From braais in the sun to family lunches in the garden, there’s no doubt that the summer cheer is in the air. Here are 5 healthier substitutes for some of your summer favourites to ensure that you enjoy the feasts while making a conscious effort to remain healthy.

1. Make your own salad dressing


Make your own salad dressing at home with some healthy, fresh ingredients. Make a healthier honey mustard salad dressing with olive oil, lemon, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, salt and pepper.

Try these home-made salad dressing recipes for variety.

2. Replace ice-cream pops with yoghurt pops


You can quickly make pop mixes at home using Greek yoghurt and any fruit you prefer. All you need is ice pop moulds, the ingredients and space in the freezer.

Try this Greek yoghurt berry popsicle recipe. It will take just a few minutes to prepare, and will be just as refreshing as ice-cream.

3. Replace sugary drinks with fruit-infused water


It is essential to stay hydrated, especially in hot weather, but drinking water does not have to be boring. Switch things up by infusing your water with fresh oranges, lemons, berries or cucumbers for great flavour without added sugar.

Have a look at these ideas for your infused water.

4. Replace potato chips and dip with healthier options


Instead of fried chips and rich, creamy dips, opt for vegetable sticks and plain yoghurt-based homemade dips like this garlic and herb yoghurt dip.

5. Try a homemade marinade or rub for your next braai


Shop-bought marinades can contain hidden sugars and additives. Make your own marinade at home so that you can have control over the ingredients you use. Kick things up a notch by making your own herb rub to replace marinades altogether; it will still be tasty and flavoursome.

Try this basic meat rub. You’ll need a little salt, Chilli powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and a steak seasoning.

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