Stay Cool with These No-Bake Summer Recipes

Not-Your-Average Tuna Salad

This avocado tuna salad makes eating greens easy. It only requires a few ingredients, and voila! A relatively healthy and filling salad that is also fun to make and eat. Avocado contains a range of health benefits by providing vitamin K (which can support bone health by increasing calcium absorption) and beta-sitosterol (which can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels).

This meal has nutrients that may help to keep you feeling fresh during these summer days. Enjoy it on the golf course as a packed lunch or lounging on the patio with friends. Either way, it has all the ingredients to be a hit this summer.

Not a fan of tuna? Try replacing it with canned chicken or salmon for something different but just as tasty.

A Cool Slice of Cake

Treat yourself to something sweet while also keeping cool with this three-step icebox cake. When you're tired of runny ice cream, this layered Oreo cake is the perfect dessert to enjoy by the pool or on the couch as you retreat from the hot sun. You could also store it in the freezer in order for it to remain chilled for you to revisit with your favorite dessert fork in hand.

If you're a fan of peanut butter, add it to the mix and layer with Reese's Cups, drizzling the top with melted chocolate.

A Drink that Tastes as Good as It Looks

You don't have to be at a tropical resort to feel like you're on vacation. This vibrant watermelon lemonade allows you to have fun and be creative while crafting a beverage worthy of a beachside cabana. You can mix it with various fresh juices and decorate the rim with sliced fruit, making it a great subject for a photo to share with friends.

To keep it fresh while planning ahead, you can make the punch and keep it refrigerated, as well as the hollow watermelon shells. When ready to serve, just assemble and add a decorative straw. Serve it poolside or enjoy it at the next BBQ; no matter which way you choose, it's sure to be the drink of the summer.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Transport yourself to the Italian coast with this refreshing pasta salad. This colorful dish brings back memories of the classic pasta salad from your past while adding flavorful ingredients reflective of Mediterranean cuisine. It’s a reliable cold lunch for when you retreat indoors during the hot summer hours or for when you need to take a dish to an outdoor picnic.

What’s great about pasta salad is that you don’t have to stick to the recipe — add some olives to make it Greek, or throw in some chopped garlic for a bit of flavor. It will typically keep fresh in the fridge for up to a week, during which you can dig in at any time without worrying about reheating.

Wake Up With Energy Bites

Packed with protein, fiber and flavor, these no-bake energy bites can help keep you full longer and may help keep your energy levels high. Its powerhouse list of ingredients includes oats, peanut butter, honey and flaxseed to help give you more vitamins and nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, which may help you stay awake and active during long summer days.

They can be a great way to help cut down your caffeine intake and act as a guilt-free snack throughout the day or a quick breakfast before heading outside. Quickly pack a bag to take and share with others or keep them in the fridge for yourself.

Love being creative in the kitchen? Check out these five superfood breakfast recipes for you to cook up next.

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