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Rhubarb Spritzer / Photo by Kate Mathis
To get the prettiest blush color for this drink, be sure to choose rhubarb without any green streaks, and don’t remove the fibrous pink peel.

Melon Lime Slushy / Kate Mathis
This frosty drink is as refreshing as frozen lemonade but has the added lushness of summer melon. Fresh thyme gives the fruit’s sweetness some grown-up dimension.

Buttermilk, packed with calcium and probiotics, lends a subtle tanginess to this spice-spiked lassi. Finish with a sprinkle of chopped pistachios for a hit of crunch.

Strawberry Rum Float / Kate Mathis
Quick and easy homemade strawberry syrup melds with creamy vanilla ice cream when fizzled with club soda.

Blackberry Summer Smash / Kate Mathis
Ginger beer (which contains no alcohol) adds a sweet kick to the tart blackberries. It’s readily available in supermarkets.

Sesame Rice Noodles with Shrimp / Con Poulos
Crisp julienned vegetables add crunchy texture to wheat-free pasta. To prep them fast, try the Oxo Julienne Peeler ($10, Oxo.com).

Almond-Crust Raspberry Cheesecake / Con Poulos
A quick raspberry sauce adds pastry-shop polish to this cheesecake. Want extra to serve alongside the dessert? Double the ingredient amounts and reserve half the sauce.

Garden Chicken Alfredo  / Con Poulos
Yogurt subs for heavy cream, so it's lowfat and only tastes splurgy.

Tuscan Lasagna  / Con Poulos
Spinach and lowfat ricotta make it hearty—and good for you.