The weather may change but our diet remains constant. Whatever the weather, summer, winter or the monsoon we want our pav bhaji or Schezwan chicken or the spicy kebabs and the masala chai. But realization never strikes us that change in weather could mean a change in diet as well. For those on a weight loss diet, the options are slim, you need food that is delicious, low in calories, rich in vitamins and minerals as well as fibers. Let’s peek into your refrigerator and cook up the best summer weight loss meals.
Max on vegetables
Vegetables are the best bet when the sun is unforgiving. Red meat is not advisable for summer as it increases your body’s internal energy requirement for digestion – thus, tiring you out if you aren’t in great health, to begin with. Luckily Indian food is known for delicious vegetarian food, which means that you won’t need to make too much of a compromise when shifting to a palette that mostly involves leafy vegetables.
Go easy on the nuts
Dried nuts are rich in calories and to avoid over indulging yourself with nuts have them in small proportion and stock away the rest. Another reason to avoid nuts in summer is that they produce heat in your body, which could result in heat boils. Go easy when snacking on these energy nibbles.
Learn about salads
They are no longer just sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and beetroot. Salads have evolved; restaurants have a wide selection of different salads. Indians are more open to feasting on salads as a meal. It takes less time to prepare and you can toss in anything you want even chicken and fish along with the greens. Add citrus fruits, chilled cucumber, and fresh lettuce and you’ve got the perfect summer meal.
Try the chilled soups
Gazpacho is the first dish that comes to mind when you hear the words – chilled soups. But you can try out soups made of tomatoes, green peas, and cucumbers; they are both cooling and refreshing. If you like beetroot, you should try chilled beetroot soup too. Healthy and refreshing, these chilled soups are the perfect starters on a hot and balmy summer night.
Enjoy fruits as desserts
Fruits cool the body, rejuvenate your cells, keep you hydrated, and taste like heaven on a hot summer day. Dice some fruits in a bowl, sprinkle some chat or cinnamon powder and you have an awesome dessert. Watermelon is the most sought after fruit when the sun is relentless.
Meet your summer crush – low-fat yogurt
Dairy products are always a healthy option, provided they are low fat. Good for digestion and rich in calcium, you can have yogurt any way you like – whipped into lassi, sweeten with sugar or mixed with fruits. Yogurt is cheap and doesn’t need a fancy accompaniment, but you do need a refrigerator to preserve the healthy bacteria.
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