Summer means spending more time outdoors and soaking sun rays under the nice sunny weather. It also means more BBQ’s, Social outings, and spending time on the terraces.
And because of the warmer temperatures, many of us prefer eating on the go or grilling outdoors instead of cooking in a hot kitchen.
Use the tips below to help you and your family plan healthy summer meals without breaking a sweat.
Healthy summer eating on the go
Going on a road trip this summer? Make healthy eating a breeze by planning healthy meals and snacks before leaving home.
• For picnics and trips, try to pack variety in food groups, like bite-sized veggies, whole grain crackers, cheese cubes, and nuts. Get the kids involved by asking them to help plan and pack the picnic.
• Heading to the cottage or going camping? Do some MEAL PREP!!! You’ll spend less time in the grocery store and more time having fun!
• Going hiking or on a road trip? Take healthy snacks to keep you fueled all day long. Try veggie sticks, fruit, homemade trail mix, muffins, yogurt, and sandwiches. Use ice packs to keep cold food cold.
• Don’t leave home without a bottle of water. Water is the perfect drink on a hot summer day. Plus, it keeps you full and well-hydrated
Healthy summer eating at home
Here are a few tips for healthy summer grilling.
• While you’re cooking up a storm on the BBQ, grill extra veggies, fish, chicken or lean meat for your lunch the next day.
• Store-bought marinades and sauces are often high in sugar or sodium. Make your own delicious and healthy marinades using lemon, fresh herbs, garlic, onion, and spices.
• Barbecuing isn’t just for meat and veggies. Grilled fruit is a healthy, delicious, and naturally-sweet dessert. Try grilling fresh peach slices and serving them with lower-fat Greek yogurt.
Healthy no-cook meals and snacks
Choosing heat-free recipes also means you’ll spend less time in the kitchen, and more time enjoying the outdoors. Here are few tips if you are short on time:
• Throw together a quick and easy salad with lower-sodium canned beans and corn, brown rice, chicken and sweet peppers.
• Feed a big group in record time by serving a platter of cherry tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli, carrots, whole grain pitas, cheese, and hummus.
• Impress your guests with a Caprese salad entre. Layer thick slices of tomato, buffalo mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves. Top with a tiny drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Grocery shopping for healthy summer foods
Turn grocery shopping into a fun, family field trip. You’ll spend quality time together while building healthy eating habits.
• Add lots of colour and crunch to your cart. Summer is a great time for vibrant, fresh salads and savoury, grilled veggies. Visit your local grocery store or farmers’ market to find out what’s in season.
• Stock up on brown rice, quinoa, chick peas, and whole grain pasta. They make great summer salads when tossed with fresh veggies.