Broccoli is the star of this tasty salad and it’s easy to see why when you read this long list of health benefits. It’s one of our favorite superfoods and is a great source of vitamins K and C, folate, potassium, and fiber. All of these nutrients working together help keep your weight in check and also prevent diseases like cancer. Another healthy, and tasty ingredient in this healthy summer side dish are antioxidants known as “polyphenols”. Even if you can’t pronounce it, you’ll want to get some in your diet since these nutrients prevent many types of cancer, including lung, pharynx, endometrial, pancreatic, prostate and colon cancers. Wow!
This dish is always a summer favorite since it has cooling cucumber as the main ingredient. But besides keeping your body cool and hydrated, cucumbers help flush out toxins while infusing your body with potassium, magnesium, and loads of B vitamins. Paired with everyone’s favorite, avocado, these cucumber rolls are super delicious. Avocados are cholesterol free, have healthy fats which our bodies need, and loads of nutrients like calcium and iron. Yum!
Everyone’s favorite thing to do in the summer is grill! And these chicken kebabs will be your new favorite dish all season long. Paired with this healthy side, it’s definitely a crowd pleaser. Chickpeas are a great vegetarian source of protein, and they’re also packed with fiber which helps us feel full longer. And this yummy salad also has parsley which is a “cleaning” herb that helps rid our bodies of toxins. This green herb has vitamins C, K, and A, too!
This colorful summer side dish is full of flavor and has just a bit of sweet from those delicious apples. The health benefits are endless and start with the veggie cabbage. Cabbage has loads of vitamin C, which helps keep you looking young and boosts your immune system, and the fiber helps with digestive issues and keeps your bowels healthy. And those bright orange carrots have a long list of nutrients including vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. Wow! Enjoy them all in this yummy salad.
Want a little bit of a spicy kick in your side dish? Well this tasty and colorful salad is popping with nutrients. The black beans have fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6 without any cholesterol. These little nutrient powerhouses are paired with tomatoes, which have antioxidants, cancer fighting properties, and nutrients that support our bones. No wonder tomatoes are one of the healthiest foods in the world!
Now that you have some good ideas of what healthy summer side dishes to serve, you can rest assured that your family and friends will be getting tons of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients along with all that flavor!