On those hot summer days, when you’re tired and hungry, the last thing you want to do is turn on the hot oven or stove and cook yourself a meal. Whether you’re out in the sun or staying indoors, it’s good to know what type of food and snacks you should be reaching for in the heat. We’ve gathered some of our favorites below.
Why does our appetite change on hot days?
It’s common to find your appetite decreasing on hot days – this is your body’s attempt to stay cool. When certain bodily processes start firing, like the digestive system, heat is created within the body. The less it’s working, the less internal heat that is being created.
When you get really hot – you sweat. That loss of water, minerals, and vitamins can actually cause some chemical imbalances that can suppress appetite as well.
Do you crave cold ice cream and frozen popsicles on hot, summer days<? Us too. However, it can often be better to eat hot foods on hot days instead! Try some piping hot soup or a fresh slice of pizza and let us know what you think.
Snacks and meals for those toasty summer days
Salads: We have a handful of favorite
- This chicken and spinach pasta salad that gets some extra taste and nutrition from the featured hummus and chicken.
- This kale, strawberry, and avocado salad with lemon poppyseed dressing< is sure to be a hit for people that love extra veggies and berries in their salad.
- Snap Kitchen’s Tuscan Kale Salad with Shrimp is the ideal combination of grilled-to-perfection wild-caught shrimp, grilled kale, parmesan cheese, and toasted pine nuts – making for a tasty, textured Tuscan bite.
Fruit: One of the most popular summer foods out there, you can never go wrong with some fresh fruit on a hot day. Whether you’re eating it as-is or working it into a recipe, try out some of our favorites:
Sandwiches: A sandwich, hot or cold, is an easy meal to make without having to turn on the oven. Something as simple as a classic PB&J or maybe a ham and cheese – the world is your oyster. Perhaps you’ll opt for a non traditional sandwich without the bread – such as the Snap Kitchen Ranch Burger. (Burgers are sandwiches, right?)