When the weather warms up, we subconsciously reach for foods that are more hydrating, lighter and cooler. Here are my favourite go-to snacks and meals for when the weather is hot and we don't feel like lighting a stove. Breakfast: 1/2-1 cup of fresh berries poured in a half cup of greek nonfat yogurt I like to sprinkle in some bran buds or some element of starch.

Mid Morning Snack: 1 apple 1 tbsp natural peanut butter

Lunch:

Lettuce roll-ups are a fresh, clean way to get in a complete protein and some extra greens. Use romaine instead of leaf lettuce for extra nutritional benefits, and have some fresh, raw vegetables on the side. I eat about 3 leaves stuffed with chicken, tofu, turkey, tuna… What's your favourite?

Afternoon Snack:

1 cup of raw vegetables (snow peas, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumber…) 1-2 tbsp of hummus

Dinner:

I have a new favourite. Broccoli slaw, in a vinaigrette, with chopped up pieces of chicken. What an awesome take on the oh-so-healthy but oh-so-boring broccoli and chicken combo! Here's a photo to taunt you, and I will post the recipe as soon as my mother gets her butt out of the garden long enough to send it to me. :)

I hope this gives you some new ideas for crisp, clean and healthy meals. They are all balanced with the good sources of the macronutrients (protein, carbs, fats) for a steady stream of energy - so you can fully enjoy your summer.

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