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Healthy Summer Recipes

Summer recipes are here! From under-20-minute meals to grilling recipes to no-bake desserts, we have 36 diabetic recipes that will keep you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert all summer long.
  • Double Berry Pie Squares

    Fresh berries amp up the flavor and color in this chilled dessert with a graham cracker crust. Everyone will want the recipe -- just remember, only you will know it's diabetes-friendly!

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  • Cantaloupe-Tarragon Granita

    Icy, fluffy, and refreshing, this delicious no-bake dessert is ready in 25 minutes and is sure to please a crowd. With only 45 calories and 11 grams of carb per serving, it's easy to fit into your diabetes goals.

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  • No-Bake Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust and Mango Puree

    No oven is required for this diabetic summer dessert! A fully ripe mango, reduced-fat cream cheese, and gingersnaps combine for a restaurant-worthy cheesecake.

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  • Trail Mix Balls

    Dried fruit bits are rolled into peanut butter and a medley of grains for a bite-size dessert or a diabetic snack -- just 17 grams of carb for two.

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  • Banana Cream Tartlets

    Love banana cream pie? These individual tart shells and instant pudding make quick and easy banana-topped tarts perfect for any gathering. With only 201 calories and 31 grams of carb per serving, your healthy-minded friends will thank you.

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  • Frozen Raspberry Tart

    Raspberry and chocolate: a match made in dessert heaven. A creamy filling and chocolate cookie-crumb crust will delight any chocolate lover.

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  • Frozen Pineapple Right-Side-Up Torte

    Dive into a fluffy filling of pineapple and whipped cream! A double boiler ensures the filling of this pineapple torte is properly cooked. Use a sugar substitute and cut 10 grams of carb per serving.

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  • Honeydew Mojito Sherbet

    Mint and lime complement the honeydew and yogurt in this healthy frozen dessert with only 100 calories per serving. Enjoy this sweet treat while getting a portion of your recommended vitamin C intake.

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  • Lemon-Scented Crepes with Honeyed Fruit

    Have dessert for breakfast when you enjoy sweetened nectarines and blueberries nestled in a lovely crepe. Make a batch of these crepes and enjoy them anytime -- they keep in the freezer for up to three months!

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  • Stovetop Peach-Blackberry Crisp with Crunchy Oatmeal-Coconut Topping

    This mouthwatering recipe features a warm fruit compote simmered in melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Top it with ice cream or frozen yogurt for an unbelievable diabetic dessert for less than 250 calories.

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  • Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Summer Vegetables

    Refrigerated cream sauce shaves minutes off of cook time for this pasta dish. Simply mix in the cream with the chicken, toss with pasta, and voila -- you have a quick and easy dinner!

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  • Asian Ginger Chicken

    Get three for one out of this recipe. With three variations of this recipe, you can savor the flavor of this easy Asian-style dish and never get bored!

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  • Indian Curry Fish

    Serve this fish dish three different ways. Choose from East Indian curry, a New Orleans po' boy, or an Asian-inspired noodle bowl. All are equally delicious and have less than 30 grams of carb per serving.

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  • Italian Beef and Polenta

    Tag this as a favorite three-in-one recipe. With options ranging from beef and polenta to salad wraps to steak and potatoes, you won't get tired of using this recipe over and over again.

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  • Grilled Breadsticks

    Whole grain bread seasoned with butter, garlic, and cumin helps keep these breadsticks low-carb without forfeiting the taste or delightful crunch of a traditional breadstick.

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  • Easy Loaded Baked Potatoes

    A microwave is all you need for this recipe -- the potato is ready in 6 to 8 minutes, and cheesy broccoli is ready in 1 to 2 minutes. A lunchtime meal with 200 calories that's ready in just 15 minutes is hard to pass up!

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  • Grilled Marinated Flank Steak Salad

    Devour this protein- and veggie-packed salad as your main dish for lunch or dinner. It's a great way to keep carbs low while getting in nonstarchy vegetables, a starch, and protein.

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  • Grilled New York Strip Steaks

    Grill these mouthwatering steaks at your next cookout. Seasoned with fresh rosemary, garlic, and lemon peel, the beef's flavor will amaze your friends.

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  • Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

    Wish you could grill salmon just like your favorite restaurant? Look for a cedar plank at a store with grilling supplies and you'll be a grill master in no time.

    Watch The Diabetic Chef grill cedar plank salmon.

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  • Shrimp Kabobs with Lemon Marinade

    These low-carb kabobs boast tons of flavor. Skewered items such as shrimp and cut vegetables make for easy, even grilling.

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  • Grilled Portobello and Red Pepper Wraps

    You won't miss the meat in this veggie wrap. Flavorful grilled portobello mushrooms fill these wraps along with sweet peppers and pesto for a vitamin- and nutrient-rich lunch or light dinner.

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  • Grilled Vegetable Platter

    Grilled veggies marinated in balsamic vinegar are a delicious, diabetes-friendly choice. Add lean meat and another nonstarchy side for a complete meal your family will love.

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  • Scrambled Eggs with Sausage

    Rushed mornings call for a quick and easy breakfast recipe. Ready in 10 minutes or less, scrambled eggs top an English muffin for a filling and healthful start to your day.

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  • Almond Breakfast Cookies

    These fiber-rich breakfast cookies are a grab-and-go treat. Whip up a batch on the weekend and breakfast is made for the week.

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  • Berry Smoothies

    Drink your breakfast when you're on the go. Chock-full of antioxidants, this berry smoothie is a quick fix during a busy morning.

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  • Chocolate Chip Power Bars

    Get a protein-packed boost in the afternoon by snacking on one of these bars. The fiber from flaxseed will keep you full and curb cravings.

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  • Blushing Julius

    With 9 grams of protein, this strawberry-flavored drink is perfect for a nutritious diabetic snack. Throw everything in the blender, pour, and go!

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  • Vanilla Cake Doughnuts

    Invest in a mini doughnut pan and you'll be able to fit warm, cakey doughnuts into your diabetes meal plan. Baking the doughnuts rather than frying keeps this fun treat at less than 175 calories and 32 grams of carb for three mini doughnuts.

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  • Baked Corn Dogs

    Bake these low-fat franks for fair-worthy corn dogs with a fraction of the fat of traditional fried dogs. You'll love these carnival-food favorites with only 189 calories per serving.

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  • Homemade Walking Tacos

    Spice up taco night without going over your carb limit! Buying preportioned 100-calorie packages of nacho cheese-flavor tortilla chips keeps you from adding extra calories, fat, and carbs to your meal.

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  • Lemonade Shake-Ups

    Enjoy the taste of freshly squeezed lemons sweetened with your favorite sugar substitute. This light and fresh lemonade contains only 27 calories and 8 grams of carb per serving -- spectacular!

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  • Fruity-Limeade Slushy

    Hot days call for cool, icy treats. Frozen berries stirred into a low-calorie drink mix create a beverage bursting with cherry-limeade flavor.

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  • Grilled Turkey Gyros

    Cut down on fat in this healthful take on a Mediterranean favorite by swapping in lean turkey breast, homemade low-fat cucumber sauce, and whole wheat pitas.

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  • Kettle-Style Caramel Corn

    Treat your sweet tooth with this baked take on kettle corn. Snack on this tasty treat for only 95 calories per serving!

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  • Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

    Savor this healthy take on an American classic. Lean, lightly coated pork served with fiber-rich vegetable slaw stays diabetes-friendly while leaving you full.

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  • Baked Funnel Cakes

    Say "yes" to funnel cake! Baking this portion-controlled sweet cuts grease while making a funnel cake that's more tender than standard fried ones.

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