The season of picnics, barbecues, beach trips, and vacations is officially in full swing. Summer is the perfect time to explore new places and embrace your inner foodie. However, you don’t need to choose between the flavors you love and a healthy lifestyle. Staying on track with your wellness goals while still enjoying your favorite summer treats is easier than you think. Enhance your summer menu and try one of these healthy recipes for lunch, a snack, or whenever!
Garbanzo Bean Pineapple Summer Salad
Nothing says summer like the sweet and refreshing taste of pineapple and avocado. These ingredients take center stage in this plant-based, protein-packed garbanzo bean salad. Toss in Green Valley organic garbanzo beans for even more natural goodness. The best part? You don’t need to turn on the oven or stove.
Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is a summer barbecue staple, and this variation of the popular side will quickly become a favorite among your family and friends. Bring this flavorful dish to life using Green Valley organic whole kernel corn. For more protein and veggies, try adding grilled chicken and cherry tomatoes.
Sweet Potato Falafel and Jalapeño Ranch Bowls
Summer is the season of all things fresh and zesty. This unique twist on a classic burrito bowl is exploding with flavors, nutrients, and just the perfect amount of heat. Not a fan of sweet potatoes? Try making your own falafel with Green Valley organic garbanzo beans.
Parmesan Zucchini and Corn
Wholesome, easy, and cheesy are three indicators of a satisfying meal. This zucchini and corn salad is perfect as a light lunch, snack or side. Just mix in our Green Valley organic whole kernel corn, zucchini, cilantro, and lime juice before topping with parmesan cheese.
Avocado-Basil White Bean Dip
Perfectly ripe avocados are a summertime staple. The fruit tastes even better paired with Green Valley organic great northern beans, garlic, basil, and red pepper flakes. Serve with pita chips, carrots, crackers or your other favorite dippers.
Brownie Batter Dessert Hummus
Garbanzo beans and chocolate may seem like an unlikely duo, but this flavor combination might just be the most clever way to infuse organic ingredients into dessert. Green Valley organic garbanzo beans add protein and fiber to this versatile treat. Serve with pretzel sticks, fruit, graham crackers, or as cake frosting.
Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie
Now, we know what you’re thinking. Black beans in a smoothie? This unexpected ingredient adds all the protein you want without the chemicals you don’t. Use Green Valley organic black beans to make this smoothie extra creamy. Sweeten with dates or bananas for a guilt-free treat you can enjoy on the go.
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