Now that Summer is less than a month away, you know the heat waves are coming. In Massachusetts, it is either a nice 70 with a breeze or hotter than the Seventh Circle of Hell with humidity. So the idea of doing a meal prep or cooking in general is the last thing I want to do.
However, I also don’t want to be cooking each of my meals. I’m not going to lie, I still use the oven minimally. A bonus pro tip is picking foods that you don’t mind eating cold is also a lifesaver during heat waves.
Something to definitely keep in mind is ensuring you keep your produce cold. Each Summer produce is left out and they rot so fast it is ridiculous during heat waves. Don’t even get me start about the fruit flies either…Ensure you are getting enough for yourself and anyone else you are cooking for when you meal prep.
These are 4 key tips I have learned that has helped me still meal prep during the Summer, but not be sweating at the oven.
Tip 1: Pick Foods that You Can Just Chop Up and Cook When Needed!
Some of my favorites are bok choy, swiss chard, kale, and even celery or cucumbers. You don’t necessarily even have to cook them and just eat them raw! What is also great about these choices is they are naturally cooling, but also can help with digestion.I know when it is super hot and humid my stomach is off.
Tip 2: Utilize either a Grill, Instant Pot, or Crockpot!
This is the best ways to cook your proteins in my opinion. In all honesty, who doesn’t love the taste of grilled meats? Plus you can also utilize the grill for grilling some fruits and vegetables too! As for the Instant Pot and Crockpot, I love using them to make a whole meal. You can make shredded chicken and make different meals with it each day!
Tip 3: Stock Up Your Freezer with Premade Smoothies!
By premade smoothies I mean you throw everything you want in the smoothies (besides any liquids or powders) and store them in the freezer. I know for myself, all I crave is ice cream when it is hot. Smoothies are a nice substitute especially if you can eat bananas (hello banana ice cream)! Some great smoothie options are my swamp green or PB&J smoothie bowls!
Tip 4: Salads, Salads, and More Salads!
Eating salads is the simplest way to get the most nutrients without cooking! I highly recommend topping them with protein and fats to keep you full and satisfied. Some great topping is leftover sweet potatoes or yams, any animal protein, avocados, grass-fed/raw cheddar cheese, and roasted vegetables in general. Pretty much throw whatever you have in a bowl and called it good.
I’d love it if you’d share this with anyone who suffers during a heat wave (which is pretty much everyone)! Thank you loads for reading loves!