Friday, 25 May 2012

Summer Healthy Eating and Arthritis

One of the most popular posts on this blog, is about eating well over the festive season so I thought I would do something similar with tips on eating healthily in the summer. Generally, it is quite easy to eat well when the sun is shining. Fresh fruit, salads, light dishes are all abundant and  appealing in the heat. But picnics and BBQs can also be a minefield of burnt sausages, chips, beer and past-it potato salad. Know what to avoid and what to enjoy with these tips and recipes:

1. Get creative with the BBQ - getting the grill out doesn't have to mean sausages and burgers. Try marinading lean meats and fish with these flavoursome, arthritis-friendly sauces and experiment with grilling slices of vegetables. Peppers, courgettes, carrots and aubergines all taste fantastic brushed with a little olive oil and grilled. Or for a no-chop option, try grilling asparagus.

2. Do-good dips - swap the ketchup, sour cream and mayo for these these dips full of arthritis-busting ingredients or make this fresh salsa. Pack some up to take on a picnic and serve with flatbreads and slice raw veg.

3.Watch for wilting - if you are on immune-suppressants you need to be extra careful to avoid food that has been left out in the sun. Bugs multiply rapidly in the heat and it can be all to easy to get food poisoning. Put your dips and salads in the fridge straight after using, don't hoover up any leftovers from plates sat in the heat and be careful at parties. Always make sure any meat that has been BBQ-ed is hot and cooked in the centre before serving. Use your nose and eyes - if it smells funky and looks wilted then don't eat it!

4. Keep hydrated in the heat - try water infused with slices of cucumber and mint or lime wedges for a refreshing alternative to sugary drinks. If you are drinking alcohol, remember to have glass of water for every drink to avoid dehydration.

5. Sweet treats - summer is made for ice-cream but why not experiment with these lighter sorbets and frozen yoghurts too. Grill peaches, bananas and pineapple of the BBQ for a delicious easy dessert.

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