Summer is fast approaching which means that the thick and warm comfort food of winter is going to feel way too heavy for those days. As with fashion, food changes seasonally, based not just on what is “in season” but also on the kind of tastes that fit the temperature, weather, and the general “vibe” of this time of year. Not only will I be changing up my closet, I am changing up my pantry. Sharing some summer flavors you’re going to want to try with your foods.
Going nuts for coconuts
Bring a bit of the beach to the dinner table with this fruit that is a lot more versatile than it’s usually given credit for! Coconuts are great as a part of a salad, and coconut-based curries are extremely popular.
You can even make coconut peanut butter to make your morning toast a little more exciting than usual. It’s also great for upping your metabolism, making it a great fat-burning ingredient for any meal.
Add some zest to your meals
What’s more refreshing than a nice dose of citrus? You don’t need to go biting into a lemon to get a hint of that lively, zesty flavor that works so well on a summer’s day. Pairing it with the slightly stodgier foods allows lemon to cut through those starchy flavors, bringing dishes like a nice lemon potato bake to life.
Take the Mediterranean approach
Salad is a meal that shines best in summer, but the kind of dressing that you have with it is what really makes the meal. There are few better accompaniments to a salad than Greek dressing.
Of course, it goes with a lot more, bringing lemon and olive oil to cut through the starch of potato meals, pasta, as well as adding a lot of flavor to chicken with its garlic and pepper mix. An extremely versatile side to add to any dish.
Ring any bells?
Peppers of all kinds are going to see a lot more play in the summer and if you want to head for the spicier options, then there’s no better time.
However, bell peppers of all colors make for a really refreshing addition to meals and can work very well as a replacement for staple crops when you want a meal to be a lot lighter. Peppers with homemade hummus make for a really great meal when you want to go especially light.
Of course, it’s not all about your savory meals. Summer berries are one of the easiest substitutions to make when it comes to your warm weather breakfast salads, smoothies, and all manner of desserts.
Berries are incredibly healthy for you, too, chock full of vitamins as well as the antioxidants that help the body’s cells better protect themselves, even as far as reducing the risk of cancer. Everyone can do with more berries in their diet.
You don’t need to make huge changes to your meals but just adjusting the portions and adding the tastes above can turn a heavy winter comfort food into a zesty summer treat.
How does your diet change over the summer? Do you have any Summer Flaves I can add to my list?