Follow these tips to make your summer healthier and more flavorful.

Follow these tips to make your summer healthier and more flavorful:

- Visit a farmers market. Savor summer's bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables by visiting your local farmers market. While tomatoes, corn and peaches are in season and delicious, also try out some produce you typically don't buy. Watercress, fennel and rhubarb are all delicious alternatives to liven your meals.

- Fire up the grill. Use it to cook more than just meats and vegetables by grilling a homemade pizza or ripe fruit. Grilled melon makes a terrific light appetizer or side. Slice the melon up, brush each slice with seasoned rice vinegar and sprinkle with a little chili powder. Grill the slices for five minutes on each side and then top with chopped mint before serving.

- Find flavor in herbs. Fresh herbs are a simple and healthy way to add vibrant flavor to bland dishes. Grow your own herbs for instant access to them at any time. The best thing about herbs? The more you use them, the more they'll grow.

- Outdoor entertaining. Having guests over for dinner? Take the meal outside and serve appetizers that showcase the delicious flavors of summer. Serve caprese salads on a stick and use hollowed-out bell peppers for dips instead of bowls. Not only will you wow guests with this unique presentation, but fewer dishes mean less clean-up at the end of the night.

- Lighten up your meals. Warmer weather means you should be spending less time in the kitchen and more time outside. Look for simple, high-protein dinner salads and other easy dishes.

– Brandpoint