Summer is here, and so are the sunny days and warm nights we’ve been waiting for all year. Nice weather seems to change everything, even people’s mood. Our diet varies too as we are out more often and tend to socialize more. With so much time having fun under the sun, it's easy to lose track of what you eat, so let talk about some tasty treats that will get you energized and fit through summer.
Stay hydrated. And do it with fruit. Fruit is mostly water, so adding it to your diet will help you beat the heat, and make you feel light as air. Keep a pitcher of fruit-infused water in the fridge, it’s easy to make: blend any type of fruit you can get. It doesn’t get any fresher than that.
Peaches and apricots are in season. A yogurt parfait is an excellent, leisurely breakfast to start your day. Berries are at their peak too: Cherries, blueberries, and blackberries are ripest in summer; they’re also cheaper. Adding a spoonful of colorful berries to your, cereal, oats or even salads can be fun and tasty.
Keep it colorful. Variety is the most important part of your diet. Try to incorporate as many fruits and vegetables to your diet as you can, to ensure you'll get all the nutrients, minerals and vitamins your body needs. Different textures, colors, aromas and flavors will be your palette from which you’ll design your meals.
Ditch the carbs. Fruit has a good share of natural sugar, enough to fuel you through the day. Any extra carbs in the form of bread might be just too much. As long as you incorporate seasonal fruit to your diet, you will have enough energy to go around.
Fruit is often misrepresented on the dinner plate, but its sweetness can significantly enhance any dish, even savory ones. Enjoy cantaloupe melon with cured serrano ham as a starter. Baja-style tacos with battered fish are the next big thing, especially if you top them with cubes of ripe mango. Asian inspired stir-fries can take innumerable amounts of veggies and fruits that blend perfectly with pork, chicken or beef; and fruit-based side dishes like chutneys, purees, and fruit gravies are fantastic pairings with any grilled meat. The sky is the limit.
As you can see, a healthy diet can be both nutritious and delicious. Taking advantage of the plunder of nature during summer is enticing and budget friendly.
Did you know avocado is technically a fruit? Enjoy our delicious recipe for a watermelon guacamole and enjoy it pool side.
2 avocados, diced
Half an onion, minced
1 tomato, finely diced
1 cup watermelon, roughly diced
Mix the avocado, onion and tomato in a bowl trying to keep it chunky and not slushy. Season with salt. Add lime juice and mix well. Incorporate the watermelon and serve with a side of chips. Enjoy your summer!