Eat Light, Feel Refreshed this Spring
Spring is conducive to eating better. When the weather’s warmer, it’s much easier to eat raw or leafy dishes, and the market stalls and supermarkets are brimming with beautiful fruit and vegetables. Spring changes the meaning of comfort food because as the temperatures rise, there’s suddenly nothing comforting about the heavy, hearty meals you thought you couldn’t live without only a few weeks ago.
If you’re in spring mode and looking for ways to eat light, healthy meals, you’re at the right place.
Boring salads are so last season
If you’ve reached a point where your salads have become a little boring – it happens – and you find there are only so many ways to make a chicken salad exciting, why not add some sweetness to your salad? Slice up your favourite fruit and toss it in. The sweetness draws out the dynamic flavour of the savoury bits such as the cheese (the saltiness in a cheese like feta works well with sweetness), and it also enhances the zing of rocket. Berries work best.
Bean there, done that
Speaking of different salads… beans make for great salads or salad ingredients. You can buy beans, as well as sweetcorn and chickpeas canned, which will save you preparation time. Rinse them under running tap water and make a really great salad with them. Try this recipe which includes ingredients such as cucumber, red onion and feta. Doesn’t that sound delicious?
Water is the foundation on which good health is built and staying hydrated in warm weather is key. Aim to drink two litres a day. If you’re not very good at drinking water, try the new trend of adding fruit or veg slices to your water bottle before you chill it. It might not taste as sweet as commercial flavoured water, but the good thing is it doesn’t contain any artificial flavours or sugar.
Strawberries, kiwi, lemon, watermelon and cucumber make the best ‘flavoured water’. Add a mint sprig or two. Try different combinations and see what you prefer. Yes, this is your excuse to buy new, pretty water bottles and jugs.
Do you have any tips for eating lighter?