Are some foods better than others for summer lunches? When the weather gets hot, like right now, adults as well as children will say they are not hungry. Rather, they would like to have something cool, like ice cream, popsicles, or watermelon.
Most of us change our dinner menu based on the weather. But how many of you change the lunch menu? The traditional peanut butter sandwich does not sound so good in the heat.
Some Chinese medicine gurus consider some foods as cooling to the body. But must we always count food’s energy by calories? But foods may actually have a warming energy or a cooling energy, regardless of the calorie count.
Of course, you know that nature provides the cooling foods more likely to be harvested in the summer. Most of us are more active in the summer, with longer daylight. We need the extra energy from natural carbohydrates and sugars found in summer fruits and vegetables.
So, the foods that we can enjoy seasonally are corn, peas, plums, peaches, melons and berries. And for liquids, add in an extra peach or some watermelon. I think you will see a difference, in your lunch as well as the youngsters in your family.
Some other good ideas:
Raw foods, like cherry tomatoes, snap peas, carrots, and maybe even sliced yellow peppers.
High water foods like cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon, and tomatoes.
Replace sandwich bread with crisp celery and maybe a little peanut butter.
I use rice crackers instead of bread for my tuna “sandwich.”
Add lettuce, cucumber, and tomato to any sandwich.
Salads with lots of corn, rice, and beans are more cooling than a ham and cheese sandwich.
Cabbage is cooling, making coleslaw a great lunch item.
A cold summer soup might be a good substitute for a hot soup.
Avoid spicy, acidic, and greasy foods, as well as meat and most dairy products. They are all believed to create heat in our bodies.