Healthy Summer Recipes for Weight Loss

Jess' caprese salad

Sticking to the diet during the summer months can be tough, but there’s no need for it to be. Jess is on hand with her creative recipes to enjoy during the warmer months. From pasta salads to BBQ chicken burgers, we’ve got them all. And better yet, they’re all under 600 calories, so perfect for enjoying on your exante weight loss plan.


Caprese salad with tomatoes, mozzarella and pasta

Makes 2 portions.

435 calories + 18g Protein per serving

  • 150g Pasta Shells, dry weight (any small pasta would be great though)
  • 80g light Mozzarella, cubed
  • 150g Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • A large handful of Basil, finely sliced
  • 2tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1tsp dried Italian Herbs


  • Bring a large pan of water to the boil, salt well then add in your pasta and cook according to the package instructions; drain then set to the side to cool.
  • In a small bowl combine your 2tbsp of your balsamic vinegar, the olive oil, Italian herbs and a good pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Once your pasta has cooled add into your favourite bowl with the cubed mozzarella pearls, cherry tomatoes, basil, and your dressing; then simply give everything a good mix together.
  • And that’s it! Serve it with some extra basil and enjoy 🥰

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Greek Chicken Burgers

Serves 1

540 Calories + 50.6g of Protein- including toppings.

  •  1 large Chicken Breast, cut in half so you have two thinner pieces.
  • 1/2 a Lemon, Juiced
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 30g Feta Cheese
  • 2tbsp Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 Brioche Bun, toasted

30g Tzatziki + 2 lettuce leaves, to serve

  • Add your chicken breasts to a small bowl with your lemon juice, garlic powder, oregano, paprika, salt and olive oil; mix well and set aside for 15 minutes (or an hour would be amazing)
  • While the chicken is marinating, add your green yoghurt to a bowl and then crumble in your feta and combine until you have a spreadable mix.
  • Once you’re ready to cook your chicken, spray an air fryer basket well with cooking spray, then air fryer your chicken for 10 to 12 minutes (or until cooked through) at 190c, flipping once so you get a nice crispy outside on the chicken. (You can also bake in the oven, at 190c for 15 to 20 minutes)
  • Now you can assemble, spread your feta spread onto the bottom your toasted bun, top with some lettuce, then your chicken and your 30g of Tzatziki.

Add on the top of your Bun and dive straight in 😍

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coronation chicken pita

Serves 2

280 Calories & 30g protein per serving

  • 200g cooked Chicken Breast, shredded
  • 2 tbsp Mango Chutney
  • 40g light Mayonnaise
  • 100g fat Free natural Yoghurt
  • 30g chopped dried Apricots
  • 1tbsp Curry Powder

Simply combine all the ingredients for your coronation chicken in a bowl along with a good pinch of salt, taste and adjust, then set aside.

Then all you need to do is dig in! Serve your coronation chicken with a little extra mango chutney and some coriander if you like, and enjoy on its own, in a sandwich or even some crisps to dip in.


Check out some more of Jess’ delicious low calorie meals!

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Katie Jerome

Katie Jerome

Writer and expert

Katie graduated from the University of Manchester in 2018 with a BSc in Marketing. Since leaving university, Katie enjoys discovering new recipes and making healthy food at home. As a follower of the exante 5:2 plan, Katie, who works in the Social & Content team knows first-hand the importance of a balanced lifestyle to reach an end goal.