As the weather warms up, old stand-by recipes can become too heavy for dinner, or just simply out of season. These easy ideas will keep you feeling light (and cool) throughout spring and into summer.
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We love good weather just as much as the next person, but high temperatures seem to have come early this spring. So whether you're packing away your winter wear or cleaning off the grill for the weekend, this collection of simple ideas is here to save the day.

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The ultimate summer sipper, lemonade won't be out of place during your next springtime dinner. Everyone will end up wanting a glass because this drink is refreshing with a burst of citrus and just sweet enough to blunt the tart bite. You can also shake up the classic recipe by using creative ways to boost it, such as grilling the ingredients (like in our Grilled Pineapple Lemonade) or adding a dash of fresh herbs. 

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Just a few weeks ago, our go-to dinners involved slow cookers and usually some comforting carbs. With warmer weather and beach vacations not too far off, salads are now in regular rotation instead. There's no need to settle for skimpy, sad salads either. Choose a filling salad recipe, like our Arugula, Egg, and Charred Asparagus Salad, and you'll be completely satisfied. 


Iced Coffee

While it's 100 percent understood that you can't go without your morning pick-me-up, sometimes a steaming cup of coffee isn't the most appealing thing on a balmy morning. Opt instead for a chilled version instead to get your caffeine jolt while still staying cool. You can get a low-calorie version with our Coconut Milk Iced Coffee or mix up your own glass with one of our favorite cold brew brands

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While steamy soup is just about the last thing we're craving this spring, gazpacho is another story. Cool and refreshing, these chilled soups hit the spot while also giving you a big boost towards eating your daily servings of fruits and veggies. Usually made with summer produce, you can also enjoy spring-centric recipes, such as our Strawberry Gazpacho, to tide you over until other veggies are ripe. 

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Pasta is an easy weeknight staple for most families. But when warm weather hits, a carb-heavy dish won't do. Spiralized veggies are here to save the day. Everything from zucchini to squash to beets can be spiralized for twirly noodle-like strands that are easily eaten raw or simply cooked. Serve as you would regular pasta, like in our Chicken Parmesan Over Zoodles, and you'll get a hearty dose of vegetables without even realizing it.