There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a warm summer day with no care in the world. But sometimes, all the sunshine can be too much, and you need ways to cool off – including your diet! We’ve compiled a list of our top favourite summer meals and snacks to help keep you chilled out during these long, hot summer days.
From refreshing salads to light snacks and cool beverages, explore some delicious ideas for keeping cool during those scorching summer days!
Watermelon Feta Salad
When the temperatures rise, a refreshing salad can be your best friend. Salads are some of the best easy dinner ideas. They are light on calories and rich in fresh nutrients, making them the perfect meal to beat the scorching summer heat.
We recommend a delightful option called the Watermelon Feta Salad. And it’s super easy to prepare! Just toss together some juicy watermelon cubes, tangy feta cheese, and fresh mint leaves, and add a sprinkle of black olives. Finally, sprinkle some olive oil and a squeeze of lime for a burst of flavour – and dig in!
But you know what’s also good for putting out those summer heat fires? Cool soups. Soups are lighter meals perfect for summer, giving you all the nutrients, you need without weighing you down.
One cool and creamy treat we recommend is the Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup. How to prepare this light summer meal? First, blend a cucumber, one ripe avocado, and a cup of Greek yogurt. Then, add lime juice and fresh dill until smooth and as it suits your taste. Season it with salt and pepper and chill in the refrigerator. Serve cold with a sprinkle of chopped fresh herbs on top. Just perfect!
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Summer may be hot, but it’s also abundant. It’s the season when most delicious fruits and vegetables come to full ripeness, and they’re ready to be served and indulged to their fullest.
One such fruit is the juicy, sweet peach. So, take advantage of the abundance of peaches in summer, and treat yourself to a Grilled Peach and Arugula dish. Here’s how to make it: slice fresh peaches in half and grill them until slightly charred.
Then toss together some arugula, the grilled peaches, crumbled goat cheese, and toasted almonds. Additionally, you can add some grilled chicken while you’re grilling. Finally, drizzle the dish with a light honey-lime vinaigrette and dive into this delightful combination of flavours.
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Staying hydrated is crucial during the hot summer months! And sometimes, just gulping down water doesn’t cut it; you need something richer, tastier, and more nutritious.
Enter the Watermelon and Mint Smoothie – the perfect refreshing drink to cool down after a hot summer afternoon.
Just blend some fresh watermelon chunks with a handful of mint leaves, then add lime juice. Add water as desired, and toss a few ice cubes until you like the consistency. Serve cold into a glass and garnish with a sprig of mint for an even more refreshing and hydrating treat.
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But why not fire up the grill for some delicious summer meals? In case you’ve missed it, Grilled Shrimp Skewers are a real crowd-pleaser, providing good and light nutrition during summer.
Here’s how to prepare it. First, marinate the shrimp in olive oil, minced garlic, lemon zest, and chili flakes. Once you’ve done that, thread the shrimp on skewers and grill until it’s cooked well. Serve the delicious Grilled Shrimp Skewers with grilled vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, or a dipping sauce, and invite the whole neighbourhood!
Finally, let us introduce you to something cool – and we mean cool, both literally and figuratively! Meet the homemade Raspberry Yogurt Popsicles. These refreshing icy sweets are the perfect treat for a hot summer night when you’re not hungry but craving something cool and refreshing.
First, blend some fresh raspberries, Greek yogurt, a spoonful of honey, and a splash of lemon juice. Once you’ve reached the desired consistency, pour the blended mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid. Then take them out whenever you want and enjoy their fresh coolness!
With these delicious and refreshing summer meals and snacks, you can beat the heat and stay cool throughout the season. What’s more, you’ll surely be able to impress some of your friends and family with these summer meals and snacks too! So, embrace the summer cool, and treat yourself – and maybe others – to some sweet, refreshing summer coolness. Enjoy!
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