What to Eat When It's Hot Outside


Chilled Watermelon Soup

After arriving home from work, you immediately start fretting about what to cook for dinner. Because the temperature is a balmy 100 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the last thing you want to do is eat a heavy, greasy meal. You also don’t wish to heat the inside of your home by running your oven, broiler, or stove for a lengthy period of time. If you can relate to this scenario, you might be desperate for some light, summer meal ideas. 

Eat Colorful Foods During the Summer Months

Summer is a wonderful time of the year to start eating healthier. A variety of colorful, health benefiting produce is in season during the summer months. You can enjoy juicy fruits such as:

 

  • Tomatoes
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Plums
  • Watermelon
  • Cherries

To cool down on a hot, summer day, indulge in a serving of chilled fruit. Top a crisp, green salad with fruit slices for a light, nutritious lunch or dinner.

Vegetables to savor at this time of year include: 

  • Cucumbers
  • Bell peppers
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Corn
  • Okra
  • Field peas

Vegetables such as cucumbers, bell peppers, radishes, and carrots can be consumed raw. Therefore, you don’t need to heat up your kitchen in order to prepare them.

Do you adore a hot, hearty bowl of soup when the weather is bitterly cold outside? If you’re a fan of soup, consider learning how to prepare several cold soups for the warm, summer months. For instance, you might fall in love with:

  • Creamy corn gazpacho
  • White gazpacho
  • Cold black bean soup
  • Chilled strawberry soup

Cold soups are extremely versatile. They can be prepared in advance and served whenever you’re hungry. They make great appetizers or entrees at summer, dinner parties. 

Shop for delicious, summer fruits and vegetables at your local farmer’s market. Shopping for seasonal produce locally allows you to obtain fresh products at affordable prices. If you need help planning nutritional menus for summer, consider scheduling a free consultation at a Metabolic Research Center near you.

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