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Summer is the best season for plant-based eaters and vegan explorers. A variety of fruits and vegetables are in season in many places, so it is easy to find them fresh and perfectly ripe! I encourage you to take advantage of this season and discover some new fresh summer vegan treats.
The Produce for Better Health Foundation is a great free resource to learn more about seasonal produce available any time of year.
Fresh produce in the summer does not mean I am going to give you tips on how to make a perfect fresh salad (but those are great too). In-season produce can also yield a variety of fresh juices, delicious smoothies, buddha bowls, and more.
Sneak peek the bonus summer vegan treat below (affiliate link)!
3 Fresh Summer Vegan Treats
First, a glass of Fresh Juice will really hit the spot on a hot summer day. Here are a few of my favorite go-to juice recipes to try as a healthy summer treat. A combination of fresh greens, fruit, cool cucumber, and a hint of citrus can be your new summer “cocktail”. I use and highly recommend this juicer the Breville Juice Fountain Compact (affiliate link).
Second, Superfood Smoothies are a refreshing, nutrient-dense start to a busy hot summer day. It only takes about 5 minutes to make a delicious smoothie, that you and your family will love. There are endless combinations such as blending non-dairy milk, ground seeds, fresh greens (like kale), and perfectly ripe fruits (like berries) to make your perfect summer Superfood Smoothie treat.
Third, Buddha Bowls can be the perfect plant-based lunch on a sweltering summer day. This savory summer treat can be assembled in just a few minutes and customized to your appetite. If you are like me, I prefer light meals when it is hot outside, so a simple Buddha Bowl like this one can satisfy.
A Bonus Treat
Bonus: It is not summer without that cold creamy treat. Delicious plant-based vegan ice cream is surprisingly easy to make with a just few ingredients, and fresh produce.
I don’t have an ice cream maker, so I would buy store-bought dairy-free ice cream. I was excited when I discovered a great resource for easy and delicious No-Churn Vegan Ice Cream (affiliate link) by Ester Perez (Nurtureyourgut.com). All you need is a blender and a few ingredients and it will be a summer treat your whole family will love!
Cheers! Happy summer vegan treating!