Buckets of fried chicken, vats of baked beans, crunchy cole slaw and savory potato salad…summer has its own repetoire of tasty (but not so healthy) comfort foods. Luckily, making a few easy swaps can make the difference between diet demolition and staying on track. Here are a few health-ified (but still yummy, we promise!) versions of summer classics.
Dijon Mustard Potato Salad via Plated
Ditch the heavy mayonnaise with this zesty, flavorful potato salad recipe. Instead of gobs of mayo, add tangy mustard (whole-grain and Dijon), shallots, parsley, and vinegar.
Grilled Corn Cole Slaw with Tangy Lime Dressing via My Invisible Crown
This salad is as colorful as it is healthy. Taste the rainbow with shredded red and green cabbage, carrots, grilled corn, and red and orange bell peppers. The lime-cilantro dressing provides the perfect sweet-and-sour topping.
Photo: Christy / My Invisible Crown
Crispy Garlic & Parmesan Oven-Fried Chicken via Ambitious Kitchen
This genius recipe will probably change how you think about fried chicken forever. Instead of plunging breaded chicken pieces into a vat of oil, bake them in the oven until crispy and crunchy. A yogurt and herb marinade ensures that each piece is juicy and flavorful.
Photo: Monique / Ambitious Kitchen
Blackberry, Rosemary, and Yogurt Popsicles via Food52
Why buy crazy-colored ice pops full of questionable ingredients and dyes when you can make a healthy, all-natural batch at home? These double-layer berry pops are just sweet enough to count as dessert.
Baked Beans via The Healthy Foodie
Beans on their own are pretty healthy, but not when mixed with lots brown sugar and molasses. This baked beans recipe is a bit more savory, plus it’s vegetarian and made with natural, whole ingredients.
Photo: Sonia / The Healthy Foodie
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