BEST FOODS AND COOKING METHODS FOR THIS SPRING AND COMING SUMMER SEASON
Winters are the months for relishing warm drinks, soups, tea, and coffee as they help keep us warm in the cold weather. But the body needs changes with changing weather. Our body needs cool and calming foods during the warm days of spring and summer season. We need to keep ourselves light by wearing cotton clothes in all pastel colours, eat easy to digest and refreshing foods and enjoy mostly indoors during warm season.
Spring is a time to shift from the heavier foods and more sedentary lifestyle of winter. It is the time to eat vibrant foods that are either cooked quickly or eaten raw, such as salads. Some of the tender young greens come into season in the spring, along with vegetables that are more flavourful when cooked very quickly.
Foods that support you in summer:
corn, amaranth, quinoa, millet, soba noodles
Green Beans, Summer Squash, Spinach, Salad Greens, Green Peas, Swiss Chard, also known as silver beet, Avocado, Sweet Bell Peppers, Corn, Asparagus, Tomatoes
Strawberries, Blueberries, Grapes, Apricots, Raspberries, Guava
Use Cooling Cooking Methods
Use lighter cooking methods in warmer months like steaming, blanching, healthy stir fry, quick broil, water saute, raw or chilled soups, raw salads, and even lightly grilled is good for summer. Intuitively, your body doesn’t crave baked foods, oil saute, or longer cooked meals in the summer because those aren’t balanced for the season. Not only are these cooking methods best for the vegetables of spring and summer, but they tend to be much more cooling for the body.
Here are some quick recipes that are easy to prepare, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy playful outdoor summer activities.
- Steamed Salmon with Asparagus
- Salmon with Mint Salsa
- Halibut with Avocado Salsa
- Steamed Vegetable Medley
- Fresh Herbed Chicken Breasts
Not to forget, the most important key to remain fresh and healthy in summers is to stay hydrated. In the warmer months it is more important to drink plenty of water and stay away from sugary and caffeinated beverages. Keep in mind that you can get a lot of hydration from your food, so eating high-water content food helps your cells stay hydrated as well.