Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors — whether you’re headed to the beach, the pool, a long bike ride or a picnic in the park. When its hot out, if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to spend too many hours sweating in the kitchen, but still want to eat healthy, delicious food. During my recent segment on Let’s Talk Live DC, I shared some summertime tips for eating well.
Check out my fun, healthy ideas for grilling, simple breakfasts, and quality snacks. Highlights from my segment are below.
Tip #1 Fire up the Grill!
I love using heart healthy Mazola Corn Oil for grilling. It provides 4 times more of the cholesterol blocking plant sterols than olive oil and 40% more than canola oil. It also very heat stable, making it a great choice for a hot grill.
Try grilling fresh fish (check out a delicious tilapia recipe here)—it cooks in under 10 minutes and can easily be paired with summer vegetables like squash, onions, peppers & tomatoes. Tip: wrap the fish and veggies in foil pockets for easy clean up!
Think beyond meats– you can grill almost anything! Some fun recipes from the Mazola website include grilled guacamole, grilled banana splits or grilled bloody mary’s! For great recipes like these just visit www.mazola.com.
Tip #2 Try Versatile Lamb
Getting bored with BBQ chicken or burgers? Give lamb a try! I love using lamb because it is lean, packed with flavor and adds a novel twist to summer BBQs. In addition, you might be surprised to hear how versatile it is—lamb is great ground into burgers or cubed to stick on kebabs between vegetables (try these balsamic and rosemary kabobs).
Stuck with leftovers? Transform lamb and vegetables from last night’s kabobs into a healthy, scrumptious Mediterranean salad– Just add arugula (or any green), feta, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, some mint and red wine vinegar, mix in a big bowl and enjoy!
For more recipe ideas like these visit www.leanonlamb.com.
Tip #3 Simplify Breakfast
Even when you’re eager to hit the road and get to the beach, don’t make the common mistake of skipping breakfast! Breakfast gives your body the fuel it needs to play hard! Breakfast is also a great opportunity to get in nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D and fiber, not to mention for preventing an emergency fast food stop 30 miles down the road.
Great Grains by Post is a great option for a nutritious cereal. Made with less processed ingredients such as whole grain flakes from actual wheat berries, real fruit and nuts, just add milk or greek yogurt for a complete breakfast. Their “Protein Blend” cereals have 8 grams of protein per serving and come in delicious new flavors such as Honey, Oats & Seeds or Cinnamon Hazelnut.
Want to prepare a treat to take with? Try this banana nut chocolate chip crumb cake recipe from www.greatgrains.com. Using the Banana Nut Crunch cereal as a base, along with low-fat yogurt, bananas and chocolate chips, it is healthy with a delicious crunch!
Tip #4 Snack on Whole Foods:
It is normal to feel hungry every 3-5 hours, depending on the size of your last meal. When out and about and there’s no time to stop for a meal, snacks provide a great bridge to the quiet those stomach gurgles. Snack smart by choosing whole foods such as fruits, nuts & seeds that are nutrient dense and satisfying.
There are a lot of packaged snacks out there, but some are higher quality than others. KIND bars is one of my favorites for “on the go” energy. With simple ingredients that you can pronounce and only 5 grams of sugar, they also come in fun flavors. Try their new “nuts and spices” line including Dark Chocolate Chili Almond (has a little bite to it!) or their Maple Glazed Pecan and Sea Salt with an awesome sweet & salty combo.
Craving dessert? Try crumbling a chocolate KIND bar on natural vanilla ice cream—YUM!
What are you favorite summertime recipes?
I love adding to my recipe collection — leave a comment below and share your favorite summer recipes!
Disclosure: I worked with Mazola, the Tri-Lamb Group, Post, and Kind Snacks for the TV segment, but did not receive compensation for writing this blog post.