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.
Fruit Kebab with Chocolate Drizzle
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.
Yellow Tomato Gazpacho in Cucumber Cups
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
Lemon-Blueberry Dice Pops
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
Spicy Grilled Corn With Feta and Lime
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.
Grilled Shrimp with Lime, Orange, and Basil Oil
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
Teriyaki Shrimp Skewers
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.
Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese and Bacon Bite
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
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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.
Tiny Taco Shells
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
Chilled Cucumber Soup
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 .
Pina colada smoothie
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.
Peanut butter-strawberry sandwich
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-sizeand kid-friendlyversion 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.
Summer baseball games and boardwalk adventures are a must for summer fun, but be wary of tempting foods, like corn dogs or nachos.
If you're craving a little something salty, opt for a bag of peanuts. Just 12 dry-roasted peanuts are 72 calories. Plus, they're fun to crack!
Grilled Halibut, Bay Leaf, and Lemon Kebabs
Mini skewers of halibut, fresh lemon slices, and bay leaves add a fancy touch to a casual weekend barbecue. And, they're quick and easy to make!
Halibut is one of the best sources of selenium, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant.
Two skewers are 90 calories.
Try this recipe: Grilled Halibut, Bay Leaf, and Lemon Kebabs
Green seedless grapes
This little oval fruit is a delicious and healthy poolside snack. Pluck half a cup of green seedless grapes in your mouth for 52 calories.
Tip: For an even cooler treat, freeze grapes first, then serve.
You can order all kinds of "skinny" drinks nowadays and why should we discriminate the mojito. Enjoy this refreshing summer cocktail for just 74 calories.
How to make: 4 fluid ounces Fresca, 12 mint leaves, 1 fluid ounce rum, 1 tablespoon Splenda, 1/2 fluid ounce fresh lime juice).
Chocolate-Drizzled Peach Slices
For a sweet and refreshing summer dessert, drizzle a little chocolate over ripe peach slices.
Two peach slices are just 63 calories.
How to make: 2 peach slices and 1 tablespoon Hershey’s Special Dark Syrup.
Mini Hummus and Tomato Sandwiches
Get with the Greek on your next picnic with these cute hummus and tomato pita pockets. Just 58 calories for two pitas.
How to make: 1 (2-inch) mini pita, halved, and each filled with 1/2 TBSP hummus, 1 cherry tomato, quartered, and sprig of cilantro.
Tropical snack mix
If you're traveling this summerbe it by car, plane, or boatit's always nice to bring a healthy snack to prevent road-trip temptations.
This tropical snack mix is packed with protein and is just 75 calories.
How to make: 2 teaspoons coconut flakes, 6 raw almonds, and 2 teaspoons chopped dried mango.
Easy Refrigerator Pickles
Pickles are a must when it comes to barbecues, picnics, and even baseball games.
Snack guilt-free for just 28 calories per 1/4 cup of pickles.
Try this recipe: Easy Refrigerator Pickles
Chunky chile salsa
Add a little more spice to a hot summer day with this chunky chile salsa. Snack on 1/3 cup for just 21 calories.
Prefer a smoother salsa? Pulse half of it in a blender, then fold it back into the chunky half.
Try this recipe: Chunky Chile Salsa
Virgin Bloody Mary
Hosting a weekend brunch? Whip up these quick-and-easy (and low calorie) virgin Bloody Mary's.
How to make: Combining 1 cup mix plus celery-and-carrot garnish will make a virgin Bloody Mary worth only 77 calories.
Cool off on a hot afternoon without the extra calories with this cranberry slushy. One guilt-free ice slush is just 70 calories.
How to make: One-half cup cranberry juice cocktail and 1 tsp fresh lime juice blended with 1 cup ice cubes.
Iced Green Tea Smoothie
Cool off with one cup of green tea smoothie for 80 calories.
Caffeine and an antioxidant called catechin are thought to boost your immunity and metabolism, so green tea can help you shed pounds and trim your waist.
Try this recipe: Spiced Green Tea Smoothie
Homemade Ginger Ale
Get a bubbly, crisp taste for half the caloriesjust 72 per servingand sugar than store-bought varieties of ginger ale.
Garnish with fresh citrus or fruit during brunch or use as a cocktail mixer for a summer soiree.
Try this recipe: Homemade Ginger Ale
It's 5-o'clock somewhere, right? Cool off with this refreshing margarita spritzer for just 65 calories.
How to make: 1 TBSP Bacardi Mixers Frozen Margarita Concentrate, 1 TBSP fresh lime juice, and 1 TBSP tequila, topped with chilled seltzer and a lime wedge.
Sunrise in Miami Mocktail
Wake up on a summer morning to a citrusy, low-cal libation with this mini mocktail. Sip one drink for 73 calories.
How to make: 3 1/2 ounces pineapple juice, 1 ounce orange juice, crushed ice, orange slice to garnish.