Starting the Summer Months Right with Healthy Eating

by Anthia Koullouros

The weather is heating up, the end of year is quickly approaching and summer is knocking on the door. Summer is the festive season filled with end of year celebrations, sunset drinks, afternoon barbeques and is often a time that we over indulge in decadent foods and drinks.

Starting the Summer Months Right with Healthy EatingStart the summer months off right by enacting healthy eating principles. Below are my top healthy eating tips, to get you eating right to look and feel great during the upcoming silly season.

Eat Seasonally

Just like you dress seasonally and swap over your winter wardrobe for your summer clothes, we should also change our diets to eat with the seasons. Eating seasonally means being mindful to the time of year when a given type of food is at its peak and readily available to us. Seasonal produce is fresher and has greater flavour and nutrition then non-seasonal produce. Eating seasonal foods is also often cheaper as working with the seasons requires less human intervention, resulting in lower cost. Not to mention the lower environmental impact seasonal eating has as transport and other costs are reduced. So you can boost the nutrition of your meals, save money and help the environment at the same time! Seasonal foods to enjoy in the summer months include:

  • Vegetables: Asparagus, beans, capsicum, celery, cucumber, radish, peas, onion, zucchini and tomato.
  • Fruits: Apricot, banana, berries, cherries, mango, lychee, melon, nectarine, orange, papaya, peach, passionfruit pineapple and plum, and grapefruit

Eat Light and Fresh Foods

A change in season brings a change in temperature and this should be reflected in our food choices. Healthy eating for the summer season includes enjoying light and fresh foods that complement the warmer weather. Keep the body feeling refreshed and hydrated by enjoying salads, lightly cooked or raw foods rather than warming soups and stews, which should be reserved for the cooler months. Try my Apple, Fennel and Celery and Mint salad or my Prawn and Scallop Ceviche (recipe below!) as great fresh and cooling dishes that also aid digestion!

Starting the Summer Months Right with Healthy Eating

Courtesy of Anthia Koullouros from her book I AM FOOD.

Take on a Pre Summer Cleanse Program

Unleash the healthiest version of you and start the summer months in your best shape by participating in my 21-Day Summer Cleanse Program. The program will position you in a place of brilliant health before, during and after the festive season by empowering you with healthy eating and living principles. The cleanse focuses on a shift away from processed and artificial foods to healing wholefoods and herbal teas. It is the opportunity to provide your body with a complete reset and the boost it needs before the busy festive season.

Eat Mindfully

Summer is a festive and social time when eating food and meal time should be a joyous experience. Eating mindfully and being prepared is the key to staying healthy and making better food choices so you feel your best and are able to enjoy this sociable time. Below are my mindful eating tips to help you maintain your health over summer:
If you have a tendency to over-indulge in food at events, eat a delicious and nourishing wholefood meal before you go out. This way you will be content and satisfied and can be less tempted.

  • Bring a wholesome dish to parties and events that you enjoy eating and share the seasonal summer eating spirit.
  • Host a healthy dinner party! Show your friends how tasty wholefood eating can be.
  • Do not restrict yourself from trying your favourite foods. Enjoy a small bite of indulgent foods and savour each bite in moderation without overdoing it.
  • Chew your food slowly. Fill a small entrée size plate up with the best selection of food on offer, sit down and eat it slowly.

Enjoy Citrus in Abundance

Include citrus fruits into your summer meals to enrich your foods with extra nutrition and aid digestion. Citrus (lime, lemon, grapefruit and orange) is a rich source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids that will keep your immune system healthy and strong. The bitter taste from the citrus fruits and the zest also stimulate digestive juices, which in turn enhance fat and protein digestion. This will help you overcome a bloated belly and break down heavy meals. Ensure if you are using the zest that your citrus fruit is organic.

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Prawn and Scallop Ceviche

Ingredients:

  • 8 raw prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 8 fresh scallops, off the shell
  • 1/4 small red onion, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 long red chilli, finely chopped
  • 3 limes juiced
  • 1 cup finely diced kiwi, papaya and/or pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 small clove garlic, very finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • natural salt
  • witlof leaves, to serve
  1. Wash the seafood in water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Using a very sharp knife, cut it into 2–3 mm pieces and place in a bowl.
  3. Add the onion, chili, lime juice, capers, fruit, garlic and olive oil, then season with salt and mix well.
  4. This prawns and scallops may be replaced with raw barramundi, salmon or flathead fillets cut into cubes. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes for flavours to develop.
  5. Serve on witlof leaves.

About Anthia Koullouros

Renowned Herbalist, Naturopath, published author and founder of Ovvio Organics, Anthia Koullouros’s philosophy of healthy eating focuses on the foods that are the best for our bodies and wellbeing. Simple, nourishing, traditional dietary foundations underscore her philosophy as well as cleansing seasonally to build the foundations for optimal health.

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