Oh, the summer bliss is here! Bright long sunny days, vibrant wardrobes, making ice cream a daily indulgence and our personal favourite... Mangoes!
Summers are High Energy Months
Summers are great for exercising – running, gymming, cycling. Even while resting, look at how much you sweat - all that is your body using energy sources. These are the “energy months”. We feel more active and the sunny days have us all in a good mood (because the sunlight generates serotonin in the brain which is the ‘happy hormone’). We almost act as if we’re coming out from winter hibernation, losing those layers of clothes.
Summer heat does have tiring, annoying effects on us but we can make it work. Choosing the right food can have significant positive changes on you. The right food that keeps you cool and is anything filled with antioxidants and proteins.
Your Body Needs More Protein, Not Less
When you’re so active, your body depletes energy faster which therefore needs to be replenished more in the summers. We drink more liquids and eat seasonal fruits without realising that we’re missing out on the essential energy that protein gives us.
Most of us don't think about eating protein to stay cool, but it actually does wonders for us.
- It gives us energy, glowing skin (bye bye suntan) and compensates for the delicious carb cravings.
- Protein helps repair and energise the body from within. When your body moves more in summer, the muscle fibres stretch and are more active. The body needs to repair these, for which it requires more protein.
A general rule of thumb is to avoid fats, heavy carbs, and dark meat. It's what we categorise as 'hot foods', which as the name suggests generate more heat in your body. You can't eliminate fats and carbs from your diet but you can accompany them with the right ingredients to balance the heat.
Even though protein is highly recommended as a part of your summer diet, you need to choose the source carefully.
- Lean meats like chicken breast, eggs, lentils, beans, chickpeas are the great proteins to fuel your body.
- Peanut butter is one of the best food forms of protein. You get up to 10g of protein in each 32g serving. And as an option it’s quite versatile. You can have some with toast, add two spoons to your oats, drizzle it on fruit or add it to your milkshakes.
High Protein Summer Recipes
Here are a few recipe ideas you need to try this summer -
1. Rice-paper spring rolls - a perfectly vibrant Vietnamese dish that anyone can make. The best part is that you can change up the veggies and add proteins like tofu, prawns, paneer, or chicken any way you like. In fact, rolling up these summer rolls is so fun you can even have the kids join you. Serve it with peanut chilli chutney and you're all sorted!
2. Asian Noodle Salad - Did you know that in Korea people actually eat icy cold noodles in the summer? Well, we may not be that extreme with our palate but a fresh cold salad can be the perfect lunch. The dressing is honey-sweet, zingy and savoury, and nutty with our in house dip. It's the perfect balance for your taste buds.
3. Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen - Spice up your afternoons with Chilli Chutney Peanut Butter! This simple yet delicious recipe will definitely get your mouth watering.
4. Shakes, Juices and Smoothies - This one goes without saying... it's by far the tastiest and literally the easiest way to cool your summers. Adding almond, cashew or peanut butter creates the creamy-sweet-refreshing shakes. You can even use these as a pre or post-workout protein shake!
These recipes are simply perfect for a summer full of adventure. Try something new, we've got unsweetened, jaggery, spicy and chocolate-y flavours. With so many choices and recipes right here, what's stopping you?
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