Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Regaining the lost appetite

Summer and loss of appetite. I believe, this is a very common phenomenon. Even the heartiest food lovers like me, who literally live to eat, find themselves consuming less in the hot season. Many people take it as a positive chance to reducing weight, which is, ofcourse, not at all healthy. Even if our body doesnt need excessive calories, it does need healthy nutrients to keep going. And trust me, ice-creams or sugary cocktails are the least of things that could supply us with the essential energy. I am myself a huge fan of these summer treats but every night at our home, there has to be something on the dinner table as well.

Now the question is, what should be done to regain the lost appetite? There is actually no secret tip but a simple rule: try to go for the food choices that are specifically meant for summers, e.g. cold refreshing and healthy salads or fresh fruits and sugar-free smoothies etc. And the best part is, you need not even stand over the hot stove for hours to prepare these delicious choices; they are done within minutes.

Summer Salad


Freshening Up The Left-Overs

There is actually no exact recipe for the salad . I simply used the left-over boiled spaghetti from the day before, added a few fresh ingredients to it and a healthy, filling and nutritious salad was created within minutes that we all three enjoyed eating in the hot weather.

Ingredients:

1 cup boiled chilled sphaghetti
1 red apple, cut in slices
1/2 green apple
1/2 cup grapes
1 peer, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup tomatoe ketchup
3 tbs fresh cream
salt and pepper
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp mustard paste
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp dried italien herbs (optional)
1 cup fresh salad leaves (optional)

Mix together mayonnaise, ketchup, cream, lemon juice, sugar and mustard in a small bowl and season with salt, pepper and herbs. In a large bowl, take rest of the ingredients and pour the dressing over it. Toss well. Incase your ingredients were already enough chilled, serve immediately or place in the refrigerator or freezer for a while. Tip: Add the cold fresh salad leaves before serving to prevent sogginess. You may add other fruits and vegetables of your choice, e.g. cucumber, green peas, oranges or boiled kidney beans.









Chill yourself in the warm sunny days!







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