Light Summertime Eating

by Michelle on July 3, 2019

When the weather is warm it’s natural to crave something on the lighter side to eat.  Items that are heavy meals (lasagna, meatloaf, etc.) aren’t usually what people gravitate towards in summer months.  In fact, eating lighter fare in warmer weather is actually beneficial…but how?

  1. Body temperature stays low:  The body works harder to digest heavy, hearty meals so keeping things lighter (chilled soups, smoothies, etc.) helps you stay cool.
  2. You’ll be well hydrated: Fresh, raw fruits and veggies naturally contain more water so eating light produce will naturally keep you hydrated.  Try snacking on cucumber, jicama, or even frozen grapes.
  3. It can help control weight gain: Eating light makes it easier to feel “light” which hopefully prompts you to get out and be more active.
  4. You might avoid binging: Developing a habit of eating light and HEALTHY options can go a long way in not overdoing things when on vacation during the summer or even at home in general.
  5. Your cravings will diminish: Serotonin, responsible for a balanced mood, is produced by the body when exposed to sunlight…but carbohydrates can produce the same effect.  If you can get outdoors more often in warm weather then the sunlight can boost your mood instead of the heavy, unhealthy carbs that you might normally crave.

Here are some great websites with light summer recipes that can help you get started:

  1. https://www.cookinglight.com/food/quick-healthy/quick-easy-summer-recipes
  2. https://www.yellowblissroad.com/27-light-and-fresh-summer-meals/
  3. https://cookieandkate.com/2016/18-light-summer-dinner-recipes/
  4. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipes/630/everyday-cooking/seasonal/summer/
  5. https://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/packages/best-summer-and-grilling-recipes/healthy-summer-recipes/photos/light-summer-dinner-recipes

Cooking “light” doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor.  Eating a meal that doesn’t weigh you down not only has health benefits but might also open your eyes (and taste buds) to things that could soon become new favorites year-round!  Happy eating!

Michelle

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