If you’re anything like me, during the summer months, you probably eat less heavy, hot meals, and turn to more lighter fare. The good news is that not only are these lighter meals much more pleasant to eat in 90 and 100-degree summer heat, but many of them are very healthy as well. Here are some light, healthy meals to enjoy during the summer.
People seriously underestimate the power of eating fruit, not just in health, but due to how easy they are to put together. When you eat fruit, it helps your body to carry on all sorts of essential functions that help with your digestive health. That means that not only is a fruit bowl a low-calorie option, it provides a good amount of antioxidants and vitamins. Fruit also helps to keep you hydrated during those hot summer days. For your fruit bowl, all you have to do is cut a cantaloupe in half and hollow out a bowl shape and cut up the cantaloupe that was removed. Cut up other fruits you enjoy, like cherries, grapes, apples, or watermelon. Place the pieces of fruit in a bowl and enjoy it now, or put them in a storage container to save for later.
Caesar salads are a great light meal for pretty much any occasion. This version will have some tomatoes added to beef up the weight of the meal just slightly, so you’ll get a bit more lycopene. Lycopene is a chemical responsible for a healthy, plaque-free circulatory system. Of course, the chicken will deliver a good amount of protein.
All you need are 6 – 8 leaves of baby romaine lettuce (with one thinly sliced into a fine shred), 8 oz of seasoned grilled chicken, 1 diced roma tomato, 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese, a pinch of ground black pepper, and 2 – 3 tablespoons of your favorite caesar dressing. Mix caesar dressing, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, pepper and parmesan cheese in a bowl. Once it’s mixed, arrange reasonable amounts of the mixture onto each skewer or the remaining lettuce leaves. Now you can have a delicious chicken caesar you can eat with your fingers!
Summer Stir Fry
Here’s a super quick, easy stir fry that you can try. The veggies here are obviously great for you and will give you some good nutrients in just under 15 minutes. All you need is ¼ of a head of cabbage (sliced very thin into a shred), ½ of a medium sized onion sliced, one red bell pepper sliced, ½ cup of broccoli, ½ tablespoon of minced garlic, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, ground pepper, a chopped sprig of basil, 3 tablespoons of gluten-free soy or teriyaki sauce. (I use LaChoy brand soy sauce.)
Place the oil in the pan. Heat the pan until it’s visibly hot but not so hot that oil burns or smokes. Toss in the broccoli and cook until it browns then add the peppers, onions and cook until the onion brown. Toss in the cabbage and garlic stirring very frequently until it browns a bit. Turn off the heat and stir in the basil and sauces. Let it cool and serve!
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