When it’s hot outside often the last thing you want to do is think about eating but you still need to think about your health, even in the summer. I know that there are some days when even thinking about turning on the oven can make it seem like the temperature is rising, but this is really no excuse for you to live on ice-cream during the summer. After careful research, using my family as “guinea pigs” and talking to my health care provider I found the perfect foods that will keep you healthy and cool in hot weather.
- Fruits and vegetables
You probably already know that fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, along with the fact you can find several varieties in the summer. You can toss the veggies in a salad or even on the grill if you think you can stand the heat. Fruit can also be enjoyed several ways, including on top of ice cream. Adding to their benefits is the fact that fruits and vegetables are comprised mainly of water so eating them will also help prevent dehydration. I love the fact that there are so many varieties to choose from it is actually pretty easy to get my kids to eat fruit and vegetables, instead of always wanting ice cream.
This is probably not a food you think about during the summer, but it is actually perfect for the heat. Grains are typically light, which is what you normally want when the temperature starts to rise. Pitas and flatbreads are a good sources of grain, and can also be used to make great tasting sandwiches your whole family can enjoy. Don’t forget that most cereals are also made from oats, rice, wheat and other grains, and when you add cold milk you might decide that it doesn’t always have to be strictly a breakfast food. Adding milk also helps to ensure you and your family are getting plenty of calcium and vitamin D.
- Foods high in protein
Just because a food is high in protein doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s meat, which is good news for vegetarians. Obviously you can beat the heat a little by grilling your fish, chicken or other lean cuts of meat outdoors, but legumes and nuts are often just as high in protein and you don’t have to fire up the grill or turn the oven on to enjoy them. Almonds and walnuts in particular are high in protein and antioxidants. So are cashews, but these delicious nuts are also high in fat. A little fat is good for you, but too much and your swimsuit might not fit the way you want it to.