delish!!
Michelle A says
Sometimes you just need a brat fresh from the grill!
Cori R. says
Veggie pizza is always a hit and refreshing light dish.
Jennifer McClure says
Made the turkey burgers tonight. Huge hit at my house & easy to make. Thanks!
Can’t wait to try the turkey burgers, they sound/look yummy!
I love making Vietnamese shrimp summer rolls for get together with family or friends, it’s always one of the first things to be finished!