The official start of summer is here! Longer days filled with sunshine means more time to spend outdoors enjoying barbecues, going to the beach, or even catching up on a good book.
No matter how you plan on spending your summer months, we’ve got you covered with refreshing eats to keep you cool in the sizzling heat. Let’s get started:
Headed to the beach? Try a fresh fruit salad.
A medley of sweet and juicy fruit is a great way to stay refreshed at the beach. Splash lemon and orange juice onto a mix of tropical fruits like kiwi, bananas, pineapple, and oranges for a taste that’s sure to transport you to paradise. Pre-soak the fruits in their juices a couple of hours before hitting the water for a sweeter salad. If you’re having a cookout on the sand, this dish acts as a great side or dessert that’s sure to be a winner with the crowd.
Planning a picnic? Order ice cream with a twist.
I scream, you scream -- you already know how it goes. Since the 17th century it seems no one has stopped screaming for this creamy treat. If you’re going on a picnic or taking a stroll through the park, an ice cream taco is sure to be the cherry on top of a glorious day. After all, you love tacos AND ice cream so it only makes sense to combine both. These amazing creations include one to three scoops of ice cream with generous toppings, all wrapped in a hard waffle cone shell. Make sure to order two, you won’t want to share.
Relaxing at home? Get tropical with an acai bowl.
Perfect for breakfast, lunch or even a snack, acai bowls are a summer favorite for a reason. From Brazil to Hawaii, these bowls are known for being filled with antioxidants and fiber. Top the acai (luscious pureed berries) with crunchy granola and tasty fruit like blueberries, strawberries, and bananas for a meal that will leave you satisfied. You can also just do it for the ‘gram, as these colorful bowls make for beautiful pictures.
Lunch at work? Stay energized with a veggie salad.
Bring summer to your work desk by enjoying a light and refreshing veggie salad. Try a Burmese tea leaf salad, which brings together cilantro, fermented tea leaves, toasted peanuts, yellow split peas, and hearty romaine lettuce. If you want a true taste of summer, try our favorite: a watermelon feta salad. This salad includes chilled watermelon chunks, crumbled feta cheese, and hints of mint, mixed in with crunchy kale. Spicing it up with interesting combinations and seasonal ingredients will make lunch something you look forward to.
Enjoy these delicious meals wherever summer takes you, just remember to stay hydrated and wear lots of sunscreen!