Summer Entertaining: The Better For You Edition

When I imagine summer, I think hamburgers with patties straight off the BBQ, sausages in bread, Magnums and lots of L&P. I've decided to come up with a selection of drinks, food and desserts that are Better For You options to inspire you to make better choices this summer. When constructing this post I thought about what I'd serve to my guests if I had them over during the summer and this is what I came up with.

DRINKS

Image credit: Khloe Kardashian / Moochi 

Image credit: Khloe Kardashian / Moochi 

One of my favourite drinks lately has been this Detox Water. It's perfect for this hot weather to keep you refreshed. Using a combination of lemon slices, cucumber, mint and filtered water this is a great way to make your water a little less boring. Even Khloe Kardashian thinks so.

My favourite alcoholic beverage over the summer has been Lemon & Lime Long White Vodka. I'm not a big alcohol drinker but these are tasty! They're created using a combination of vodka with naturally flavoured sparkling water. Not only that, but they have no added table sugar but are sweetened with NZ sourced apples along with lemons from Keri Keri and limes from Hawkes Bay. The thing I like the most about these is the premium ingredients reflects in the product. It's natural, fun and delicious!

You'll have your friends fooled with this Strawberry Iced Tea. I use to be an addict of the Raspberry Passion Iced Tea from Starbucks until I found out how much sugar was in it! Not only is this a great way alternative but I use the Red Seal Strawberry & Rhubarb Tea and naturally sweeten it with Stevia.

CANAPES 

Image credit: Ari Eats

Image credit: Ari Eats

A great low carb alternative for your traditional burger are what I like to call Hamburger On A Stick. You use all the elements of a traditional burger but in bite size pieces to make this creation. I like to use an angus beef mince meatball, half a cherry tomato, bocconcini, egg circles and lettuce. These have quickly become a favourite of all my guests and I've been loving the different kinds of combinations that can be created.

A simple canapé option which has quickly become one of my favourite snacks are these Cucumber Salmon Slices. They are a slice of a cucumber topped with sliced smoked salmon along with a mixture of cream cheese, lemon juice and dill. Alternatively, you could swap out the cream cheese for any sort of mayonnaise such as the Cashew Mayo  with the addition of dill and capers or my favourite combination, Avocado Mayo.

Another one of my favourite canapé options is this Kumara Rosti, Beetroot & Goats Cheese. I make the rosti in muffin tins and top it with baby beetroot, creamy goats cheese and fresh mint making them a perfect bite size meal.

DESSERT 

Image credit: Pinterest

Image credit: Pinterest

Who needs sugar loaded Lemonade Ice Blocks when you can devour these Berry Yoghurt Pops instead. They are sugar-free, very low in fat and and also are a tasty treat that everyone will love!

For something a little more fun, try out these Berry Fruit Salad in Coconut Bowls. These are one of my favourite things over the summer. I like to use season fresh berries and top it with my favourite yoghurt. The novelty of eating the fruit out of a coconut bowl makes this dessert just that little bit more fun.