What is a healthy eater to do?
We can’t eat out all summer. Well, we can but would need a bank loan and a new wardrobe come fall.
And while appetites decrease in warm weather, we still need energy to sweat and keep us cool. As much food energy is needed to keep cool in the summer as is needed in to keep warm in cold weather. Obviously stew isn’t something your body is craving in the sweating hot. But we still need to eat up.
I have a few ideas to share on keeping cool and staying on the healthy eating track. Hoping you folks will share your ideas too. (* items have recipes below)
I find it really helpful to have a prepared salad for lunch or a quick dinner. Favorites are quinoa salad*, pasta salad*, broccoli salad, coleslaw, tabouleh.
Pre-cooked shrimp is a great protein addition to any meal.
Canned tuna or salmon can be added to a green salad and voila! dinner.
Instead of steaming veggies serve them raw with a homemade herb and yoghurt dip*. Or cook them on the BBQ.
If you are barbecuing cook extra meat and have leftovers for your lunch or dinner later in the week. A BBQed chicken sandwich is a great dinner.
BBQ, BBQ, BBQ! Cooking outside is the best way to avoid heating up the house. And yourself.
-Melon. Have it cut up and ready to shovel in when you are hot and hungry.
-Invest in a popsicle maker and some fruit juice and make your own popsicles.
-Fruit. Summer fruit is full of water, exactly what we need in the warm weather.
Do whatever cooking or baking you need to early in the day. If you are planning a pasta salad for dinner, cook the pasta in the morning, toss with some olive oil and refrigerate.
As always- be prepared. Have a meal plan, have some survival meals in the pantry. Even some meals ready in the freezer.
There will be days that are too hot to even contemplate meal preparation. Order a pizza while to wallow in the pool and don’t feel bad about it. And invite me!