Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SUMMER FOOD

It's all about salads, right?


According to some folk, we Brits should have lost a few pounds over the past couple of weeks - that’s pounds as in weight (lbs) rather than currency (£) – because apparently when the weather is hot and sunny we lose our appetite. It’s not the first time I've heard this and many of my clients echo the same thought, reporting that they prefer to eat smaller portions and consume foods that are light and refreshing when the meteorological conditions are such that you could fry an egg on the ground.

The UK has seen some of the hottest days of the year during the past couple of weeks and although the sunshine can bring about changes in clothing, mood and day-to-day activities, it appears it can also have an impact on our diet. While I was in London last week, my friend and I went for lunch and I chose chicken prosciutto at which she questioned how I can eat a cooked meal when it’s so hot and humid. I've always thought this about people who puff away on cigarettes when they’re clearly clammy from the heat, but being a foodie I can eat anything at any time of year no matter the weather.

In terms of food, summer is synonymous with salads; firstly because they are quite refreshing and hydrating, and secondly because the summer sun is a reminder that it’s time to get bikini-ready. It’s a bit of a common misconception that all salads are low calorie and therefore can contribute to achieving that svelte, beach body because some salads are laden with high calorie dressings: creamy, oily and sugar-based dressings are all guaranteed to add calories to your leafy greens so you do need to be mindful of this if you are trying to lose weight.

I decided to make one of my favourite side-salads at the weekend. I incorporated some healthy mono-unsaturated fats (avocado and olive oil); and combined it with some deliciously sweet strawberries and balsamic vinegar. The salad accompanies white fish beautifully.

  • Simply slice some strawberries and avocado into small pieces
  • Tear some fresh basil leaves and sprinkle on top of the strawberries and avocado
  • Drizzle balsamic vinegar and virgin olive oil over to your preferred taste (add pepper if you like) and then mix together and serve – feel the mixture of textures and flavours tickle your palate.





Later x


14 comments:

  1. Hi Colleen! Im more as you, being a foodie I eat whatever I want, no matter the weather! Rather in summer I eat more ice creams and isnt that good!:P Btw, love salads too and avocado, I should have the ingredients and for sure will give it a try, looks refreshing, healthy and really delicious!:) Kisses! xo

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    1. I eat quite a bit of ice cream on holiday, but not so much here in the UK x

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  2. I agree with that premise: the hotter the weather, the less appetite you have for food. But at the same time, I only seem to experience that in countries with 4 seasons. Back in the Philippine Islands where it's hot all year round, I eat like a pig. Hahaha. I should really explore avocado more. Back again where I came from, avocado is consumed more as a dessert. We mix it with skimmed milk, sugar, and lots of ice. No one I know here has heard of such a thing. But I love it. Haven't had it for ages! Have a lovely day Colleen xxx

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    1. That's so true because when I visit family who live in Tampa and Nevis we always eat cooked meals and loads of it x

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  3. Dear Colleen, i also love fruits and salads so much, at summer even more. My body want fresh food. But in the moment a got problem with my stomach and the doctor recommended to give up fruits, vegetable, milk and more for a while. I´m really sad about this. :( But your recipe founds fantastic.

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    1. ohhh noo, hope the stomach problem settles down soon x

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  4. Problem is ice cream...so eat less but I crave more sweets in summer! But I have tried strawberries with balsamic but not with avocado seems logical if you work laterally!! Will try it now and see how it goes! Xx

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    1. The only thing I find I consume more of during the summer is alcohol, but that's only because i socialise more at this time of year x

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  5. The recipe is fantastic....I could eat just on the fruit and weg....I love them...have a great week...

    Lubica

    http://lttreasure.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Your salad looks absolutely delicious, Colleen. And it is so easy to make! I can't just eat salad alone for a meal; I would be hungry after a while. I love avacado in salad especially when it is more for a light meal. I always like my salad naked or with vinaigrette or ponzu. It feels cleaner and more refreshing. I come from Singapore which is summer all year round so I eat my cooked food and warm food all year round too.

    RYC:
    I find that Instagram and blogging help me to keep track of and remember many of my life's happenings. Sometimes when I don't capture these moments, I forget about them way too quickly.

    Thank you for visiting and for your sweet comment, Colleen. Much appreciated and hope we could continue to keep in touch!

    Jo
    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

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  7. Hi Jo, thank you for visiting and your lovely comment. I'd recommend this salad as a side salad rather than a mains salad and I couldn't agree with you more about blogging and Instagram

    I don't recall visiting your blog Jo, but I will.

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  8. I have to admit, hot weather sadly doesn't impact me this way - I prefer hot foods year round. And I definitely don't lose weight in the summer months, likely because of all the margaritas. In the winter, I'm much more well behaved, food-wise. Still, I do enjoy salad occasionally and if this salad were to, say, accompany a pasta dish, I would be quite happy with it :) It does look just beautiful!
    xox,
    Cee

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  9. I agree that changes in weather can affect a person's appetite. Eating fresh food, like fruits and vegetables, can really help someone gain back his lost appetite. It can also be a healthier substitute if you're watching your diet. Anyway, I love your salad! It looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe, Colleen! All the best to you!

    Harvey Clark @ Ziryab

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