Summer is just around the corner! If you are looking to lose weight in order to get the perfect summer beach body, a great way to start is by investing time into eating a healthier diet. Both diet and exercise are very important for weight loss and physical wellbeing. Here are three quick and easy healthy recipes that are high in protein, low calorie, and very filling.

Recipe #1: Low Calorie Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is a great summer dish. You can have it served on a sandwich, with a salad, or just on its own. Unfortunately, chicken salad is typically made with a lot of mayonnaise and is very high in calories. A great way to make a healthier version of chicken salad that still tastes amazing is by finding a recipe that substitutes in Greek yogurt for mayonnaise. Not only is Greek yogurt lower in calories, but it is also very high in protein. Follow the link here for a Greek yogurt chicken salad recipe that not only is more healthy and more filling than typical chicken salad, but tastes great as well.

Recipe #2: Stuffed Bell Peppers

Next up is a healthy recipe with a little more spice. If you are looking for a more health-conscious option for your next taco night, consider substituting in bell peppers stuffed with lean ground turkey. This meal is a great option for a spicy and flavorful dinner that is also high in protein and low calorie. Turkey is a lean meat, so you are able to get more protein for less calories. The stuffed bell peppers are typically served with a side of rice, but consider substituting in quinoa for a higher protein option or cauliflower rice for a low carb option. Here is a recipe for quick and easy stuffed bell peppers.

Recipe #3: Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

This next meal is a quick and easy option – perfect if you are in a rush in the morning but still want to start the day off right. This recipe can be customized to your preference, but I would recommend about one cup of berries or other fruits, one serving of Greek yogurt, one cup of milk, two tablespoons of peanut butter, and a scoop of protein powder. In order to lower the calories in the smoothie without missing out on protein, consider substituting a low calorie peanut butter powder (PB2 for example) for peanut butter. The scoop of protein powder isn’t a requirement, but it is a great way to add extra protein to the meal.