As the start of summer gets nearer here in Australia, now is a great time to begin thinking about what types of gatherings and get-togethers you will be hosting during the warmer months.
Whether you’re planning for a birthday, Christmas or Australia Day, it’s always good to have several go-to recipes in mind to feed your hungry guests.
In this article, we’ll highlight three top picks for light and fresh food ideas for the summer months. Read on to get inspiration for your next event.
Seasonal fruit salad
Take advantage of the many seasonal fruits that Australia has to offer by putting together a simple fruit salad. Chop up your favourite summertime fruits, such as watermelon, pineapple, honeydew melon, kiwifruit and peaches, and combine them in a large bowl or into individual servings.
One of the best things about fruit salads is that you can easily customise them to suit your taste, and guests can pick and choose their favourite fruits to build their personalised dish.
Simple, light salads
Simple salads are sure to please a crowd at an outdoor BBQ or hosted dinner. Light salads are quite versatile and can also be customised to suit various tastes.
Build your salad by following these basic principles. First, pick a green base, such as spinach, cos lettuce, kale or even a mixture of multiple greens. Next, add in complementary vegetables, like carrots, cucumber and fresh tomatoes. Then, you can get creative by adding seasonal fruits, savoury cheeses and nuts or croutons for a bit of crunch.
Salads are excellent because you can put a unique spin on each one you make. So even if you’re hosting multiple events over the summer, or you are just hosting a large gathering where you want to provide multiple dishes, you’ll never have to repeat the same salad twice.
Especially when it’s hot outside, there’s nothing like a nutrient-packed smoothie to cool you down and boost your energy. Smoothies are another versatile summer food item because they can be made with so many different ingredients, including fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein.
Smoothies are an easy, effective way to get your daily servings of key vitamins and minerals. For example, you can add spinach into smoothies to increase your intake of iron, vitamins A and K and folate — without even tasting it. As a result, smoothies are an excellent option for parents who are struggling to find ways to serve their children more vegetables.
Each of these three light and cool food ideas provide healthy choices for summer snacking for parents and kids alike. But while consuming the right food is important, it’s also essential to make sure you and your children are getting enough physical exercise.
Encourage your little ones to stay active this summer by signing them up for courses at your local PCYC. Each club has a variety of programs for children and young adults to participate in, including boxing training, gymnastics and other activities. Learn more and register here.