Healthy summer recipes to try today

Now that the weather's warming up, it’s time to make the most of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. Try out some of our delicious heart-healthy recipes, including starters, main meals and desserts.

Three bruschettas with healthy toppings

Starter: Trio of bruschetta

Bruschetta with roast tomato, red onion and cannellini beans

Cannellini beans are from Italy and have a subtle nutty flavour and a fluffy texture, making them perfect for a tasty dip or toast topper. They are also great if you are trying to lose weight or increase your protein intake as they are low-calorie and high-protein.

Bruschetta with crushed broad beans

This is a quick and tasty recipe to whip up as a starter for a summer dinner party, or as a snack at a barbecue or picnic. Serve it with carrot sticks and celery, or toasted wholemeal pitta. Don’t have broad beans in? Try using frozen peas instead.

Bruschetta with sardines, tomato and watercress

Bring the Mediterranean to the UK with this garlicky, tomato bruschetta. It takes just 15 minutes to prepare in total, so it’s a great lunch when you’re in a hurry. If you’re not a fan of sardines then try tinned mackerel instead, both are oily fish that are a source of omega-3 fats.

Summer salmon, mushroom and pea risotto in a pan

Main: Asparagus and salmon risotto

It’s asparagus season in the UK until the end of June, make the most of it by pairing it with salmon, peas and mushrooms in this risotto. The recipe serves two, but try scaling up the ingredients for an impressive dinner party main course.

Three healthy summer salad toppings

Side or main: Summer salad

Fresh, crunchy salad is so much more appetising in the summer time, make the most of it with this simple salad recipe. Choose your favourite of the four toppings we suggest – chicken, fish, eggs, or beans, then dollop some yoghurt dressing on the top, and sprinkle with sunflower or pumpkin seeds.

Summer fruit smoothie ice lollies

Dessert: Summer fruit smoothie ice lollies

Avoid high-fat and sugar ice cream with this healthier alternative. Simple but delicious, these fruit smoothie lollies provide a cooling treat on a hot day. You can also try them with other fresh fruit or other low-fat fruit yoghurts.

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