My final fruit salad recommendation often brings with it a lot of skepticism, and I, too, was hesitant at first, but let me tell you what makes this work. Add some cubes of watermelon and feta to a salad of your choice and you’ll find that the salt of the feta is balanced out by the sweet watermelon, whilst incorporating a lighter texture to really lift the dish. There you have it – a meal you wouldn’t hide shamefully from your parents, and in fact, you might even send them a picture.
Frozen Grapes: These are so simple and practical, as the risk with fresh fruit is that they don’t last very long, and the best before date seems to decrease even faster in the heat. By putting your grapes in the freezer instead of the fridge they last as long as you need and are instantly more fun and cooling to eat. If you want to go the extra mile you can dip them in melted chocolate before freezing and indulge in the luxury of your ‘cooking’ skills. If you’re willing to share, then these are great movie night snacks too!
Ice Cream: It’s about time we reinvented how to eat ice cream. An all-time classic when eaten out a bowl, or preferably the tub, but there are still alternatives…
Edible Watermelon Bowl: A quick fix to spice up your bowl is to make one out of a watermelon instead. Simply cut in half and hollow out, making sure to leave an inch or two of fruit around the rim. Once you’ve filled it with ice cream you can garnish with more fruit, seeds or chocolate chips!
Ice Cream Ice Cubes: These are perfect to add to a cold summer drink such as smoothies or milkshakes. Simply defrost your ice cream until soft and using a spoon, mold into an ice cube tray and freeze. These can be used in a drink or as smaller additives to any dessert.
If plain-old ice cream isn’t really for you, then here are two different replacements that are slightly healthier, but just as satisfying.
FroYo: Frozen yoghurt (or ‘FroYo’) acts as a lighter substitute that is equally as delicious; I recommend the classic Yeo Valley brand Strawberry flavour.
‘Healthy’ Ice Cream: If FroYo is not your thing, then it might be worth giving these two brands a try. While they are slightly pricier, they’re no more than the tub of Ben and Jerry’s that I know you’d be willing to dish out the cash for – except these brands are way better for you. Breyers (Creamy Chocolate flavour) and Oppo (Choc Chip Cookie dough) contain considerably less sugar, and yet manage to remain just as sweet. The Breyers tub is also high in protein, so is perfect for building that muscle this summer (#gains) – who said you couldn’t eat ice cream and have abs?
No matter what combination of food you have this summer, remember to eat things that make you feel good and try to figure out the right balance for you. Mine includes a square of chocolate in one hand, an apple in the other and a cup of tea on the table – everything in moderation