Summer Sensation

Summer eating with all it’s glorious colours, flavours and textures all in season so at it’s peak of vitamins, minerals and goodness packed full as nature intended and ready for you to savour!!

Sadly our British summer can seem very short so it’s so important to get all the goodness in when we can! Snacking during the longer summer days may not be a problem for some as their days are full leaving no time to snack, others may still find snacking an issue especially if the weather is hot and that has led to not wanting to cook a meal so grabbed quick foods throughout the day, when there is little or no planning involved that’s often when the healthy balance is lost leading to choices of high carbohydrate and low protein foods. Team that with not having drunk enough liquid can often lead to feeling bloating, uncomfortable and weight gain.

So what would be a good snacking choice? The images above are some great, no cooking involved ideas, but even these will take planning, as if you haven’t bought them you can’t choose them! The other concern is how fresh they will stay, so again careful planning on what spoils first and what lasts longer!

One of the positives about summer eating is possibly mealtimes are later in the day and provided they satisfy your physical and mental needs could even minimise evening snacking.

If you still want/need a healthy evening snack why not give this a go?

Photo by Debbie Khan

Healthy Hummus

  • 1 can of chickpeas drained
  • 1 tbsp of Tahini
  • 3 tbsp of 0% Greek natural yoghurt
  • 1 large chopped close of Garlic
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • Juice of Lemon to make your required consistency (around 1/2 lemon)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together and use a blender if you like a smoother texture.

Serve with your choice of vegetable crudites

Why not try these other varieties too

Add roasted peppers and 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes

Photo by Debbie Khan

or add a small cooked beetroot

Photo by Debbie Khan

If you can’t face your summer fruit without cream, try a measured spoon of single, all the taste and less calories, same for sugar, try icing sugar measured and sieved. All the taste a fraction of the calories.

Photo by Christina Polupanova on

Too hot too eat??? Know the calories in your lollies! Or why not make your own, easy and cheap to do, just get some lolly sticks, lolly moulds or slim glasses and pour in any diet drinks eg; coke, fanta, lemonade etc. Easy ice cubes can make a wonderful thirst quencher just freeze slices of lemon/lime and orange on a plate then bag when frozen. You can also freeze melon/grapes and bananas another low calorie treat to enjoy!

Fancy trying this amazing low calorie ice cream that definitely counts as part of your 5 a day!! Simply cut up into chunks (about 1″) 2-3 ripe bananas in the freezer until just frozen, remove and mash or use a food blender/processor to break up the ice crystals, return to the freezer until frozen and then serve! You could add raspberries, peanut butter, cocoa powder or cinnamon.

Jelly?? Any diet drink can be made into jelly simply warm them up and use gelatine. Or get it ready made by buying sugar free jelly mix. You could also make them posh by adding gin or any other alcohol, add fruit if desired. Try this for a refreshing dessert.

Photo by Amanda Bonshor

1 sugar free jelly

450g 0% Fat plain yoghurt

Make the jelly to 1/2 pint with boiling water, leave to cool and then add the yoghurt and blend together. Pour into moulds/bowls place in the fridge until set and then add your chosen fruit. Serve with 1 tablespoon of fat free yoghurt.

Fancy a low calorie jam? Or jus? Simmer your chosen fruit to the desired constituency, stir in a sachet of sugar free jelly or gelatine, pour into jars and keep in the fridge.

Photo by Sonya Peaty

A firm favourite of mine is Pineapple Surprise….

Photo by Jackie Leech
  • 1 tin of crushed pineapple, drained
  • 4 heaped tablespoons of 0% Plain yoghurt
  • Artificial sweetener to taste
  • 2 teaspoons rum or a few drops of rum essence
  • 2 teaspoons of toasted dessicated coconut.

Simply place the pineapple in a sundae glass, mix together the yoghurt, rum and sweetener and pile on top, finish with the toasted coconut. Delicious! I do think it looks so much more impressive when it’s served. There are so many variations you could try, Black Cherry, Mandarin Oranges, Strawberries with grated chocolate. The list is endless……

Of course we can’t forget good old H2O!! During the warm summer days it’s vital you stay hydrated, and water is the best and cheapest way to achieve it. Here’s some great ideas to keep it different and interesting. Freeze the core of a fresh pineapple and add it to your water bottle, it will defrost throughout the day and keeps your water cold as well as flavoured. This works with lemon/limes/oranges. Also try fresh mint and cucumber or any fruit of your choice

Photo by Alex Azabache on

Instead of seeing obstacles during the summertime – look for opportunities!!

Summertime is always the best of what might be

charles bowden

10 thoughts on “Summer Sensation

  1. I fancy trying some of these dip recipes. I’ve never believed that you can’t eat hot food when it’s hot. People in hot countries manage it all the time!

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  2. Great post with interesting ideas. I like the jelly and yogurt recipe and some great ideas at the meeting. I will definitely be trying some this week

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  3. I had three very ripe bananas so made the banana ice cream added some cocoa absolutely yummy,going to do the jelly and yogurt next

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