Isn’t this weather absolutely lovely. I really hope the predictions are right and we are in for a lovely summer this year. This doesn’t mean you have to drink wine in beer gardens and eat lots of ice cream you can still stay on plan and have a healthy but lovely summer. I thought I would share with you my “must haves” for a healthy summer.
- Peppers – They are so versatile you can have them in salads, with dips (lots here to try), on skewers making your own kebabs, or just quartered on the BBQ.
- Bottles of Squash – There are so many great flavours out there buy anything you like if it is sugar free and enjoy it as a refreshing drink all day. We all know that fizzy drinks are never as refreshing as water or squash so buy some tasty ones and you wont regret it.
- Kitchen roll – whilst being so useful for picnics it is also helpful when you buy salad to put a piece in the bag to help keep it fresh. We often get through salad quite quickly and don’t need this but if you don’t then give it a try.
- Strawberries and other berries – refreshing to snack on and usually relatively cheap as they are in season at the moment. They are great between meals or even frozen and added to a drink to make it look pretty. Raspberries particularly look lovely frozen in a clear drink like water or vodka! Perhaps even go strawberry picking as a family.
- Skewers, paper plates and napkins – enjoy eating outside more with lots of picnics and BBQs and also avoid too much washing up! There are loads of ways to make a BBQ or summer picnic healthy (more details here).
- Low calorie or low syn ice lollies. I love the Jubbly boxes which are around £1-2 for 8 and are kept in the cupboard and frozen when needed and the ice lollies (not to be confused with the smoothies!) are 1 syn each and so refreshing.
- Pineapple and melon – both are tasty and refreshing as they are but can also be frozen with a stick in to make your own ice lolly.
- Baby plum tomatoes – not only are they great in salads and as a side to meals they are a tasty snack too. I absolutely love them to snack on and they are much healthier than sweets, crisps and even grapes!
- Ice cube bags – it is just so hot so if you haven’t got ice in the freezer get some in! Whilst you can buy bags of ice I find that ice cube bags are easiest. Adding a blueberry or raspberry can add a little colour and fun too.
- Lemons, cloves and Fly spray – Ok this isn’t something for you to eat but when you have a lot of fruit around it can attract flies and spray can keep you sane. To try and deter flies in the first place cut a lemon in half and stick in some whole cloves and place near the fruit which helps.
- Fat free fromage frais – it is lovely with fruit and much better for you than cream! I have it a lot over the summer so why not try it for yourself!
What are your essentials? Have you tried any of these?