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It is so hot during the summer where I live and I tend to not want to cook or even eat meals so I tend to snack more. I want to stay on track so what would you recommend?
by Vic2016

It is so hot during the summer where I live and I tend to not want to cook or even eat meals so I tend to snack more. I want to stay on track so what would you recommend?


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Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

Soaring temps can place your inner chef into the pantry. I tend to cook larger batches during the summer months and rely on my slow cooker. In addition, the local farmer's market is the place to be in the summer.

When you cook something double the recipe and freeze the additional portions. Once the food has cooled, place it in plastic baggies (doubled) and place them in the freezer. In the morning, just pull the baggie out of the freezer, place it in the refrigerator and when you get home, it will be defrosted and ready to be heated up.

Your slow cooker can be used for more than stews and "cold" weather type foods. You can do recipes like BBQ Ribs, Low Country Boil, Santa Fe Chicken, Shredded Beef and even Summer Pasta in your slow cooker. Throw the ingredients in the morning and you will have dinner when you get home.

Stock your kitchen with fresh fruits and vegetables that you can use for salads and smoothies. And don't forget to freeze fruits like grapes and bananas for a cool snacks. In addition, make sure to have some nuts, such as almonds, on hand to add to dishes and eat as snacks for added protein.

And don't forget to hydrate. Drink water throughout the day to make sure you are replacing any fluids you might be losing just from being outside in the hotter temps.

It is important to not skip meals. You need to keep your metabolism and energy going during the summer. You might find it easier to eat divide your meals into 6 mini meals.


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