Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Cool food to make the heat bearable

With the current high temperatures, it’s not advisable for one to stand by a stove preparing hot food. Rather, lost people prefer to prepare lighter and brighter meals with very little labor.

“It makes sense to eat warmer, heavier meals in winter because then our bodies need to generate more heat to fight off the cold. But right now we need to be lighter on our feet because its summer. To combat the blazing heat and dryness, we need more greens and lighter food that will hydrate us,” said Clinical Dietitian at Princess Marina Hospital Moira Mangwegape.

She however cautioned people to skip on the ice cream, adding that the best summer foods are the ones that hydrate while clearing off toxins.

“Ice cream and milkshakes should be avoided as they do the exact opposite. Rather indulge more in sorbets, frozen yoghurt, smoothies and the like,” she said. 

Mangwegape also encouraged people to eat more greens, fruits, farm produce and lean meat. Stick a whole chicken in the oven and spice it up with rosemary, garlic and a touch of lemon juice. It’s simple, but it will be a pleasant surprise. 

“The healthy trick there is that you replace salt with lemon juice and you are good to go. Plus it is easy, cost effective and does not require you to work too hard,” said Mangwegape.

The following recipe will definitely get your creative juices flowing and can act as a guideline for your future meals. Feel free to play around with it and make it your own little kitchen adventure.

Easy homemade garlic and rosemary roast chicken

1 x whole chicken

2 x cloves garlic (crushed)

┬╝ cup lemon juice

1 › tablespoon crushed rosemary


Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Mix the garlic, rosemary and lemon juice into a paste and rub it all over the chicken. Roast in the oven for 1 › hour and allow it to cool. Serve with anything from a salad to roast vegetables with a buttered bread roll or even fried rice and enjoy!


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