When it's hot you may seek coolness in the basement, air conditioned house, movie theatre, mall, or swimming pool. Being out and about may mean grabbing food away from home, and it can be very tempting to go out to eat when you're too hot to cook. You can make some wise choices eating out, but you can also chill out at home with a little planning and preparation.
1) Use proteins that don't need to be heated.
- tuna salad
- greek yogurt dip
- get familiar with canned legumes (rinse before using): greek lentil salad
- sprinkle nuts and seeds onto a salad
- leftover quinoa, rice, couscous, bulgar, or pasta for a salad tonight or tomorrow
- leftover chicken or beef for a barbequed quesadilla or soft taco
- hard boiled eggs for salads or sandwiches
- enjoy the sun while you grill vegetables
- do potatoes or corn on the barbeque for a quick starch
- create skewers with a variety of vegetables and proteins
- grill fruit for dessert
- many of the hottest countries have the spiciest food (think Thai curry, Jamaican jerk, etc.) - the spice gets you sweating which in turn helps your body to cool down
What are you consuming when it's hot out?
We enjoyed leftover vegetable and bean salad with quinoa the other night for a light, quick, and cold supper. I also tend to go towards black beans, avocado, onions, corn, tomatoes, etc. for a quick salad.
Enjoy the summer!
Steph Langdon, RD
something nutrishus counselling & coaching